Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (April 17, 2020) – More than 20 million people in the United States have just lost their job. If you are NOT one of those people, think about donating your government stimulus check to help someone who is. Consider giving your stimulus check to the Door County Emergency Response Fund.
In an effort to quickly get money in the pockets of people who are out of work, the CARES Act took a “shotgun” approach, providing “Economic Impact Payments” to the vast majority of taxpayers whether they need the money or not. Depending on how much you earn, you could receive a payment of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per minor child. That gift from the government may already be into your bank account if your last tax refund was delivered by direct deposit. Others will receive checks through the mail in the coming weeks.
For goodness sake, we know that a lot of people are struggling right now – and if you’re one of them – you shouldn’t be embarrassed to use that stimulus check to take care of your family. But if this crisis is more of an inconvenience than an economic hardship for you, please consider using that money to help someone who’s struggling. Here are just a few of the ways the Door County Emergency Response Fund is helping people in Door County this very day:
- $25,449 is providing meals for nearly 800 people/day who are out of work
- $8,550 is addressing the increase in domestic violence
- $50,000 is helping medical facilities test and isolate COVID-19 patients
- $2,000 is getting diapers, wipes, and baby formula to struggling families
- $13,550 is aiding and protecting senior citizens
A complete list of all money collected and every distribution made is available online at www.RespondDoorCounty.org. Our goal is to be completely transparent with every dollar contributed.
Unfortunately, and almost inevitably, the size of the problem will be larger than the funds we have available to address it. Difficult choices will need to be made as to which organization or coalition is a higher priority at any given time.
Further, as significant as the problem is today, it will grow considerably as the crisis begins to impact our season and people remain out of work for longer periods of time. We’ve already seen one major arts organization shut down for the season and others are likely to follow. That means we’ll need to spread the distribution of the money you’ve contributed over many months. Regardless, you have our commitment to distribute every dollar you’ve donated to help people who live right here in Door County.
Finally, since we’re being completely transparent, you should know that we’ll almost certainly be asking you to give again. We’re facing some rough waters ahead and we won’t make it if we try to sail alone. We may have to stay apart for a while, but we’ll get through this if we hold together as a community.
Please join us and give to the Door County Emergency Response Fund.