SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- A relief fund established to help those in need during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has raised nearly $23 million.
The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations established the COVID-19 Response Fund to support local community foundations and nonprofits for the following:
- Emergency food and basic supplies
- Interim housing and shelter
- Primary health care services
- Utility and financial assistance
- Supports for children and other vulnerable populations
- Nonprofit safety and operations assistance
The funds were raised by donations from corporations, foundations and individuals, according to a release by the Response Fund.
The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund will work in tandem with other response funds set up around the state.
Individuals and families in need of support are encouraged to go to https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org/ for updates on which organizations are receiving support and may be able to extend assistance.
The full list to date of donating organizations and individuals can be found at https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org/#supporters.