March 28, 2020

COVID-19 Response Fund Awards an Additional $209,000 to 10 Local Nonprofits

The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) announced today the third round of recipients in a series of grants awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton to help local not-for-profits provide emergency, basic human needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Grants totaling $201,000 were awarded to the following 10 local not-for-profit organizations.

These grants include:

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley ($20,000): to aid in purchasing food to help meet an increased demand through its Choice Food Pantry.

Eastway Corporation ($15,000): to help provide mental health services.

Good Shepard Ministries ($5,000): to assist in providing food and supplies for residents in recovery housing.

Home is the Foundation ($3,000): to help offer safe emergency shelter at hotels for homeless clients.

House of Bread ($10,000): to aid in purchasing food and other basic human needs for low-income residents.

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio ($6,500): to provide critical care supplies and maternal health care.

Preble County Council on Aging ($18,000): to assist in purchasing meals for at-risk senior citizens.

Preschool Promise ($30,000): to provide support to families of essential workers who need childcare.

YMCA of Greater Dayton ($70,000): to provide healthy meals and services at its childcare centers for families of essential workers.

YWCA Dayton ($23,500): to aid in providing emergency food baskets, supplies and hotel stays for clients.

The COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton was established by The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA), in partnership with Montgomery County, The Physicians’ Charitable Foundation of the Miami Valley and Sinclair Community College. To date, 20 grants totaling $369,500 have been awarded from the COVID-19 Response Fund.

Nonprofit organizations that are helping individuals and families with immediate, basic needs, such as food, housing, mental health and safety, in response to COVID-19, are encouraged to apply for a grant at or Applications are being reviewed by the fund’s distribution committee on an ongoing basis.

Information about the ways to contribute to the fund, including online via credit card, is available at The Dayton Foundation is paying all credit card processing fees and waiving administration fees so that 100 percent of donations go to charity.

Please note that The Dayton Foundation is operational during this time, however its physical office is closed until at least April 6, 2020. Postal mail will not be received until after that time. Any checks mailed to the Foundation will be processed as quickly as possible once health authorities lift the mandatory shelter-in-place restriction.

UWGDA’s HelpLink 211 also is available 24 hours a day for individuals needing information about community resources, basic needs assistance and other social services.

About The Dayton Foundation:
The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since its establishment in 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing more than 3,900 charitable funds that have provided more than $970 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

About United Way of the Greater Dayton Area:
United Way of the Greater Dayton Area (UWGDA) supports local health and human service programs and initiatives that serve Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. For over 100 years, UWGDA has been ensuring that the Dayton community has the tools needed to lead healthy and financially stable lives. Learn more at or call (937) 225-3001.

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File date: 03.28.20

Mike Parks

“We have shown time and time again over the past 10 months that we are a resilient and caring community, and all of our support and generosity is needed during this crisis. No gift is too small.”– Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation

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