CHARLOTTE
COMMUNITY
FOUNDATION WORKING
WITH CHARLOTTE
COUNTY COAD ON
EMERGENCY FUNDING
AMIDST COVID-19
by Justin Brand | Mar 18, 2020

The Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF), among many others, have been following the Centers
for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations regarding the COVID-19. The negative impact that
our local economy may face in the coming days, weeks and possibly months has the potential to be
severe.

Through CCF’s Hands Up Grant (HUG), we will be providing assistance to those affected by job or
income loss. Thanks to the generosity of the Founder of the Hands Up Grant, Cheryl Berlon and
The Pennoyer Family Trust, $75,000 has been donated in a match-up opportunity which will allow us
to help our neighbors in need with emergency funding.

The Charlotte Community Foundation understands the economic hardship that is beginning to occur
to an already vulnerable population. We realize that the needs may be significant based on what we
have seen already.

The Charlotte County Community Organizations Active in a Disaster (COAD) has begun creating a
point of entry service for the various needs our residents may have. Beginning Friday, March 20,
2020, eligibility screenings will be done through Charlotte County 2-1-1. Funding will range from
rental/mortgage, transportation, utilities, childcare, food needs, etc. Simply call 2-1-1 or 941-205-
2161. A website with more information on specific needs will be provided in the coming days.
The Charlotte County COAD is a public/private partnership between community organizations that
are activated during all types of disasters to coordinate and respond to emergent community needs.
“We are fortunate to live in a County that is responsive and has residents, like Ms. Berlon who
recognize the responsibility our community has to assist those most vulnerable during a tremendous
time for need. Thanks to these Donors we are in a position to offer temporary assistance to those
most in need during this difficult time.

This situation has the potential to continue for an indefinite period. The HUG is the beginning of a
way for others in our community who wish to help to do so.”, said Ashley Maher, Executive Director
of the Charlotte Community Foundation.

Please consider giving what you can to help alleviate the burden of this unprecedented
situation. The first $25,000 received will be matched 1:1. You may donate by visiting our
website, www.charlottecf.org, calling 941-637-0077, mailing checks payable to CCF: memo:COVID-
19 HUG RESPONSE to 227 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 by sending an email
to amaher@charlottecf.org for more information.

Your compassion, understanding, and a donation in any amount will be greatly appreciated. The
residents of Charlotte County have always stepped up to help those affected in times of need. With
the nature of this emergency the need will most likely be more widespread and could be ongoing for
an unpredictable length of time. We are hopeful, of course, that we will see an end to it in a short
period of time and extend a heartfelt thank you to those willing to help.
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Charlotte Community Foundation, Inc. As the Center for Philanthropy in Charlotte County, the
Foundation focuses exclusively on the needs of Charlotte County. Providing more than $1.2 million
dollars through grant making in 2019 alone, the Foundation provides personalized donor services to
assist individuals in establishing tax advantageous charitable funds, which provide distributions,
grants and other resources to support nonprofits in Charlotte County. The Foundation’s mission is
“Connecting people who care with causes that matter”. For more information or for questions about
the Charlotte Community Foundation, please go to www.charlottecf.org or call (941) 637-0077.