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COVID-19 Community Response fund raised $632,000 to help local nonprofits

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Nearly one year ago, as the pandemic was beginning to take its hold, the COVID-19 Community Response fund formed in Marathon County.

It's the product of a collaboration between the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin and the United Way of Marathon County.

On Thursday, the United Way of Marathon County announced that the fund is officially closed. But, officials say through the help of over 200 donors, the fund was able to raise and grant over $632,000 to local nonprofits.

“When the coronavirus outbreak started to impact our area back in March, our organization knew right away that this was a time for our community to band together. We knew the crisis would have many short and long-term effects, and we are thankful to have served a role in offering hope and aid to those in a time of need” stated Jeff Sargent, Executive Director of United Way of Marathon County.

The funds went directly to organizations working in the community that were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic consequences.

In grantmaking the fund prioritized the following: child care, rental assistance, information access, education, medical care, small business, and safety in the home.

"We would like to acknowledge the generous donors who supported this fund and the nonprofit organizations that have worked diligently to meet the needs of the community in this time of crisis. The outpouring of donations from our community allowed us to assist 57 local nonprofits in the past year,” stated Tim Parker, Community Foundation President and CEO.

Click here to view a list of donors and recipients of funding.

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