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A coalition of community partners have joined together to create a COVID-19 Community Relief Fund that will
rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations working directly with community members
affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula region.

Hosted by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the Peninsula Community COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) will provide flexible resources to organizations working across our Key and Gig Harbor peninsula communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus outbreak and the resulting economic consequences. 100% of all donations will go directly to relief efforts in our communityCERF is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand our community’s ability to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

In the near term, we expect the first phase of these rapid-response grants to help address:

  • The economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • Immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by closures and cancellations related to COVID-19 
  • Increased demand for medical information and support
  • Fear and confusion about the outbreak among our community’s most vulnerable residents 

The Foundation will administer grants in partnership with the Relief Fund Coalition, formed of community leaders, business partners, local agencies and nonprofits. Together we will work with our community to proactively identify areas of greatest need, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and make awards.

So that we can quickly move resources and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, there is a simplified needs. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. The Fund expects to make an initial round of grants within the next few weeks.

To learn more, please check the FAQ page, which we hope will answer many common questions.


Ways to Donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund

TEXT 'GHKPRELIEF' to 44321

DONATE BY CHECK: 7191 Wagner Way, Suite 102, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 

 

                                                                                 


Fund Partners

In times of crisis, coordination is vital to getting critical resources to those in our community most impacted. We are indebted to the philanthropic leadership of our community in working quickly and collectively to support those in greatest need during this time. 

Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government, and business to support our community through the COVID-19 Response Fund.


CERF Fund Contact Information

General questions and inquiries about the emergency relief fund: covid19@gigharborfoundation.org

For interested donors and partners: 
Ariel Gustanski, GGHF Director of Marketing and Business Development
agustanski@gigharborfountaion.org 
253.514.6338, ext. 105

For media inquiries, please contact:
Judson Morris, GGHF President
253.820.3858

OR

Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski, GGHF President Emeritus and CEO
jgustanski@gigharborfoundation.org
253.223.8003 or 253.514.6338, ext. 102


To make a donation by check or other assets:
Toni Gillespie, Office Administrator
tgillespie@gigharborfoundation.org
253.514.6338, ext. 101