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COVID-19 Relief Fund tops $47,000 raised

SALISBURY — The COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised $47,142 since its start on March 22.

That total includes $2,475 raised since Sunday. And the Rowan County United Way has reallocated $120,000 from undesignated reserves with which it plans to match money given by locals. The Rowan County United Way said it’s urging the community to match its efforts to maximize the help it can provide in the face of “one of the most challenging times our community has ever faced.”

“We are truly moved by the steadfast support that we have already received from our community and encourage others to make a donation as we can now provide a dollar-for-dollar match,” said Executive Director Jenny Lee. “United Way will continue to monitor the ongoing needs to ensure our donor’s contribution are allocated to the most crippling needs as a result of COVID-19. Agencies, individuals, families with children, they all need our support now and we will continue to remain good stewards and share their stories from the front line so that folks will know exactly what their contributions are going towards.”

Money raised by the COVID-19 Relief Fund will be allocated by the United Way to local nonprofits who intend to use it to help local people with food insecurity, medical expenses and housing needs. The United Way says money can also help nonprofits with disruptions to regular business operations.

Anyone interested in making a donation can do so at rowanunitedway.org, text the word “RELIEF” to 704-286-1011 or mail a contribution to the United Way at 131 West Innes St., Suite 201, Salisbury, N.C. 28144. Those mailing donations should address them to the attention of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Those making a donation online should include a note in the comment section saying it’s for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Nonprofits who apply for funding will be able to request up to $10,000. Nonprofits can obtain more information about applying by visiting rowanunitedway.org or calling the office at 704-633-1802.

Donations since Sunday are as follows:

• John and Jane Riley, $100

• Gene and Darlene McCorkle, $100

• Frederick Bachl, $200

• John and Patsy Parnell, $100

• Mary Hipp, $200

• Lois Nobles, $100

• Romas Shuping, $100

• Barbara Wagoner, $100

• R.A. Lester, $100

• Capt. and Mrs. R.C. Hughes, $100

• W.A. and Joyce Cline, $200

• Cynthia Burns, $100

• Sandra Cody, $50

• Mr. and Mrs. Harold Buchanan, $100

• Tommy and Mary Willis Page, $300

• Sheila Brownlow, $25

• Randy Follas, $200

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