Contra Costa County organizations serving the county’s most vulnerable residents are receiving swift financial assistance thanks to a new fund supported by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, owned and established by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.
The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, launched by the Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation, aims to provide swift assistance in four key areas: food distribution, financial assistance, shelter and emergency housing, and support for essential workers.
In its first funding round, grants are supporting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, the Contra Costa Crisis Center, Shelter, Inc., Catholic Charities of the East Bay and White Pony Express.
The Fund is supporting organizations with the ability to swiftly deploy the funds to support populations in the County that are most vulnerable to economic and health risks during the pandemic.
“The economic impact of COVID-19 in the Bay Area is immense, with the biggest impact on people who have been living on the margins,” CCRHF Chair Bette Felton said in a statement. “These are families that can’t wait for government assistance in a few weeks, they are suffering and in jeopardy now.”
For additional information about the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and the Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation visit https://www.ccrhfcovid-19.org/.