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COVID-19 Crisis Fund Launched in Evansville

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Community leaders Friday announced they’ve set up a fund to supplement federal assistance for low income families over the next year and a half dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  

The numbers are staggering.

Community leaders say they hope to raise $6 million in donations from individuals and organizations to help low income families in a five county area survive the current crisis.

They launched what they’re calling the COVID-19 Crisis Reponse Fund for the Greater Evansville Region Friday, with $1.4 million in initial donations. During an online Zoom news conference Friday aftrernoon, United Way of Southwestern Indiana president Amy Canterbury said the need is great for financially struggling families.

“There are 30,000 families that fit that description in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spender, Posey and Gibson counties.”

Organizers say applications for assistance from the fund will open by April 3, with decisions about allocations underway by April 17. A description of the fund and a link to donate are located on United Way’s website. 

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