The Junior League of Columbia’s COVID-19 Response Fund was created to provide flexible resources to non-profit organizations in the Midlands to help meet the needs of our community during this uncertain time. For nearly a century, the JLC has been committed to developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The primary purpose of the JLC is not fundraising; instead, it is strategically focused on raising money to meet its mission and plan for the future. To that end, as a result of COVID-19’s effects, the JLC has redirected funds that were already available for community projects that can no longer go forward during this time of social distancing and has responded to calls for help from Homeless No More, Senior Resources, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Power in Changing’s Diaper Bank, and JP Thomas Elementary School since this crisis began.
With the dollars raised through this new fund, we will be able to respond quickly to other community partners as they learn more about how this pandemic is affecting them and how we can be of assistance. This fund will focus on the following areas: food support, healthcare, emergency housing and homelessness, senior care, Richland County School District One, and other child and family services organizations.
The JLC is creating an application for non-profits to complete requesting COVID-19 Response funds, and it will soon be posted here. The JLC’s Board of Directors will review all funding requests and make granting decisions. The JLC will distribute 100% of the funds raised to our community partners.
We invite anyone who feels so moved to donate to the fund. Click here to donate!