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Unity in the Community
Kitsap's COVID-19 Response Fund
Unity in the Community - Kitsap's COVID-19 Response Fund hosted by Kitsap Community Foundation and United Way of Kitsap offers flexible funding to nonprofits in critical need due to COVID-19. Responding to a worldwide virus like COVID-19 is a stressful time for everyone and the stress worsens for those who were already dealing with things like poverty, racism, or violence. We acknowledge community resources that can be of help in these challenging times. Kitsap's COVID-19 Response Fund offers flexible funding to non-profits and faith-based organizations serving community members with the greatest need.
The primary focus of our community response funding is to provide grants to organizations to support our community’s core needs:
Basic Needs, e.g., food, meals, and resource support for physical/mental/behavioral health services for our most vulnerable neighbors in the community.
Nonprofit Needs, e.g., support to nonprofits that are at risk of failing if funding is available in the longer term.
Kitsap Racial Equity and Empowerment Fund, e.g., support for culturally relevant 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. Click here for more details on this new funding focus.
We have this opportunity to re-imagine a new normal that maintains safety and connection for all. We can lead this by collaboratively sharing our resources across nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government, and community groups. Let us listen and learn from the wisdom of our resilient community members so that we grow and adapt together while following public health and safety measures to move us towards a thriving state and the local community.
Need More Info?
For general questions about the Kitsap COVID-19 Response Fund, contact:
Geoff Ball, President & CEO, Kitsap Community Foundation, at (360) 698-3622, firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Contribute
Contribute to the fund online or mail your check made out to Kitsap COVID-19 Response Fund may be mailed to:
PO Box 3670, Silverdale, WA 98383
Our EIN, should you need it, is 94-3205217
If your organization would like to join the coalition as a funding partner, contact Geoff Ball, President & CEO, Kitsap Community Foundation, or Carl Borg, CEO, United Way of Kitsap County (contact information is listed above in Need More Info).
The United Way of Kitsap County and Kitsap Community Foundation will administer grants from the Fund, proactively identifying potential grant recipients, soliciting guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommending final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.
We'd like to thank the following contributors to the Unity in the Community Kitsap's COVID-19 Response Fund: Ballmer Group, Columbia Bank, The Fred H. and Mary S. Dore Foundation, First Federal Community Foundation, Medina Foundation, Orchard Foods, Perigee Fund, Puget Sound Energy, Sparky's Fund, Town & Country Markets, and Windermere Foundation.
Other Financial Support Opportunities
If you are interested in donating to a response fund that will be used primarily to support Bainbridge Island organizations and non-profit organizations, you can donate to Bainbridge Community Foundation Community Response Fund.
Donate or Volunteer Goods or Services
Kitsap Community Covid-19 Support & Solidarity is a mutual aid group. Anyone can post a public request for help and anyone can respond to the help. Aid requests include assistance with grocery and supplies delivery, company, help discovering social services, and more. If you want to be part of Kitsap's mutual aid effort, we invite you to fill out the admission form or see the mutual aid needs of our community.
United Ways of the PNW and Serve Washington have partnered with the Office of Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib to create the Washington Mask Challenge, a statewide initiative to encourage Washingtonians to donate cloth face masks to organizations in need: VolunteerKitsap and United Way of Kitsap County join the effort! The Washington Mask Challenge encourages the public to send homemade masks to verified organizations in need throughout Washington state, such as nursing homes, homeless shelters, food banks, and more.
Lending a Hand
These local groups are hard at work, helping Kitsap residents with their needs during the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to add your financial support to the organizations helping in the areas you are most passionate about.