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COVID-19 Relief Fund tops $130,000 raised

SALISBURY — The United Way’s COVID-19 Relief Fund topped $130,000 Monday, as the Rowan County United Way begins reviewing additional grant applications.

With 10 donations totaling $2,050 since the most recent update on Sunday, the COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised $131,372, with roughly $40,000 of that already provided to five nonprofit agencies. Rowan County United Way Executive Director Jenny Lee said the organization’s board is evaluating five grant applications from nonprofits that have not yet received funding with plans to name the recipients early next week.

Lee said applicants mostly submitted proposals about food and housing needs, but she said there’s one application that relates to access to medication. And she added that nonprofits have received funding can reapply later.

Nonprofits that have received funding to date include Main Street Mission, the Salvation Army, Rowan Helping Ministries, Meals on Wheels and the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund is intended for 501(c)(3)s that plan to use the money to help locals with food insecurity, medical expenses and housing needs as well as disruptions in business for nonprofits. Nonprofits can obtain more information about applying by visiting rowanunitedway.org or calling the office at 704-633-1802.

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.

The most recent donations include a $500 contribution from Vulcan Materials, which mines and sells aggregates for construction projects and has a quarry in Gold Hill. The company made $10,000 in donations to COVID-19 relief efforts in communities where it has operations in North Carolina, including Rowan and Cabarrus counties, said Community and Government Relations Manager Denise Hallett.

Hallett said the company, which is continuing to operate during the governor’s stay-at-home order as an essential service, has 20 quarries and three sales yards in the state.

“And we wanted to give back to those communities in a way to honor our employees and families that are living there,” she said. “We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than through the United Way. … The main thing is that we wanted to get out early and put some money up front, at least initially, to roll out funds in communities we are in.”

The most recent donations are as follows:

• Eric Slipp, $100
• Edward and Susan Norvell, $200
• Lawrence and Sandra Walser, $100
• Bob and Mari Wright, $500
• Bristol Myers Squibb, $200
• Anonymous, $100
• Anonymous, $100
• Anonymous, $50
• Margaret Stridick, $200

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