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COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant News Release—May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Relief Initiative Coming to Jennings County United Way Jennings County – Jennings County United Way is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $175,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which Jennings County United Way is a member. These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Jennings County United 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 28%, over 1 in 4 families in Jennings County were not able to make ends meet - despite working. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even more dire. Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of Covid-19,” said Kendall Wildey, Board President for Jennings County United Way.

The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs, which could include safe, emergency childcare, and to address other Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge. Specifically, Jennings County United Way plans to support the Nonprofit Agencies addressing basic needs with the goal to sustain the existing Human Services Network in Jennings County. The fund accepts requests for nonprofit support for short gaps in funding to help cover operating expenses and supplement the vital basic needs assistance they provide to the ALICE and poverty populations in Jennings County. Non-profits may apply for operational needs monthly and may apply for basic needs assistance as often as the needs arise. Client assistance will be tracked in our Jennings County Assistance Network, CharityTracker, which was originally designed for disaster response. CharityTracker empowers agencies to share client data, collaborate on case management and reduces duplication of services. Jennings County United Way is currently accepting funding requests from area human and social service nonprofits in good standing. Interested organizations should consult Jennings County United Way’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions.



Jennings County United Way, Inc. has provided vision and leadership in our community since 1963. United Way raises funds annually to support non-profits and manage internal programs in pursuit of cultivating a rich and full quality of life for all people n Jennings County. For more information, visit or contact Cheri Massey, Executive Director, at

Lilly Endowment Inc., is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at

Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partnering. For more information, contact Maureen Noe, President & CEO at



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