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New COVID-19 response fund launched to help meet critical needs in SW Montana

New response fund aims to help those impacted by COVID-19 in SW Montana
Posted at 11:48 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 16:07:09-04

On Monday, the Greater Gallatin United Way and Bozeman Area Community Foundation launched the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund.

With the growing cases of COVID-19 across the U.S., both organizations knew that establishing a resource fund would be the best way to get ahead of — and help flatten — the curve.

“The people that we are looking at most needing resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are people who are housebound, such as seniors and others who are low-income in particular, maybe not being able to purchase the supplies, the food, the medications that they need,” said Danica Jamison, the President and CEO of Greater Gallatin United Way. “We are launching child care, programs for emergency personnel and first responders. As well as looking at sheltering needs for those who might need a safe place to quarantine.”

But the money is not limited to just these areas. As new issues arise, the funds will be used to tackle new problems.

“I think that the reality is that we don’t necessarily know the needs right now,” said Bridget Wilkinson, the Executive Director of the Bozeman Area Community Foundation. “We are learning them as we go and working closely with state and local partners to be able to understand what those needs are because we also know those needs are going to change over time.”

The Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund took only a week to set up between both organizations and will assist those in Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties.

You can click here to make a donation and learn more, or you can mail a check to:

COVID-19 Response Fund
c/o Greater Gallatin United Way
945 Technology Blvd. Suite 101-F
Bozeman MT 59718

or

Bozeman Area Community Foundation
1627 W. Main St., Box 404
Bozeman, MT 59715