Grant Highlight: Disaster Recovery Fund Responds to COVID-19 Crisis
Donations to the Cooperative Development Foundation’s Disaster Recovery Fund are being put to work to help cooperatives and their employees weather the impact of COVID-19. With the support of the cooperative community, CDF is able to dispense resources to respond to the needs of cooperatives during a time of economic shock.
Grants were awarded to 11 cooperatives to pay rent and utilities, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), and provide financial assistance to employees. The following organizations received grants:
Capital Homecare Cooperative, Olympia, WA
Circle of Life Caregiver Cooperative, Bellingham, WA
Cooperative Care, Wautoma, WI
Echo Adventure Cooperative, Groveland, CA
eQuality Home Care Cooperative, New Braunfels, TX
Evanston Development Cooperative, Evanston, IL
Peninsula Homecare Cooperative, Port Townsend, WA
Ridgeline Homecare Cooperative, Port Angeles, WA
Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective, New York, NY
Scorcher Artisan Cooperative, Astoria, OR
Soaring Independent Cooperative, Madison, WI
"It feels great to have another cooperative agency covering our back during these challenging times. We're putting the grant money to work by keeping bakers in production and fresh bread on the shelf at our neighboring co-op grocery despite losing three-quarters of our income due to COVID-19," said Joe Garrison, Board President, Scorcher Artisan Cooperative.