ACF of Sedona and collaborating partners issue grants across Sedona and the Verde Valley
Sedona AZ (April 29, 2020) – In the last five weeks, the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona/Verde Valley and its collaborating partners have granted $189,400 to 22 local nonprofit organizations who are providing critical care services to our neighbors in need.. Funding has been distributed from the Sedona/Verde Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund and the ACF’s statewide COVID-19 fund.
“The outpouring of support from caring community members has been truly inspiring. I am so thankful to all of the individuals and organizations who have pulled together and collaborated to make this possible” states Jennifer Perry, Regional Director of ACF of Sedona. Grants have been made possible thanks to the generous support of Sedona Kind, the Sedona Women, Rotary Club of the Verde Valley, Sedona AZ Detachment 1237 Marine Corps League, Rotary of Sedona, Rotary Club of the Village of Oak Creek, Seven Canyons, Christ Lutheran Church, the Catena Foundation and many other collaborating donors.
“We were so impressed with the Arizona Community Foundation’s thoughtful approach to getting funds to our communities most needy, we wanted to pitch in what we could.” Stated Bill Chisholm of the Sedona AZ Detachment 1237 Marine Corps League.
Nonprofit organizations who have received immediate relief grant funding to-date include:
- Abide Maternity Home
- Bread of Life
- Buena Vista Childrens Services
- Camp Verde Marshalls Office
- Friends of Camp Verde Library
- Low Income Student Aid Inc
- Manzanita Outreach
- Old Town Mission
- Precious Stones Preschool
- Project Rising Hope
- Sedona Community Center
- Sedona Community Food Bank
- Society of St. Vincent De Paul
- Toley Ranz Foundation
- Verde Valley Caregivers
- Verde Valley Fire District
- Verde Valley First Books
- Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity
- Verde Valley Humane Society
- Verde Valley Sanctuary
- Verde Valley Senior Center
- Veterans Voice and Views
“Thank you so much for the generous support that was provided by the Arizona Community Foundation.” Stated Jeremy Embry, Bread of Life Mission, Inc., President / Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to your support we have been able to meet the significantly increased demand for food assistance in Camp Verde, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, and Beaver Creek. On average we have seen 1,500 folks per week needing food assistance. We have not had to turn a single person away without food. The donation from ACF has helped us purchase additional food, send a driver to Phoenix on a weekly basis to get an additional truck load of food, helped us purchase the packing materials for food boxes, PPE, and to rent an additional truck to transport the extra food. Thank you again for the powerful ways that you support our community. The Arizona Community Foundation is truly a blessing!”
The immediate funding priority is being given to organizations that are providing critical care services in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. If future resources permit, ACF will conduct a second phase of grant funding to help our non-profits recover from this crisis.
Many community members have indicated that they are planning to donate their stimulus checks to the Sedona Verde Valley Community Response Fund. “I’m retired…my income is fixed and my expenses are down these days. So I’m donating a chunk of my stimulus check to the ACF Sedona/Verde Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help my neighbors whose income was cut off. They need the boost much more than I do.” – Paul Friedman, OLLI Volunteer
Donations can be made to the Sedona Verde Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund at azfoundation.org/covid19 and select the “Sedona Verde Valley” tab or checks can be made payable to the Arizona Community Foundation, P.O. Box 558, Sedona AZ 86339. For more information, contact Jennifer Perry at JPerry@azfoundation.org or call 928.399-7218.
Non-profits, tribal entities, and government agencies providing critical care services in response to the COVID 19 Pandemic can apply for funding on the ACF Sedona website.