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Community Memorial Foundation Awards Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars in Urgent COVID-19 Funding to Nonprofit Organizations Serving the Western Suburbs

Community Memorial Foundation (CMF) has awarded $249,750 to 26 local nonprofit partners who are addressing the COVID-19 outbreak in the Western Suburbs. Funding will expand telehealth tools for essential primary and behavioral healthcare services, as well as address health and human service gaps for the disproportionately affected.

“The Foundation has been listening to our grantee partners to understand how this pandemic is impacting our local communities,” says Greg DiDomenico, Community Memorial Foundation President and CEO. “Our Urgent Response Fund is one way that we can be flexible and responsive to our partners’ needs, while continuing to support equitable health and human services during this challenging time.”

BEDS Plus Care is an Urgent Fund recipient. The La Grange-based nonprofit is receiving a $17,500 grant to provide emergency shelter and meals for more than 200 clients.

“We are so grateful for the steadfast and generous support of Community Memorial Foundation,” BEDS Executive Director Tina Rounds said. “Community Memorial Foundation is a strategic partner and reliable friend. The COVID-19 emergency fund will ensure agencies in the Western Suburbs can support the most vulnerable right here in our community.”

Additional funding recipients include: Access Community Health Network, Aging Care Connections, Alivio Medical Center, All Our Children’s Advocacy Center, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, The Community House, Community Support Services, DuPage Pads, Greater Chicago Food Depository, HCS Family Services, Healthcare Alternative Systems, Helping Hand Center, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois, Metropolitan Family Services Southwest, Midwest Health Foundation, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, NAMI Metro Suburban, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Oak Park and River Forest Infant Welfare Society, People’s Resource Center, Pillars Community Health, Teen Parent Connection, and Way Back Inn. Community Memorial Foundation is also supporting the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, an initiative that partners Chicagoland philanthropies, corporations, and individuals to fund nonprofit organizations across the region. Several of the Foundation’s grantee partners have already received funding from this collaborative.

Community Memorial Foundation’s Urgent Response Fund is part of a broader plan to support the fiscal sustainability and resilience of its grantee partners. Toward this end, the Foundation has expedited its spring grant cycle to deliver nearly $900,000 in community funding earlier than anticipated. It also plans to award an additional $1.4 million dollars this year through a series of strategic capacity building programs associated with the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary; any current grantee organization participating in the programs is eligible for a $20,000 special grant opportunity.

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