The Catholic Foundation is launching an emergency fund to raise needed money for families and individuals in our parishes and food for our food pantries.
UPDATE as of March 31, 2020 – To date, including the initial $250,000 seed gift, over $620,000 has been given to the fund.
UPDATE as of March 26, 2020 – To date, including the initial $250,000 seed gift, a total of $573,935 has been given to the fund. To date, we granted $123,750 to six (6) pantries and nine (9) parishes with requests ramping up everyday. Given the Governor’s “stay at home” order and other forecasts on the uncertainty of how long this will continue, it is clear that the need is even greater than anticipated. We encourage you to give if you haven’t already and if you have, share this with family and friends via email and social media so that we can further assist the parishes and food pantries in our community.
On Monday, March 9, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency. As a result, The Catholic Foundation, in partnership with the Diocese, has established the Catholic Emergency Response Fund.
This fund will provide immediate and flexible assistance to parishes within the Diocese of Columbus, that are receiving financial requests from parishioners due to the spread of COVID-19. This fund will also provide financial assistance to food pantries sponsored by the Diocese of Columbus to purchase food.
The fund has been seeded with $250,000 from the Foundation and is accepting donations from those who also want to help our Catholic community. 100% of donations go towards helping our Catholic parish families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.