The Lorain County COVID-19 Response Fund Community Advisory Committee announced the third round of grants to support Lorain County non-profits. In total, more than $140K has been awarded to 16 organizations. During the third round, $40K was awarded to five organizations to help provide support during the pandemic within the priorities of emergency assistance and basic needs, education and youth services, and infrastructure. Since inception, contributions to the Lorain County COVID-19 Response Fund now total more than $220K from corporations, civic and philanthropic partners, including donations from individuals and families across the county. A special thanks to Mike Bass Ford-Mazada and GenOn for their generous contributions to help Lorain County non-profits. A complete list of grants awarded from this Fund follows.
Emergency Assistance and Basic Needs
Blessing House $10K
Providing hotel accommodations for homeless families, as well as supplies and food.
Providing food, rent, and utility assistance and for supplies related to modifying meals to go and purchase additional hygiene, personal protective equipment, and sanitation items related to prevention.
Assisting Lorain County patients with transportation costs to receive medical treatments.
Distributing laptops and hotspots with built-in 4G internet access to seniors and home-bound residents to promote digital inclusion and combat social isolation.
The Legal Aid Society $6K
Providing legal assistance related to basic needs for underemployed and part-time workers; families with children; the reentry community; the uninsured; people of color; people with disabilities, the homeless; older adults; those with limited English proficiency; and low-income and other vulnerable populations.
Purchasing medication, medical supplies and preparing for the surge in patient demand due to mass layoffs and eventual loss of healthcare insurance.
Providing home-delivered meals from local caterers to seniors in Grafton, LaGrange, Carlisle, Columbia, and Eaton.
Keeping up with the demand for PPE, patient services, medication, ventilators, and other medical equipment needs.
Providing meals to shelter residents and seniors sheltering in place during the COVID-19 crisis.
Supplying food, perishable supplies, and utilities to clients who have lost employment due to COVID-19.
Education and Youth Services
Providing online resources for students and teachers to provide social and emotional skills programming for 500 students within three Lorain County school districts.
Providing Elyria City School students with assistance packages including groceries and educational and technological support.
TECH CORPS $10K
Providing new laptops loaned to Lorain County students to ensure they have the tools and access they need to participate in summer programs.
Providing a virtual mentoring program to support families and coach the entire mentoring network on how to stay engaged and connected during these times.
Promoting digital inclusion and combat social isolation among our elderly and home-bound population, LPLS will distribute laptops and hotspots with built-in 4G internet access.
PCs for People $10K
Providing financial assistance to families within Elyria City Schools and Clearview Local Schools to purchase computers and hotpots to support distance learning.
The Community Advisory Committee will continue to meet and announce grants throughout June.