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How COVID-19 Response Donations are Helping Society's Most Vulnerable


Read the full article on the San Diego Foundation website here.

Greg Anglea is not at a loss for words when discussing the challenges being faced by the region’s most vulnerable in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This crisis is unprecedented in its swiftness, in its severity, in its scope and in its scale,” Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, shared. “This crisis is hurting the lowest-income neighbors in our community the most, and our lowest-income neighbors are our hardest-working neighbors. These are people who are raising their families while working two or three jobs, and it is absolutely critical for those of us who have the means to help those who were barely getting by even before the pandemic began.”

The San Diego Foundation is among those stepping up, providing a $100,000 grant through the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund that will provide meals, help with rent and utility bills, cover the cost of urgent medical and healthcare expenses, and more.

“This will have a huge impact,” said Fiona King, the Escondido-based nonprofit’s communications and development manager. “Many of those in need had recently lost jobs they had secured with the help of Interfaith Community Services in the hospitality and service industries.”

Thanks to the generosity from individuals, organization and numerous donor-advised funds, The San Diego Foundation has granted $1.7 million to nonprofits through the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.