Local nonprofit Community Knights, Inc created a COVID-19 Nonprofit Response Fund to assist nonprofits and public school organizations who are being impacted by the virus. This response addresses the additional needs nonprofits and public school organizations have as a result of this public health crisis.

The decision to establish the fund was inspired after assessing the total impact that this situation may have on the area’s nonprofit and public school programs.

Jennifer Brown, CEO of Community Knights says, “We really felt it was our responsibility to do whatever we can to help our community. And, this response fund will do just that, help those who are helping the most in need”.

For the past 7 years Community Knights has been serving the Peninsula’s nonprofit and public schools by providing grants through their GIFT grant program. This program has been used to financially support many impactful programs that help our area’s youth and at-risk populations.

The financial strain is being felt throughout the Peninsula’s nonprofit’s.  “Since the outbreak, we have witnessed a severe spike in requests for food assistance. As other pantries are forced to temporarily close, families are turning to pantries like ours for emergency food. To meet the increased need, we will need more support from our community,” says Angela York, Executive Director at THRIVE Peninsula and GIFT grant recipient.

To continue supporting this fund, Community Knights is reaching out to the public for donations for the COVID-19 Response fund. Donations can be made at https://communityknights.org/donate.

Nonprofit and public school programs, who are being negatively impacted by the virus, can apply for financial assistance at communityknights.org/covid19-responsefund/. Each application will be reviewed and assessed on need and impact on the wellbeing of the Virginia Peninsula. For any questions, please contact Community Knights at 757-884-8097.