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MAM receives grant from Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund Grant (Houston Business Journal)

Apr 15, 2020, 12:56pm EDT

The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund has made its first investment to assist the region's most vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Recovery Fund, launched by the United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation in late March, deployed over $1.5 million into 30 nonprofit partners to serve communities where residents need access to food and financial assistance, according to an April 15 news release.

"The 30 nonprofit organizations receiving this first round of grants are trusted partners who have strong track records of supporting our community in times of hardship and recovery," Stephen Maislin, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, said in the release. "They know Houston and how to best reach some of our most vulnerable populations."

The fund launched with two donations from the Houston Endowment, which gave a lead gift of $1 million and a challenge gift of up to $1 million that matched $1 for every $4 raised. By April 8, the fund had grown to $4.8 million. As of April 15, the fund has reached $7.4 million.

"The widespread impact of COVID-19 has created unprecedented need in our community and, while we know that no single recovery fund can address all the needs, our current focus is to help sustain and stabilize as many of the most vulnerable families as we can," Anna Babin, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Houston, said in the release.

Houston-based Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) contributed $1 million to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund and $500,000 to the Houston Food Bank, part of a greater $3 million donation to relief efforts across the U.S. and U.K., the company announced April 14.

Midstream giant Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB), which has a major presence in Houston, donated $300,000 to the fund. Houston-based Motiva Enterprises Inc. and David and Bonnie Weekley, of Houston-based David Weekley Homes, each gave $250,000, while Deloitte and The Kroger Co. Foundation each gave $100,000, according to a United Way spokesperson.

The following local nonprofits received contributions from the COVID-19 Recovery Fund's first $1.5 million investment:

  • Baker Ripley: $75,000

  • Boat People SOS: $68,400

  • Chinese Community Center: $50,000

  • Crisis Assistance Center: $25,000

  • East Harris County Empowerment Council: $50,000

  • Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc.: $50,000

  • Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS): $75,000

  • Fe y Justicia Worker Center Houston: $50,000

  • Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels and Much, Much More: $75,000

  • Humble Area Assistance Ministries: $75,000

  • Interfaith Caring Ministries Inc.: $50,000

  • Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston: $37,500

  • Interfaith Woodlands: $50,000

  • Katy Christian Ministries: $75,000

  • Living Hope Wheelchair Association: $70,000

  • Meals on Wheels Montgomery County: $40,000

  • Memorial Assistance Ministries Inc.: $75,000

  • Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance (MANNA): $30,000

  • Mission Northeast Inc.: $7,500

  • Montrose Counseling Center: $50,000

  • My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Center: $75,000

  • Northwest Assistance Ministries: $75,000

  • Second Mile Mission Center: $40,000

  • Tahirih Justice Center: $35,000

  • Target Hunger: $16,000

  • The Center for Pursuit: $35,000

  • The Salvation Army: $55,000

  • Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries Inc.: $37,500

  • Wesley Community Center Inc.: $25,000

  • West Houston Assistance Ministries Inc. (WHAM): $75,000


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