To the Editor:
The coronavirus pandemic is a global health concern that has impacted McHenry County at every local level.
Homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, parks and neighborhoods—it has touched every facet of our daily lives.
At The Community Foundation for McHenry County, we have witnessed our community respond to these challenging times boldly, generously and compassionately.
We have already granted $500,000 donated by individuals and businesses through the McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund to nonprofit organizations working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.
Additionally, nearly $225,000 has been raised for future grants to address long term and future needs related to the pandemic.
As we transition to our new normal, now more than ever, it’s important that we rally around our nonprofit organizations as they tirelessly serve those most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and maintain existing programs vital to our collective health and humanity.
Whether they are providing shelter, food and medical access to vulnerable families, preserving environmental treasures for future generations or bridging gaps to mental health and educational resources, their work is vast and far-reaching.
We must also not overlook the role of a thriving nonprofit community in economic recovery. Nonprofits represent the third largest workforce in the United States. And you can be sure they represent an engaged and passionate workforce, as employees are often people who have been impacted by the very services they now provide.
While 2020 is proving to be a year of unprecedented challenges, on behalf of The Foundation, I want to thank the people of McHenry County for answering with hope and humanity. To learn more about the work we are doing in our community and how you can be part of it, visit thecfmc.org.
Steve Middaugh, Board President
The Community Foundation for McHenry County