Short Takes: July 2020


July 4
Happy Birthday America!

July 10
Friends of the Columbia
County Library Book Sale

July 25
Saturday Chef Community Cooking Class
Helms College

July 27
National Love is Kind Day
Tell someone you love them while you have the chance… tomorrow isn’t promised.

July 31
National Mutt Day
Visit a local animal shelter and make a mutt part of your family!        

Way to Go Augusta!

Our world continues to reel from the impacts of COVID-19, which has impacted already highly vulnerable communities and the local organizations that serve them. In the Augusta area alone, 51 percent of residents already living in poverty and considered working poor are among those hit hardest. As local economies have come to a standstill forcing layoffs, leaving many without a paycheck and the ability to care for their families, now more than ever.

The United Way of the CSRA and the Community Foundation for the CSRA, teamed up to create the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. According to the United Way, the intent of the fund is to react quickly and efficiently to help those organizations and individuals most in need and, over time, to respond to the longer-term impacts of this crisis.

The organizations identified populations most at-risk of losing vital income to support their families, experience job loss, and of going hungry during events such as school closures. They worked with and through area nonprofits and community partners to provide critical services and support and where necessary to provide direct assistance to individuals and families.

To date, the emergency response fund has given more than $1,073,000 to 39 local organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Kudos!

 Photo credits:Provided by Metrocreative and by Perry Grone on Unsplash

Appears in the July 2020 issue of Augusta Magazine.

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