COVID-19 Relief Fund Exceeds Goal
Connecting Communities | July 2020
We began the COVID-19 Relief Fund in mid-March, knowing that many families would need immediate and direct assistance with the widespread job losses spreading across all industries. This was a new initiative for MSV and we weren’t sure how our supporters would respond.
By April our friends and donors had raised over $150,000. Then, in mid-April, an anonymous donor issued a challenge: if we raised another $100,000, it would be matched, dollar-for-dollar. Thanks to the overwhelming response of hundreds of generous supporters, the matching challenge was not only met but surpassed with a staggering $114,178 raised. Collectively, with the challenge match included, the initiative for the COVID-19 Relief Fund raised nearly $400,000.
During this time, thousands of community members have visited the food pantries, many in need of food resources for the first time in their lives. Two of the resident Daughters of Charity at the centers, Sr. Kathy Overmann and Sr. Kara Davis have made hundreds of food deliveries to home-bound seniors who rely on MSV for material and spiritual support. The teaching staff were using YouTube to read books to our students to keep them engaged and educated. The list goes on, but even through these adjustments MSV did not waver from the Mission.
An MSV family during the Illinois Stay at Home order, smiling for staff during a delivery of resources collected thanks to support received for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Through the generosity of the COVID-19 Relief Fund donors, MSV has been able to support more than 300 families, comprised of over 800 men, women and children. To date, 100% has been dispersed through weekly gift cards. 82% of recipients had lost their jobs or had reduced hours due to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought countless challenges, but with the help of donors MSV has been able to face them head-on. This has been an incredible time for the organization to grow as and is now stronger because of the support from donors and volunteers.