Week 7 Update: COVID-19 Response Funds

In partnership with our generous donors and supporters, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has awarded over $1 million in COVID-19 relief funding over the last seven weeks. 

This includes $300,000 to help minority and women-owned small businesses and nonprofit organizations access PPP loans and $25,000 to provide pivot grants for local artists.

This week, we are pleased to announce our seventh round of COVID-19 Response Grants.  CFSA’s COVID-19 Response Grants provide general operating support to Pima County and Santa Cruz County nonprofits serving Arizona’s most vulnerable residents with a focus on providing basic human needs and access to healthcare.

In week seven, $58,000 was awarded to five organizations providing high-quality distance learning, access to healthy family meals, increased virtual support for vulnerable populations, and much more.

COVID-19 Community Support Fund 

“During COVID-19, San Miguel’s students and families have been the beneficiaries of a high-quality remote learning program, a highly responsive and talented faculty, access to educational technology, and a continued network of holistic support from our counseling department as they adjust to this new norm,” says Dave Mason, CEO/President of San Miguel High School. “Most of the students and families we serve continue to be especially vulnerable from the economic fallout from COVID-19. Thankfully, through the generous support from the Community Foundation, parents can focus on budgeting for their immediate needs, and students can focus on their studies and stay on their pathway to college and a brighter future.”

Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center Director, Anna Coleman, and her daughters, Caitlyn and Annika, have found unique ways to support the youth they serve while their doors remain closed. “As of the last week of May, the PYEC handed out approximately 4,320 dinners to the community, all prepared in the youth center’s commercial kitchen,” said Coleman. They have also prepared food staple items for families to prepare their own meals, held Zoom meetings, sent texts, and made personal calls to the PYEC youth to check-in and support their mental health while being socially isolated. “In-person connections were temporarily halted, but the love and support have continued at the Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center,” Coleman continued.