Task Force Evolves Its Response To Community Recovery

The effect of COVID-19 on our community is shifting from crisis to reopening and recovery during a time of uncertainty. Our Community Recovery Task Force has adapted its approach and introduced a new four-part grant program, so that it can respond to these changing needs.

“We wanted to balance meeting the immediate needs that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions and seize the opportunity to create change,” said Risa Levine, chair of the task force. “Over the past year, we have been able to assess the strengths and resilience in our community and identify opportunities for fundamental change.”

Support for Jewish Summer Camps - $106,000

To help Jewish summer camps meet the additional costs required by the public health guidelines, so they can continue to serve children and youth.

Capacity Building Grants - $40,000

For community organizations to develop post-COVID-19 recovery plans by engaging in a planning process with the expertise of an outside facilitator.

Transformational Grants - $750,000

To encourage collaborations between organizations so they can re-examine existing ways of doing things and focus on innovative approaches to address new and emerging needs. The grants are intended to expand the scope of the programs and services they offer and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their design and delivery.

Transition Grants - $225,000

To assist organizations for up to two months, so they do not have to reduce their staff as they transition from relying on the government wage subsidy, which will end in September, and re-establish their typical revenue streams.

With over $2 million raised for community recovery, and $700,000 of that already distributed, this is an opportunity to continue to make a difference in new and innovative ways. “We are so fortunate to have the recovery funds to meet both these priorities,” said Risa.

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