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These grants will help 3 nonprofits continue to serve the community during the pandemic

The Williamsburg Community Foundation has awarded Community Emergency Response Grants to three local nonprofits.
(Courtesy Williamsburg Community Foundation)

Three local nonprofits have each received $5,000 from the Williamsburg Community Foundation.

The grants will assist in coronavirus pandemic relief efforts, according to a news release from the foundation. Relief efforts include providing housing, food and other essential supplies.

The grants were distributed to the Arc of Greater Williamsburg, the Williamsburg House of Mercy and Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

The funds were made available through the foundation’s Community Emergency Response Fund. More than $190,000 has been raised by the community for the fund, and $72,600 has been distributed through grants.

The foundation said the donations are made available to nonprofits with an urgent need. While funding is still available the foundation will continue to distribute grants to area nonprofits.

The funding will allow The Arc of Greater Williamsburg to continue to connect seniors and those who are homebound or disabled with food, medicine and other supplies.

Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels have delivered 25,000 meals since the March 15. In addition to serving their existing clients, they’ve added eight new locations such as shelters, motels and emergency response facilities.

Before the pandemic the Williamsburg House of Mercy served five families per day on average. That number has jumped as high as 150. With the grant, they will buy food, diapers, toiletries, personal protective equipment and more for families in need. The money will also help move families into the House of Mercy and prevent evictions, according to the foundation.

Organizations that wish to apply for grants can do so by calling 757-259-1660 or emailing office@williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org.

Donations are accepted at the Williamsburg Community Foundation’s website.

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