Pandemic response fund delivers $2M to agencies helping vulnerable Hamiltonians

More than a dozen Hamilton organizations that serve the city’s most vulnerable residents are getting an emergency $2 million in funding.

The Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) says it’s the first commitment from its newly developed COVID-19 pandemic response fund, with more money expected to go out to even more organizations in the coming weeks and months.

President and CEO Terry Cooke said the first wave of funding comes from the Foundation’s reserves.

“We’ve been saving for a rainy day and this is most assuredly a difficult storm that we’re facing,” Cooke said.

Sixteen organizations that serve Hamilton’s most vulnerable residents have been selected to receive a portion of the $2 million, including Hamilton Food Share, Good Shepherd, the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, and the Shelter Health Network.

“Charities that are providing services, really, to the most marginalized, hard-to-serve communities who obviously have been deeply challenged by COVID-19.”

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Since launching the fund earlier this week, the Foundation has received commitments of an additional $750,000 or so from donors.

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