ST. LOUIS — Grants from the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund totaling nearly $370,000 were given to 16 nonprofit organizations serving St. Louisans who are affected by the coronavirus.

The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund was created and funded by a coalition of area foundations, businesses and individual donors, according to a press release.

An advisory council of health experts, foundation partners and corporate and community representatives awarded funds to the following organizations:

 Aging

  • Aging Ahead: elder services and food delivery
  • Cardinal Ritter Senior Services: basic needs, mental health, and isolation
  • St. Louis Area Agency on Aging: nutrition, transportation and other services

Basic Needs

  • Catholic Charities: coordinate agencies providing unmet and emerging needs
  • Community Action Agency of St. Louis County:  rent, mortgage, utility, and food assistance
  • Connections to Success: access to technology, food, transportation, occurring because of a job loss
  • Metro Trans Umbrella Group: food and toiletries, and address social isolation for transgender adults
  • Salvation Army:  food, supplies, shelter
  • St. Francis Community Services:  therapy, legal aid and case management
  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis: nutrition and isolation and low-income rent and utilities

Child Care

  • United for Children: nutrition and childcare for emergency and essential personnel

Disabilities Services

  • Paraquad: emotional support and communication for families and caregivers

Food Insecurity

  • Operation Food Search: food for children and families
  • St. Louis Area Food Bank: provide food given network disruptions

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Alive & Well Communities: basic services, mental health, and isolation
  • Behavioral Health Network: uninsured adults, homeless without phones

Contributions are being accepted for both the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and Gateway Resilience Fund, which will assist employees and owners of restaurants, bars and shops affected by the coronavirus.

The fund was organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation.

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