Fund will help with coronavirus relief

Dear Editor,

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps donors support the things they care most about, through charitable giving right here in the communities we call home. We’ve been here since 2005, building endowment funds to support the needs of the local nonprofit community as they provide vital services to those in need. 

While the Rochelle Area Community Foundation’s core mission is to build wealth that will provide funds for a variety of nonprofit organizations into perpetuity, we also have the ability to quickly adapt to current circumstances that require immediate and short-term relief. That time is now. 

Our strong relationships within the community help us understand the needs of local nonprofit organizations and those they serve. Armed with this knowledge, we assure you that the charitable contribution you make to the Coronavirus Response Fund of the Rochelle Area Community Foundation will help those organizations continue to provide the vital services that help people where they are. 

You help. We help. One hundred percent of your gift to the Coronavirus Response Fund will go toward grants to local nonprofits to respond to their needs and the needs of those they serve as long as the pandemic continues, or the funds run out. We will charge no fee for this work. It’s our gift to the community to help get through this challenging time. 

In response to the current situation, the foundation has redirected the funds available for community needs grants to provide for essential and basic needs. For example, to provide hunger relief by granting funds to the Northern Illinois Food Bank for monthly local mobile food trucks, staffing them with volunteers, supporting the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry to enable the purchase of much needed freezer and refrigeration units and milk for those they serve and providing funds for food and supplies needed by The Kitchen Table to support their Take and Bake Meal program, available to anyone in need.  

We worked with the Hub City Senior Center to provide masks to vulnerable populations in the community and provided funds to Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County and HOPE of Ogle County to bolster their efforts to provide decent, safe and affordable housing for people in need. The Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project assists Latino workers in understanding and defending their employment rights and offered cash assistance to those workers who did not qualify for funding under the CARES Act. 

When we learned of funding available to nonprofit organizations through the Illinois COVID Response Fund, we worked hard to ensure that Rochelle and Ogle County received a share of those funds. We secured $100,000 to re-grant to local nonprofit organizations through the fund. We reached out to ensure the nonprofit community knew of the opportunity and funded 13 applications from organizations providing for basic, essential needs due to the pandemic.

With these funds, 4-C Community Coordinated Child Care provided direct assistance to in home licensed child-care providers to assist with lost income during quarantine and while they can only offer limited services due to social distancing. Believe in the Children received funds to support a number of children in western Ogle County with food and socially distant summer activities.  Easter Seals supported the Ogle County families they serve with various needs due to the pandemic.

The Hub City Senior Center, together with the Rochelle United Methodist Church and the Rochelle Rescue Mission, helped with past due utility bills, essential supplies, and emergency hotel stays.Sinnissippi Centers received support for staffing and basic needs for clients in assisted living situations. The Village of Progress utilized support to stay connected with those they serve while quarantine and social distancing made it impossible to gather. 

If you’re able, we hope you will consider a one-time or recurring gift to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation to help us support this important work. All contributions to the foundation are exempt from tax to the extent allowed by law.  Visit our website at now to give via PayPal.  We are currently seeking contributions of any size to the Coronavirus Response Fund. We also graciously accept a check mailed to P.O. Box 74, Rochelle, IL  61068. 

Kim Montgomery

RACF Executive Director


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