In an effort to provide a coordinated philanthropic response to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Door County Community Foundation and the United Way of Door County have activated the Door County Emergency Response Fund.
The Emergency Response Fund provides flexible resources to local charities that are serving Door County residents impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The Emergency Response Fund was designed with flexibility in mind to ensure that resources may be shifted as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis.
The Community Foundation has made an initial contribution of $15,000 to the Door County Emergency Response Fund. Please consider making an online donation to help the people of Door County by visiting www.RespondDoorCounty.org.
The first phase of this work is intended to be a rapid response to short-term needs in Door County. While our healthcare providers and public health officials are working diligently to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Door County’s non-profits are also taking action to assist those whose health and economic well-being are most vulnerable. A joint Community Foundation – United Way Emergency Response Fund Task Force will work quickly to deploy grant dollars to local organizations that have a proven record of effectiveness and are playing a critical role in responding to the crisis and its economic consequences.
In the longer term, the Emergency Response Fund will distribute resources to non-profit groups that are helping people rebuild their lives after this crisis has abated.
Requests for assistance will be accepted by the joint Community Foundation – United Way Emergency Response Fund Task Force shortly. 501(c)(3) public charities, faith-based organizations, and other public entities serving the people of Door County are eligible to apply. A simple and streamlined application will be used so that decisions can be made quickly and on a rolling basis. An announcement regarding the application process will be made in the next few days.
Please join us in making a contribution to the Door County Emergency Response Fund. Visit www.RespondDoorCounty.org or call the Community Foundation at (920) 746-1786.
Free Video Conferencing Services
As a response to this health crisis, the Community Foundation has temporarily expanded our video conferencing system and is making it available to Door County’s charities and community coalitions during this health crisis. You do NOT need to physically be at Community Foundation Square to use our video conferencing service. You and your meeting attendees can participate from the isolation of your home or office through your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a camera. Our video conferencing service is very simple to use and is accessed through your web browser or a simple app you download to your phone. We can accommodate up to 100 participants at any meeting.
During the duration of this health crisis, all of Door County’s charities and community coalitions are invited to use the Community Foundation’s expanded video conferencing system free of charge. However, priority will be given as follows:
- Any meeting relating to the delivery of an important community service to Door County during this health crisis.
- Meetings of boards of directors of Door County charities.
- All other meetings.