Community Partners Grant More than $1M for COVID Relief
CAC was recently awarded a grant from the Sandy Springs Society of $47,043 for the COVID Emergency Relief Fund. This grant is one of many that CAC has received from community partners and foundations in recent months to help neighbors experiencing difficult times due to the impact of COVID-19.
The Sandy Springs Society, a local philanthropic organization, has donated to CAC on a regular basis since its founding in 1988 with an unwavering commitment to helping our financially vulnerable neighbors. This year they awarded CAC the largest of 29 grants. Overall, the Society has given CAC about $400,000 in grants to support the mission of preventing homelessness, alleviating hunger and promoting self-reliance in our community.
The City of Sandy Springs has been a partner since 2005 and has been instrumental in bringing the community together to tackle issues of poverty with CAC as first responders in situations like the 2009 recession and the current pandemic. The city issued a grant in early 2020 enabling CAC to respond quickly to help local Sandy Springs families affected by COVID. And they recently awarded CAC funds allocated through a federal Community Development Block Grant for a total of $444,000.
Fulton County is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Fulton County and as such has been a CAC partner since the 1990’s. As soon as the effects of the pandemic started to appear they approved emergency funding for the first responders in an economic downturn, giving CAC a solid foundation to continue its work. Fulton County has supported CAC with two grants totaling $450,000.
Dekalb County awarded CAC a “Citizens Participation Program” grant in the amount of $51,000 to support our Dunwoody clients including those living in the part of Doraville served by Dunwoody schools.
Long-time supporters David and Melanie Couchman of the Couchman-Noble Foundation catalyzed community giving to CAC from local residents with a matching campaign which raised a total of $60,000.
Other foundations dedicated to supporting CAC over the years also stepped up to provide COVID relief funding ranging from $25,000-$50,000 including The James M. Cox Foundation, The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, The J M Tull Fund and the David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund.
Thanks to the generosity of these long-time community supporters as well as faithful congregations, individuals, and businesses, CAC was able to respond very quickly to families hit the hardest by the pandemic; and since mid-March has provided more than $930,000 in financial assistance to neighbors at risk of losing their homes.