The Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund recently announced its first distribution of $60,000 to regional service providers on the front lines of the pandemic.
The six safety-net service providers to receive funds were Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, CityServe of the Tri-Valley, Tri-Valley Haven, Senior Support of the Tri-Valley and Spectrum Community Services (Meals on Wheels).
The organizations were chosen due to their "highly developed infrastructure, extensive programming, broad reach throughout the valley, and vast resource networks" which are "best positioned to meet the increased demand for basic needs and services during this time," according to the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA), which established the fund in April to help stabilize community safety-net services in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore.
Each of the six organizations received $10,000 in unrestricted money during this first round of funding distribution.
"Unrestricted funds allow organizations to scale their operations and delivery systems as well, so services and resources reach their intended audiences in a timely manner. That's where the real impact occurs," said Susan Hayes, fund consultant for TVNPA.
The six nonprofits, currently under increased stress while providing for those affected by the pandemic, "regularly address the basic needs of vulnerable populations such as senior citizens, children, the disabled, veterans, those living paycheck-to-paycheck, and the homeless by providing food, clothing, safe housing, behavioral health assistance, wellness checks, transportation and medical care," according to the TVNPA.
The $60,000 included $30,000 of community donations and $30,000 from the alliance's Matching Funds Program -- the Community Health & Education Foundation contributed $20,000 to the matching program, and Hacienda Helping Hands added $10,000.
All of these contributions comprised "Round One" of what the TVNPA hopes is an ongoing effort to support community service providers in the Tri-Valley.
Round Two has now been launched with the $25,000 matching funds contribution of John and Marti Sutton, longtime philanthropists.
"We wanted to make a contribution to the TVNF that would encourage others to give at this time while supporting the incredible organizations in our community that provide valuable services to our residents," Marti Sutton said.
TVNPA CEO Kathy Young noted that the outpouring of community support has been instrumental to the fund's success thus far, saying, "It's comforting to know the idea of 'wrapping a blanket of services' around the shoulders of our neighbors most impacted has really resonated."
The Mony Nop Real Estate Team, Gene Morgan Insurance, Holy Cross Lutheran Church and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Community have all contributed to the second round of matching funds as well.
"Each round of funding is just as important as the first round," Hayes said. "We know residents will continue to face economic challenges for months to come, even as our communities start to reopen. As a result, our beneficiaries will need financial support to maintain and extend services at the elevated levels they're currently experiencing."
Local community members can contribute by donating directly to the fund, hosting an online fundraiser or becoming a Matching Funds Program partner with a minimum donation of $1,000.
To donate to the fund or find more information, visit here.