The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nonprofit community has been immediate and continues to grow. On March 20, the GiveWell Community Foundation partnered with the United Way of Central Florida to establish the United Community Relief Fund to aid nonprofit organizations who are actively engaging and supporting individuals locally during this and future community crises.

GWCF and UWCF surveyed local nonprofits to determine needs and then established initial priorities for a Request for Proposals for the UCRF funding. The first round of funding has been determined and awarded to eligible nonprofits in the amount of $310,000! As requests were greater than funds received, those nonprofit requests that did not receive funding in the initial round are listed below for further consideration.

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OrganizationFocus AreaRequestedProgram Summary
1st Veterans Kids Care, IncHealth/Medical$10,000Purchase and set up the distribution of the personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of masks, latex gloves and sanitizing treatment compound.
Anchor House MinistriesEducation/Shelter$10,000Additional tutors and staff to work with boys who have challenges with learning; Prep for 2nd building for residents who become ill with Response Team
Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk CountySalaries$10,000Resources from the United Community Relief Fund would help minimize the strain on the organization and allow us to continue serving the community.
Camp Fire USA Sunshine CouncilUtilities for Org$9,504Seeking funds to assist with three months of operting expenses, which includes but is not limited to insurance premiums and utility bills.
Camp WingmannShelter$10,000Partnering with the Department of Children and Famlies to provide placement, overflow shelter for families impacted by COVID pandemic
Catholic Charities of Central Florida - Agape Mission MarketFood$10,000Agape Mission Market to provide additional food
Central FL Health CareFood - staff$10,000Food to help patient facing staff with additional burdens at home/work plus help stimulate our local economy by supporting area restaurants who have seen a huge decrease in revenue and have had to lay off employees.
Chapters Health FoundationHealth/Medical$10,000Purchasing personal protection equipment (PPE)
Circle of FriendsEducation$6,990Additional funding to extend services "to the entire Special Need’s community who are able to view and obtain our lessons via email."
Cornerstone Hospice FoundationHealth/Medical$10,000Purchase PPE for staff and provide masks to patients exhibiting symptoms
Elderpoint MinistriesFood/Personal Items thru transport for elderly$10,000Senior transportation for COVID relief essential items
Florida Polytechnic University FoundationHealth/Medical$8,560.49Funding for the materials needed to make face shield components for use by Advent Health’s central Florida Hospitals and for Auburndale Municipality front line responders.
Girls Inc Winter HavenEducation$3,620Provide additional schoolwork assistance by increasing staff time for one-on-one 30-minute sessions including literacy and STEM activities, as well as a touch-base session and read along/story time.
Gospel Inc.Shelter$10,000Grant to assist paying the rent cost for the additional six (6) women as they move into permanent housing during the next two months.
Habitat for Humanity East PolkShelter (building materials)$10,000Funds to purchase building materials for homes for LMI families
Heartland Horses Animal product$10,000Pay for specialized hay required for our horses due to their age and the aid in digestion. In turn allowing us to provide our clients with the best possible experience with no interruption in availability.
House of Israel, Inc.Utilities/Food/PPE$10,000Elderly assistance for food, personal items, utlitiy assistance and PPE's
Kingdom City Outreach Ministries, Inc.Childcare$10,000Provide safe secure childcare services for essential workers on the front lines of this COVID crisis.
Lakeland Regional HealthHealth/Medical$10,000Purchase of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Lakeland Regional Health team members and at-risk patients.
Learning Resource Center Education$7,871Tablets for tutors and remote learning would enable 10 tutors to continue required academic services to students during crisis.
Our Career Centered AcademyEducation$10,000Creation of a “Virtual Education and Therapy Platform” to address gaps in service that Covid-19 created
Parker Street Ministries, Inc.Education$7,798Educational and communications support for families and children most at-risk during the school closures.
Ridge Area ArcShelter$10,000Provide Adult Day Training, Adult Basic Education and Adult Vocational Training through this COVID-19 crisis by providing these services in alternate, safe locations such as the Arc group Homes.
Samaritan’s Touch Care CenterHealth/Medical$10,000Address the significant increase in Highlands County residents seeking access to FREE healthcare services and free prescription services due to losing their job and/or health insurance benefits from the effects of COVID-19.
SPCA FloridaAnimal Food$10,000SPCA Florida’s Food Assistance Program
The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc. (ALPI)Shelter$10,000Rental assistance/mortgage payment
The Salvation Army - West PolkShelter/Childcare$10,000Provide shelter to families and childcare for children whose parents have continued to work as Essential Workers.
Women's Resource CenterHealth/ Utilities/Basic necessities$10,000Purchase diapers, baby wipes and household cleaning supplies, utility assistance funding, and funding to hire a part-time counselor specializing in domestic violence and trauma.
Youth & Family AlternativesFood/PPE/Education/Salaries$8,500Food, PPE, cleaning supplies, three laptops to complete supply for 3 youth shelters to continue with schooling, and hazard pay (see budget for breakdown)