UCAN Awarded $64,900 By Oregon Community Foundation to Help Residents Impacted by COVID-19
The Oregon Community Foundation has selected UCAN to receive a Community Recovery Fund Grant. The grant, for $64,900, will jumpstart UCAN’s efforts to address the needs of Douglas and Josephine County residents reeling from the early impacts of COVID-19 on health and the economy.
UCAN’s Executive Director, Shaun Pritchard, expressed his deep thanks for these funds, stating, “This very generous award is extremely valuable, because UCAN can use the funds to flexibly respond to the growing community needs we are seeing.” UCAN is the only provider of services in Douglas and Josephine County to receive this award, evidence of the critical role UCAN plays in the region to ensure people have their basic needs addressed.
UCAN is already seeing a sharp increase in the number of families and individuals seeking services, well before the full brunt of the virus hits the region. Unemployment has surged in the past few weeks, and with it, an increase in demand for food, shelter, childcare and many other needs. Requests for emergency food increased by 20% between February and March alone.
Pritchard observes: “We expect a much greater need for emergency food in coming months as unemployment rates continue to rise, and the number of those infected with the virus increases. We have started providing emergency childcare to meet the needs of the many families who are serving on the front lines to address the pandemic, such as health care workers and police officers. We are also expanding support for homeless services, ensuring that those living unhoused can have a safe place to spend the night. UCAN continues to provide these and other services even as many staff work from home, in some cases offering services via cell phone or computer.”
With needs rapidly increasing in the region, Pritchard notes that UCAN is working with other funders to make resources available as soon as possible. “We hope that others will consider supporting our efforts at this time, particularly with financial donations. Any amount helps. We are in this for the long haul, and will need to keep expanding services.”
Those desiring to make financial donations can do so by mailing them to UCAN at
- 280 Kenneth Ford Drive, Roseburg, OR 97470 in Douglas County, or
- 125 NE Manzanita, Grants Pass, OR 97526.