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HCCF Opens Disaster Relief Fund in Response to COVID-19

Duke Energy Foundation Pledges Support

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Henry County Community Foundation (Foundation) is accepting monetary donations to prepare for local COVID-19 relief efforts. The Foundation has activated the Disaster Relief Fund, a pass-through endowment that was created in response to natural or other disasters.

“While Henry County currently has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we know that some nonprofit organizations will see an increase in demand for their services,” stated Beverly Matthews, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “Money donated to the Disaster Relief Fund will be distributed by the Foundation to nonprofit organizations assisting the families whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.”

The Foundation has allocated up to $16,500 from its Choose Henry Flex Fund to address immediate needs and Duke Energy Foundation is committing $5,000 to this effort. “We want to thank Mark LaBarr, Community Relations Manager for North Central Indiana, which includes Henry County, for Duke Energy Foundation’s prompt response to this important endeavor, said Matthews. “This will continue to unfold as we find out what our needs are for the community.”

“The Executive Committee and staff are currently discussing the best way to use available grant dollars to help the nonprofit organizations facing the most need as they assist the residents of Henry County. We understand that in addition to this being a current health crisis, this is making an impact on the financial health and well-being of our residents,” added Matthews

Donations can be made online or by mail. When writing a check, please indicate “COVID-19” in the memo line. Donations may be mailed to HCCF, P.O. Box 6006, New Castle, IN 47362. When donating online, choose the “Disaster Relief Fund”. Online donations can be made at https://www.henrycountycf.org/giving/donate-online/

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