Black Belt Community Foundation forms COVID-19 Response Fund

0

The Black Belt Community Foundation has formed a COVID-19 Response Fund to help regional organizations and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation has adopted a staff-wide effort to conduct daily pandemic assessments of the impact of COVID-19 on the Black Belt region. Information being collected from the 12 counties it serves is creating a picture of how communities are being impacted, the agency said in a news release.

BBCF’s goal is to identify partner organizations that may need assistance in critical outreach.

”It’s early on right now, but I can tell you that COVID-19 has affected all of our operations across the board. Whether it is our Head Start program, community granting or the launch phase for the 2020 Census outreach, we have had to rapidly, re-configure working patterns. At this phase, we are working hard to reach out to our local partners, community associates, grantees, Head Start families and community leadership to make assessments of where help is needed the most,” BBCF President Felecia Lucky said. “The information and resource sharing that is now happening is extremely useful and also inspiring to see how many people are proactively jumping into action. There are helpers out there everywhere, and we are trying to connect with them for a broader, more coordinated effort wherever possible.”

How to Help

Presently there are two main ways to help. If you are an organization or someone that is actively working in the community looking to join forces for greater outreach, BBCF wants to hear from you. Contact BBCF directly by e-mailing info@blackbeltfound.org.

Individual donors can immediately contribute to the COVID-19 Relief Fund by visiting the

BBCF website at http://www.blackbeltfound.org.

“We are hoping for the best, but it may not be long before people start noticing that their

neighbors need help,” Lucky said. “This is something affecting us all, and it looks like it is going to be expensive. As we narrow the lens on where the need is going to be the most, like people that are displaced, out of work or families just trying to keep food on the table, we will be able to properly target the funds.”

Lucky added, “So many examples of stepping up are happening all around me that give us a lot of hope here. Just look at our Head Start centers. Of course they are not able to hold classes in this environment, but our team of staff and teachers there have been immediately jumping into action to survey the hundreds of families of the students from the Black Belt to figure out how the home is affected now, what is going on with childcare, and will there be food on the table. We are assessing needs as quickly as possible, but we want to find the helpers out there who are doing the same and in need of help themselves.”

Find out more about BBCF and COVID-19 Relief at www.blackbeltfound.org

Join our Social Media Community and follow regional live updates at:

https://www.facebook.com/BBCF2004/