Abbot House Benefits from United Way of the Black Hills COVID Relief Fund

United Way of the Black Hills awards $36,500 to
six grant recipients this week through UNITED
We Stand COVID-19 Relief Fund


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Audrea Amstutz
Email: audrea@unitedwayblackhills.org
Cell phone: (605) 858-8276


(RAPID CITY, SD) – United Way of the Black Hills (UWBH) announced six more grant awards to nonprofit organizations in the amount of $36,500; for a total of $115,944 awarded to 14 organizations. To date, the UNITED We Stand COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised a total of $418,506.52 and has received 28 applications for funding.

The recent nonprofit organization recipients are as follows:


Black Hills Special Services Cooperative – $12,000

The need: A need for computers and technology for households to continue
online education.
How these funds will assist the need: To purchase computers for
households to continue online education for children and adult learning. In
addition, BHSSC provides economic assistance to students via the recently
created Student Support Fund. Funds are used for emergencies only; suchneeds as rent assistance, utilities, fuel, bus passes, employment uniform/attire, employment tools, education/training materials and supplies (including technology and devices, which was recently added due to new needs in response to Coronavirus).

Volunteers of America – $10,000
The need: A lack of sufficient shelter for the homeless population due to the
increase in CDC guidelines.
How these funds will assist the need: To provide shelter at a hotel/motel to
upwards of 20 individuals.


WAVI (Women Working Against Violence) – $5,000
The need: An increase for food, essential non-food supplies, and activities for residents in the shelter.
How these funds will assist the need: To provide food and the necessary
non-essential supplies to continue operations.


Spearfish Nutrition Site – $4,000*
The need: An increased need for meals to serve to local senior citizens.
How these funds will assist the need: To provide assistance to purchase
meals.
*This amount will be matched by Black Hills Area Community Foundation


Abbott House – $3,000
The need: A lack in supplies: Food, toilet paper, paper towels and creative
supplies for mental wellness activities for residents.
How these funds will assist the need: To purchase the necessary supplies
to continue day to day operations.


New Dawn Enterprises – $2,500
The need: A lack in toilet paper, paper towels and creative supplies for mental wellness activities for residents
How these funds will assist the need: To purchase the necessary supplies
to continue day to day operations.


UWBH is in close contact with community representatives throughout the
Black Hills to stay abreast of local issues and needs.
“One of the top take-aways from these meetings is these needs will not
decrease in one week, or even a month or two. However, local non-profit
organizations are feeling the impact in their operations, which may become a critical need in the coming months. Therefore, we must be prepared to
continue to distribute funds as needs evolve and grow,” says Jamie Toennies, Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills.


UWBH will continue accepting applications until all funds from the UNITED We Stand COVID-19 Relief Fund have been distributed.

Nonprofit organizations that have experienced an increased demand for
services or resources due to the pandemic are encouraged to apply for the
grant (https://www.unitedwayblackhills.org/coronavirus-information)


100% of donations to the UNITED We Stand COVID-19 Relief fund will benefit nonprofit organizations that apply for a grant. If you would like to make a donation to the fund, you may do so by visiting our website:https://www.unitedwayblackhills.org/donate.


For more information on the UNITED We Stand COVID-19 Relief Fund, please visit: https://www.unitedwayblackhills.org/coronavirus-information.

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Sincerely,


Audrea Amstutz,
Marketing Manager
United Way of the Black Hills
audrea@unitedwayblackhills.org