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Wild Rivers Community Foundation and Humboldt Area Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $62,700 to three Curry County entities — one that is distributing COVID-19 vaccinations, and two that are providing food and services to people affected by the pandemic.

Curry Health Network, the primary vaccine source in Curry County, received $40,000 to help cover the cost of staffing needed to give up to 1,000 COVID-19 vaccination shots every week from April to July. The network, which sought a $83,000 grant to cover that time period, is not reimbursed from the state for these services, and is waiting to see how much federal funding it may receive. The network will use the grant funding to cover some of the clinical, logistical and data entry labor costs.  

The Brookings Harbor Food Bank received $17,200, to help serve low-income, youth, veterans and Spanish-speaking families in the Brookings area. Some of the funds will be used to expand the “snack pack” program for children ages 2-17, many of whom have not had access to reduced/free lunch programs at schools because of the varied school schedules. The grant will also cover some of the cost of a contract (July through December) for a Spanish language interpreter/community outreach worker serving about 22 families since January. Many of these residents have had little to no income since March 2020 and have not used food bank services previously due to concerns they were not eligible.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, which serves homeless and low-income residents in Brookings, received $5,500 for two new ovens, two new water heaters (for dishwasher and showers), counter top and food storage area for meal prep and a shower door for a shower used by those in need. In recent months, the church has increased its meal preparation, providing 50 to 60 meals a week, and provided shower access and other services to about 60 people a week since the pandemic began.

The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, launched by HAF and WRCF on March 20, 2020, has distributed $2.5 million in grants to about 200 organizations in Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties. The fund has received more than 120 individual contributions and donor pledges ranging from $20 to $50,000. Institutions and foundations have also contributed. These include The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Gordon Elwood Foundation, Humboldt Health Foundation and Pacific Gas & Electric Foundation.

To encourage giving, HAF and WRCF are taking no administrative fees, with 100 percent of every gift going to grants. Contributions, small or large, can be made to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund online at hafoundation.org/Giving/COVID19 or by mailing checks to Wild Rivers Community Foundation at 990 Front St., Crescent City, 95531. For information call 707-465-1238.

COVID-19 grants

Grants were awarded to:

n $40,000 to Curry Health Network to cover staffing costs for COVID-19 vaccination clinics

n $17,200 to Brookings-Harbor Food Bank to serve low-income, youth, veterans and Spanish-speaking families.

n $5,500 to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to serve the homeless and low-income families.

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