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Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund announces third round of grants.

The Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund announced an additional $13,550 in grants to local organizations helping the community cope with COVID-19.

This latest round of grants awarded brings the total to more than $111,550 in support distributed to 14 organizations meeting increased demand for basic needs assistance since March. To date, contributions to the Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund exceed $160K from corporations, civic and philanthropic partners including donations from individuals and families across the county.

The Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund is a collaboration of the Licking County Foundation, United Way of Licking County, and community partners. The latest grants include:

Buckeye Valley Family YMCA: $10,000 to support a temporary pandemic child care center which serves frontline families providing essential health, safety and other services. 

Pataskala Community Outreach: $3,000 to support families and seniors in the Pataskala area with lunches and family bags which include basic necessities for the week. 

Newton Township Fire Department: $550 to support the purchase of safety glasses and secure storage for the Department’s PPE for first responders.

“Our community continues to be generous to allow us to support relief efforts in all areas of Licking County,” says Deb Dingus, United Way of Licking County Executive Director. “We have a wonderful community task force helping to keep us informed about the needs, and we encourage organizations to reach out to us as well.”

“All of Licking County is experiencing unforeseen needs because of COVID-19, and we are privileged to be able to help in some way through grants from this Relief Fund,” says Licking County Foundation Director Connie Hawk.

Fundraising will continue as long as necessary. Donations to the Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund can be made by texting “VIRUS19” to 414-44, or online at https://www.unitedwaylc.org/covid.

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