The following was written by Tracey White, who serves as Chair of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, as part of our Board Perspective blog series.
By now everyone has seen the wonderful gestures of appreciation and thanks that communities around the globe have shown to the front line health care workers that have been caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a proud employee of a health care organization, it has been wonderful to see this outpouring of support for my colleagues who go above and beyond every day to care for the people in our hospitals and clinics.
But, we have also seen countless other people serving on the front lines during the pandemic – restaurant and grocery workers that kept us fed, construction and service professionals that kept our vehicles and homes operational, teachers that continued to connect with students online and nonprofit workers who assisted those most vulnerable in our communities just to name a few. They kept working to fulfill our day-to-day needs despite the risks and challenges.
Many of these members of our community have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic through the loss of work or reduced hours and benefits (if they had any), increased expenses and other challenges. Do you ever wonder how you might be able to help and thank them for their service and sacrifice during this unprecedented time? The Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has an answer for you!
The Community Emergency Relief Fund was established to accept and strategically disburse funding to address COVID-19 emergency relief needs in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties for both individuals and nonprofits. To date the fund has distributed $265,000 to nonprofits and members of our community in need. But, there is still much to do and far to go before we recover fully from this pandemic and its far-reaching impacts. Please consider joining us in supporting our neighbors through the Relief Fund effort.
Community care and investment are a hallmark of the Community Foundation. In this time of health and economic crisis, we hope that you and your family will join us in caring for, and investing in, the effort to support those in our community who most need support. It’s a great way to say thank you to those who have been on the front lines and it give you a direct way to contribute to the overall health of our community.
To donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund, visit: communityfoundationlf.org/emergencyrelief.