When Community First Foundation started the new decade in 2020, we were excited for all we had planned to make good happen in Jefferson County. Then, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 and the impact was felt around the world and more personally, here at home. With remarkable speed and efficiency, we took action by responding to urgent needs like cash assistance to keep nonprofit lights on and doors open, personal protective equipment, and food and housing support.
As the pandemic evolved, so did our response. Isolated families and individuals struggled with remote learning and work. Childcare was difficult to find, making it difficult to work. Domestic violence and substance abuse surged to new levels. As the community foundation serving Jefferson County, we listened and responded, providing remote learning assistance, creating childcare resource tools, supporting prevention and intervention for substance use/abuse and domestic violence prevention, and investing in vaccine access and equity.
Our initial goal? Provide immediate and emergency relief for Jeffco residents experiencing impacts from the pandemic. Now, three years later we look back. While our lives and communities are forever changed, one constant that remains is our deep commitment and connection to our community.
The need for unrestricted and multi-year funding remained as 2022 came to an end and nonprofits continued efforts to rebound from lost fundraising revenue and increased service delivery. As we sunset our COVID-19 Pandemic Response, we recognize our partners’ needs are ongoing and intend to continue supporting these important social and public health issues.
We’ll do this through:
We combined forces with 14 other funders and nonprofits to launch a vaccine equity program called Together We Protect.
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