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Davidson Community Foundation awards $210K to 8 non-profits

Ellen Donaldson, Dave Cable, co-chairs of Davidson Community Foundation

Sept. 1. Since its April 10 launch, Davidson Community Foundation has raised nearly $275,000 in Emergency Funds for vulnerable and financially-distressed local residents who face job loss or other significant hardship due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The funds helped a total of 151 households and 434 individuals.

DCF awarded over $210,000 to eight local non-profits and houses of worship to support emergency needs, including rent/housing, food, utility service and transportation.

Grant recipients

The grant recipients include the Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, Davidson Housing Coalition, Davidson Presbyterian Church, Gethsemane Baptist Church, Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region (for Davidson homeowners and critical repairs clients), Reeves Temple AME Zion Church, and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church La Escuelita San Alban mission.

“We are humbled by the generous response of our beloved community to unite in support of our neighbors facing critical needs due to the COVID-19 crisis,” said John Kuykendall, co-chair of the DCF Development Committee.

Grant recipients provided DCF with outcomes assessments showing the high impact of DCF Emergency Fund support, all of which went directly to residents.

Fifty-five percent of the grant funding was used to support rent/mortgage payments, followed by food (14%), transportation (13%), utilities (12%) and other needs such as medications (6%).

Almost two-thirds of the families served are from Davidson; the remainder includes those from nearby communities.

Agencies can apply

“DCF understands that the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis will likely extend many more months,” said Chris Ahearn, chair of the DCF Grants Committee.

DCF has opened applications for additional Emergency Funds for local non-profit organizations supporting the families of our community.

To apply: Email chrisahearn007@gmail.com. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 4.

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