Shoulder to Shoulder: A Message to Our Community
Dear Pioneer Valley Community,
Like many of you, we find ourselves reeling from the horrific racism, injustice and deaths we are witnessing, and it leaves us in anguish. We hear the cries of pain and anger of the families of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and of thousands of protestors. We at the Community Foundation see you, and we stand with you.
We are also asking how we can do more. How will we, as a charitable foundation, shoulder our full responsibility to our community—and to everyone in our community? We don’t have all the answers, but we know we must start where we are, recommit to that work every day, and do this work with others.
About the Fund
The COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley was established in March to respond to the immediate, urgent needs of those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to a $1 million leadership gift from MassMutual and the generosity of donors within our community and beyond, the Community Foundation has already distributed over $6.3 million to Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties to respond to these needs.
Your compassion and generosity have been overwhelming!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
As the pandemic has continued, and the economic fallout has become clearer, the Community Foundation is expanding our grantmaking to respond to the vital needs of the nonprofit sector which is at risk.
Our area nonprofit organizations are essential to a thriving, equitable region. Yet COVID hasn’t spared it. Countless organizations across the sector have been rocked by drastic revenue drops, soaring demand, and unexpected new expenses such as expanded space to allow for social distancing.
In the coming months, the Community Foundation’s COVID grantmaking will help stabilize our region’s nonprofits for the immediate future and develop organizational plans that ensure that their missions will continue within a COVID world.
If you’re a nonprofit interested in applying for a grant, please visit our COVID Grantmaking page.
We’re all in this together, and together we will help our region make it through this crisis.
Community Resources for COVID-19
In this rapidly evolving situation, it’s essential that we prioritize the wellness of our community at large. CFWM encourages everyone to stay updated with accurate information. Following are a few resources. Please revisit them regularly for the most timely facts and guidance:
- Baystate Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Cooley Dickinson Health Care
- Family Resources from Greenfield 4SC/GMCSP
- MASS 211
- Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
- United Way of Hampshire County COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities
- WesternMass Economic Development Council
We thank all of our friends and neighbors for working together with empathy, understanding and flexibility during this dynamic time.