Park City Community Foundation launched our Community Response Fund on March 13 to help get support to those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to 445 donors the fund has raised over $1.3 million to date and eight nonprofit organizations have received grants to provide urgent services to the most vulnerable.
The amount needed to get through stabilization and recovery is currently estimated at $2.7 million.* The economic impact of COVID-19 has been huge in our area that is so dependent on tourism, which is why we can’t stop raising funds for this crisis at $1.3 million.
In a survey last week of Latinx families—many who normally work in the hospitality sector—51% said they have no work, and only 12% are working over 30 hours per week. 84% said the greatest barrier they face right now is paying rent and bills, and 75% have sought assistance for food since COVID-19. Many of the families are not eligible for government programs.
The purpose of the Community Response Fund is first and foremost for keeping people fed and housed. We don’t want local families to have to choose between keeping a roof over their heads, feeding their families, or staying healthy. The situation is getting worse each month when rent comes due and will continue to remain as such until community members can be fully employed. $250,000 alone will be needed to provide partial support for rent each month.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to give, please consider a donation to the Community Response Fund. If you’ve already given, thank you! And, please consider an additional gift to help the fund get to $2.7 million.
*Estimated need based on the values Park City Community Foundation has assigned to adequately fund struggling community members and organizations, Actual need may be higher, especially if the COVID-19 stabilization and/or recovery stages are longer than expected.
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