Donations pour into new Skagit Community Foundation fund for COVID-19 relief

Friday, April 17, 2020

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MOUNT VERNON -- Donations are pouring in for a new Skagit Community Foundation fund supporting charitable organizations and agencies working to directly address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Skagit County.

As of April 16, the Skagit Valley Disaster Relief Fund had received over $150,000 in donations, said Skagit Community Foundation Executive Director Michael Stark.

“It’s amazing and inspiring to see these donors investing in our community,” Stark said.

Distributions from the fund will focus on supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that directly support vulnerable populations and critical human needs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Skagit County.

EDASC, as well as the United Way of Skagit County, provide support for this fund.

The Skagit Community Foundation has so far distributed $50,000 to organizations across Skagit County, with each organization receiving about $5,000.

Funding examples include Camp Korey and its project to set up a quarantine camp for first responders, and the Diaper Bank of Skagit County and its mission to provide diapers to those in need.

One of the largest donations came from the PACCAR Foundation -- which directed grants to organizations in communities within the service area of a significant PACCAR presence -- of $50,000. The PACCAR Technical Center is located in Mount Vernon and employs over 400.

“The contribution was meant to reflect how important the community is to the staff that work here,” said Dr. Phil Stephenson, General Manager of the PACCAR Technical Center.

Other donors include the Perigee Foundation, Medina Foundation, Roger and Mary Ann Mercer, and Bill and Janet Dehon, and more.

And lately, Stark has noticed more personal donations coming in.

To donate or apply for funding, visit the Skagit Valley Disaster Relief Fund page.

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