For it isn’t enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
In an attempt to be helpful in response to our current crisis, we are launching a new focus area of the Kitsap COVID-19 Response Fund called “equitable community needs.” Any donations made to this focus area will be doubled!
This focus area will provide grants to support culturally specific programs, services, and activities in Kitsap that:
are aimed at lessening the inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis in or for communities of color, with an emphasis on the needs of the Black community, and
have leadership or board who are reflective of, and accountable to communities of color, in particular the Black community.
You know, we call the Kitsap Response Fund the “Unity in the Community Fund.” Let’s actually use the Fund to move our community forward towards equity, understanding, and unity. We’re going to empower members of the community who are experiencing inequity to make the decisions on what grants are made from the Fund. We trust that they know what is best for their communities.
We are doing this in partnership with the United Way of Kitsap County, our partner on the Kitsap Response Fund. So far, this Response Fund has focused on providing grants to support basic needs in our community (food, health, etc.) and relationship needs (reducing stay-at-home stress). While we’ve included equity as a factor in decision-making on these grants, the grants have not specifically focused on helping to resolve inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. Today we are changing that by adding this new focus.
But we need help. We need people to contribute to the Equitable Community Needs focus area – we can’t empower people to make grants to support equity in our community if we don’t have money in the Fund. And here’s the awesome news: Anyone who donates to the Equitable Community Needs focus area will have their donation matched dollar-for-dollar!
A state-wide campaign called “All In WA” launched last week. That campaign has put up $25 million to match donations made to Response Funds such as ours. More info about All In WA is here: allinwa.org.
So please, be inspired by that match, be inspired by your desire to help diminish inequity in our community, and donate to the equitable community needs focus of the Unity in the Community Fund today.
For more information about the Unity in the Community Fund, please visit our page here.
If you have general questions about the Kitsap COVID-19 Response Fund, please contact:
Kol Medina, President & CEO, Kitsap Community Foundation, at (360) 698-3622,
or Carl Borg, CEO, United Way of Kitsap County, at (360) 377-8505,