LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — United Way of Greater Lafayette is getting more than a million dollars to distribute to help the community respond to coronavirus. The money will go into the COVID-19 response fund. The fund is an initiative put together in partnership with The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce.
According to a press release, the additional funding will be distributed in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Benton Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Carroll County and United Fund of Carroll County based on population to support Tippecanoe, Carroll and Benton counties in their efforts to provide critical and necessary services to those who have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
This fund is currently helping with critical services like food and childcare. The $1.3 million grant came from the association of Indiana United Ways. The association is distributing several grants, thanks to a $30 million gift from the Lilly Endowment.
“We are grateful to be recipients of such a generous grant. This additional boost to the COVID-19 Response Fund will allow us to take the next steps in helping our community recover. While the current focus is on immediate needs within the community, we know that the impact of the pandemic will bring more challenges to light. This funding will allow us to strategically help our community address these immediate and emerging needs,” said Michael Budd, CEO at United Way of Greater Lafayette.”
More than a dozen local businesses already contributed to the response fund. This has allowed them to distribute about $130,000 so far.
These contributors include:
1st Source Bank
Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
First Farmers Bank & Trust
First Financial Bank
Huston Electric, Inc.
Kirby Risk Corporation
Lafayette Life Foundation
Security Federal Savings Bank
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
The Arc of Tippecanoe County
Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company