Soon after Gov. Mike DeWine announced measures to protect Ohioans during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the world seemingly shut down, the impact could be felt by people in our community.
From families dealing with food insecurity to students struggling with learning from home, the needs grew.
The New Albany Food Pantry reported that demand increased nearly 300%.
The New Albany Community Foundation acted quickly, establishing the COVID-19 Assistance Fund and awarding grants to organizations providing much needed help.
More recently, the community foundation launched a COVID-19 Call to Action and Huntington National Bank's $25,000 matching grant pool.
By donating to the foundation's COVID-19 Assistance Fund, any gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.
We appreciate Huntington's generosity and hope many will be a part of this collaborative effort to help neighbors in need.
Gifts made to the assistance fund through columbusfoundation.org support:
* Face shields for health-care workers: Form5 Prosthetics Inc. is protecting our health-care professionals during the pandemic by 3D printing 10,000 personal-protective-equipment shields for local hospitals.
* The New Albany Food Pantry: The pantry is helping to eliminate food insecurity in the New Albany-Plain Local School District by connecting our students and neighbors in need with food and other critical resources.
* Student success: The fund helps New Albany-Plain Local provide resources in support of student learning and individual student needs, ensuring the safety and welfare of our children during the coronavirus pandemic.
* Mental health: The fund supports New Albany-Plain Local mental-health programs and services and the community through the community's Well-Being Initiative and the Well-Being Connection.
We appreciate everyone who responds to our COVID-19 Call to Action and our additional leadership partners, including:
* The Facebook New Albany data center
* The New Albany Women's Network
* The Cindy and Keith Berend family
* The Nanette and Michael Triplett Family Fund
* The Sara and Christopher Zochowski Family Fund
* Ultimate U Total Health
Already, hundreds of individuals and families have contributed.
It has been uplifting to witness the community's timely response to the challenges caused by the pandemic and how families and organizations work together to help neighbors.
Many thanks to everyone who is volunteering, organizing, donating or helping others.
Nanette Nardi Triplett is a member of the New Albany Community Foundation board of trustees.