United Way of St. Joseph County raises over $1 million for COVID-19 response fund

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.— The United Way of St. Joseph County on Friday announced that it has raised over $1 million for the COVID-19 response fund.

On March 17, in response to the pandemic, the organization shifted its focus to emergency response funding for the community.

Since then, the organization has raised over $1 million that will go to essential non-profit partners and ensuring that those in the community who need food, shelter, health care and child care are receiving the support they need.

Organizations that were involved in raising the funds include 1st Source Foundation, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Garatoni Smith Family Foundation, Meijer, Schurz Communications Foundation, TRUIST Foundation, University of Notre Dame, Vera Z Dwyer Charitable Trust.

In addition, two anonymous major-gifts have been contributed and more than $13,000 has been raised by individual donors.

South Bend’s Venues Parks and Arts is also helping to raise money for the Fund through sales of “South Bend, Side-by-Side” T-Shirts, and Martin’s Grocery stores are collecting donations for the fund at check-out.

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