In an effort to respond to the effects of novel coronavirus in local communities, the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation (GVCF) sought to provide support to local nonprofits in as many ways possible.
The organization partnered with the United Way of the Greenbrier Valley and started a COVID Relief Fund, raising and distributing/pledging over $215,000 to nonprofits directly responding to the pandemic. Organizations providing feeding programs, senior services, basic needs support, and virtual education support received funding from this program. Additionally, the fund provided assistance to first responders and medical professionals by providing funding for PPE, large-scale sanitizing equipment, and mobile testing units.
As life returns to “normal,” food pantries are still seeing increased demand from local residents. To help meet this need, GVCF and the United Way of the GBV provided an additional $30,000 in grant funding to food pantries and basic needs service organizations in all corners and spots in between in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties.
The following organizations received this second round of grant funding of the organizations’ joint COVID Relief Fund: Alderson Ministerial Association Food Pantry, Lindside United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Mountaineer Food Bank, Union United Methodist Church Community Food Pantry, Monroe County Coalition, First Baptist Church of Rainelle Food Pantry, Pocahontas County Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry, Pocahontas County Senior Citizens, Mount Hermon United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Pocahontas County Family Resource Network, Northern Pocahontas Food Pantry, and the United Methodist Emergency Food Pantry.
It is our hope that these grants will help these organizations continue to feed our communities. When these organizations thrive, as does the Greenbrier Valley, and it is our great pleasure to help.