Huntsville is doing what Huntsville does. We’ve social distanced. We’ve worn masks. We’ve kept our COVID-19 numbers low for the population. We’ve even created a mega group of women who dedicate their spare time to delivering wine to each other.
If the coronavirus was a University of Florida football player running down the field in the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship, we would be tackling them and claiming victory.
Now, Huntsville can add one more achievement to our pandemic successes. Donors raised more than $700,000 in the fight against COVID-19, according to the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville.
“In times of crisis, as always, it takes a community of caring and committed members who will rise up to meet the challenges at hand,” said Melissa Thompson, foundation CEO and president of the Community Foundation. “We live in such a community, and together, we took decisive action to channel resources to meet needs.”
It started when Toyota Manufacturing donated $50,000, challenging other companies to help raise $500,000 in the fight against the coronavirus.
Then, the Huntsville/Madison County of Chamber of Commerce and WAAY-TV began the “Take 5 to give 5″ campaign, bringing donations to an end total of $708,211.
The money was divided among area groups providing to those in need during the pandemic, including Huntsville Utilities, CASA of Madison County, Lincoln Village and Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) among others. Health organizations that received money include HEALS, Inc., American Red Cross, HAPPI Health and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Food ministeries that received funds include 305 8th Street, Arc of Madison County, Asbury Church, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center, Kids to Love and the Downtown Rescue Mission.
See the full list of nonprofits that received money here.
“What a humbling opportunity to have a front row seat to our community’s incredible generosity and the tireless nonprofit leaders helping those most in need,” said Amy Kvach, program officer of the Community Foundation.
You can still donate to the Community Foundation by clicking here.