Additional COVID-19 relief coming to United Way of Cass County

Last Updated on May 28, 2021 by United Way of Cass County

Logansport, IN – United Way of Cass County is pleased to announce that it will receive a second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grantfor $109,047.00 from Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Cass County is a member. The grant will be used to support our community in meeting basic human needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant is one of 47 grants that Indiana United Ways is making to member organizations and community foundations through the initiative, which was made possible by funding Indiana United Ways received from Lilly Endowment Inc.

“United Way of Cass County has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Even before this crisis, we knew that 27% of Cass County families in were not able to make ends meet – despite working. In the wake of COVID, those needs became even more dire. Thanks to the generous, continued support of Lilly Endowment to our State Association, we can continue to help our community, through nonprofit partners, deal with and hopefully resolve the impacts of this trying time,” said Arden Cramer, Board Chair for United Way of Cass County.

The second COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant again calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related basic needs aligned with the social determinants of health as defined by the CDC. Specifically, “We plan to use the majority of the funding to provide help with basic needs such as rent, utilities, food and health related needs. United Way of Cass County will begin accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits whose IRS designation is in good standing beginning June 8, 2021. Interested organizations should consult United Way of Cass County’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions on or after June 8th”, according to executive director, Chris Armstrong.

In April 2020, Lilly Endowment helped Indiana United Ways establish the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative with an initial $30 million grant. Lilly Endowment made an additional $15 million grant in March to Indiana United Ways to support the initiative. Both grants are part of Lilly Endowment’s overall grantmaking to help organizations meet COVID-related needs. Since March 2020, Lilly Endowment has made grants totaling more than $210 million to organizations working in Indiana and across the nation as they respond to the pandemic.

SOURCE: News release from United Way of Cass County

Indiana United Ways is the state professional association for United Ways in Indiana and supports a thriving United Way system through capacity building, shared services, and network collaboration opportunities. For more information, contact Tonja Stokes, Vice President of Organizational Development at tonja.stokes@iuw.org.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.