Greater Mankato Area United Way, Mankato Area Foundation launch community response fund

Greater Mankato Area United Way, Mankato Area Foundation launch community response fund

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - In response to COVID-19’s impact on regional nonprofits, the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation have created a community response fund to assist needs in the communities they serve.

It means to address short term emergency nonprofit needs throughout the region.

“Just to give you an example of some of the needs we already know about that has started to come up include, being able to help the homeless population they don’t have places to go during the day with everything closing,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO, Barb Kaus.

The Mankato Area Foundation will administer grants from this fund in partnership with the Greater Mankato Area United Way. 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

“Just to give you an example of some of the needs we already know about that has started to come up include, being able to help the homeless population they don’t have places to go during the day with everything closing...In terms of delivering meals to seniors or children some of the programs are looking at delivering multiple weeks at a time which is financially going to be more difficult,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way Director of Community Impact, Elizabeth Harstad.

One hundred percent of donations to this fund will go to charitable organizations helping those impacted by the health crisis throughout the Greater Mankato area. If you would like to learn more or donate to the Community Response Fund, please visit www.mankatounitedway.org or www.mankatoareafoundation.com.

For organizations interested in applying for funds, please contact Sarah Beiswanger at sarah@mankatoareafoundation.com, or fill out our simplified online application.

For an ongoing list of volunteer and item needs, please visit www.mankatounitedway.org/covid-19.

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