United Way Awards $72,200 in Latest Round of COVID Relief Funding

PUTNAM COUNTY, IN — The United Way of Putnam County announced an additional $72,200 in COVID-19 Community Relief grants for local agencies that are impacting lives of Putnam County residents through the pandemic. The latest award announcement brings the United Way’s total COVID-19 relief for Putnam County to $223,900 since the pandemic began a year ago.

The funding supports the health, education, and financial stability of Putnam County residents who have been affected by the damaging consequences of COVID-19. To date, the United Way has helped over 9,000 local residents with basic needs, education, and health-related support since the beginning of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is focused on the response, recovery, and revitalization of Putnam County. While much of the support is assisting Putnam County’s vulnerable population groups, it is also investing in long-term improvements to the community, as well as short-term recovery efforts.

“While we’ve been able to invest a lot into improving lives of families struggling in our community, we are fully aware that many of the challenges and setbacks of our neighbors will continue to limit their potential for the months and years to come,” says Chris Flegal, United Way of Putnam County’s Executive Director, “Our fund is not only helping with the immediate needs of families, but is also thinking about the recovery and long-term solutions to our current challenges. We see this as an opportunity to re-think how local nonprofits impact families in need.”

By taking a comprehensive approach to community needs, collaborating with community partner agencies, and using data to drive decision-making, the United Way is in a unique position to advance the common good in Putnam County.

Recipients of the fifth-round grant funding include: $25,000 to Imagination Library; $12,700 to Edge21; $12,000 to Coalition 360 (c/o Family Support Services of West Central Indiana); $10,000 to the Putnam County Pantry Coalition; $5,000 to Phil the Need; $5,000 to the Putnam County Council for the Aging; $2,500 to Lakeland Center; and $2,000 to the Putnam County Public Library.

Since March of 2020, the United Way of Putnam County’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has raised over $312,000 from individual and corporate donors, including a significant gift of $225,000 from the Lilly Endowment. For a full list of COVID-19 award recipients or to learn how you can donate to the fund, please visit www.unitedwayofputnamcounty.org.