Karri Matau is CEO of Community Foundation of Snohomish County. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Karri Matau is CEO of Community Foundation of Snohomish County. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Partners launch Coronavirus Response Fund, $250,000 to start

The Community Foundation, United Way, Health District, the county and businesses are working together.

EVERETT — A Coronavirus Response Fund, aimed at meeting immediate needs locally and easing long-term social and economic effects of the outbreak, was launched Friday with an initial total of $250,000.

A partnership of philanthropic organizations, government and business, the fund will be hosted by the Community Foundation of Snohomish County. Grants will be administered in consultation with Snohomish County, the Snohomish Health District and United Way of Snohomish County.

Premera Blue Cross donated $100,000, BECU contributed $75,000, and additional money from the Community Foundation and the local United Way made up the starting sum, $250,000.

“As the number of cases of coronavirus in our state continues to rise, it is important that, as a community, we have a coordinated response to best meet quickly evolving needs,” said Karri Matau, CEO of the Community Foundation, in a statement announcing the effort.

Individual donations will be collected on the Coronavirus Response Fund page on the foundation’s website, www.cf-sc.org. And 100 percent of all contributions will go directly to programs or services identified by fund partners.

Allison Warren-Barbour, United Way of Snohomish County’s president and CEO, said that while the crisis requires immediate response, “we will also have long-lasting ripple effects.”

“Loss of wages, access to food and supplies for already vulnerable populations, and childcare, just to name a few,” Warren-Barbour said in the announcement.

Dr. Chris Spitters, the Health District’s interim health officer, said that as the agency works toward slowing the spread of illness, the fund will help support people affected by measures to keep coronavirus in check.

Money will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues, the announcement said.

The effort is reminiscent of the Disaster Recovery Fund for Mudslide Relief. It was established by United Way of Snohomish County just days after the Oso mudslide that killed 43 people in 2014. By August of that year, United Way and the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation together had raised more than $4.5 million.

The partners plan to “phone meet” Monday to discuss the grant process, Matau said.

How to help

Donations to the Coronavirus Response Fund may be made on the Community Foundation of Snohomish County website, www.cf-sc.org.

 

RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus overview | Cases in U.S.

Washington State Department of Health: Washington outbreak including statewide case count

Snohomish Health District: General virus info | FAQ | Schools and child care | Blog with updates | Questions: Email or call 800-525-0127, then press #

Public Health—Seattle & King County: Coronavirus updates | News releases

Talk to us

More in Local News

Lynnwood
Lynnwood police shoot at man during pursuit

The man is wanted on multiple warrants, including one for attempted murder, according to police. No one was hurt.

Everett
Man shot at Everett apartment

The man in his 30s was shot Sunday night. No arrests had been made.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist identified in fatal crash near Lake Stevens

Anthony Palko, 33, died Monday night after colliding with a passenger car. The juveniles in the car were taken to the hospital.

Marysville
Police: Marysville man shot sword-wielding roommate in self-defense

The roommates were arguing over eBay sales, according to police. Then one of them allegedly brandished a two-foot sword.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Everett boy, 12, identified as Davies Beach drowning victim

Malachi Bell was one of three swimmers in distress Sunday in Lake Stevens. He did not survive.

Everett
Port of Everett hosting annual open house after pandemic hiatus

Also, Rustic Cork Wine Bar plans to open a second shop at Fisherman’s Harbor — the latest addition to the port’s “wine walk.”

The “Village of Hope,” a tiny home community including 17 shelters, is set to open on Mission Hill Road in Tulalip in September. (Tulalip Tribes)
Tulalip Tribes to open tiny home village with 17 shelters

It’s called the Village of Hope. Monthly culture nights will feature classes in Lushootseed and “Tulalip cooking.”

Everett Code Enforcement issued a violation citation to the owner of the Grand Apartments building at 2331 Rockefeller Ave., after allegedly finding exposed electrical wiring and evidence of unpermitted electrical and plumbing work. (City of Everett)
Grand Apartments, which saw outcry from tenants, faces code violations

The Everett complex has had its share of issues. Now the city is threatening fines if something isn’t done.

"Shoes are like jeans," says Dominic Ahn, 53, who took over ownership from his parents, who started the store 40 years ago. Photographed in Edmonds, Washington on June 30, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
EEEEEE! Edmonds shoe shop sells wide shoes only

The store has over 600 styles of work and play shoes for men and women with feet from D to 8E widths.

Most Read