Greatest Needs Giving Page
As the impacts—both emerging and still uncertain—of the novel coronavirus mount across our community, we are launching the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund to provide immediate and longer-term resources to vulnerable residents across the Wakatipu.
We recognize that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to intensify, it will have vastly disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts —especially older adults, people with compromised immune systems, low-wage workers, and short term workers.
Through consultation with our community partners, we are gathering information about how to most effectively provide immediate support, with the understanding that the impacts will be long-lasting and recovery for many will be a difficult process.
As a first step, we plan to issue grants to front-line service organizations that provide lifelines for vulnerable populations, meal delivery and daily living needs for homebound neighbors, support for low-wage workers who may experience food insecurity, loss of wages, and limited access to healthcare and paid sick leave, as well as other emerging needs.
We are grateful to the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund Committee and our Board of Trustees for committing quickly so that we can act. We hope that you, too, will consider making a donation today—or pledge a monthly recurring donation—to help our neighbors in need. 100% of your donation (less a 3% credit card fee) will go to those service organisation helping those most vulnerable. The Wakatipu Community Foundation is absorbing all WCF administrative fees for this initiative.
Thank you for all that you are doing for the Wakatipu during this time of heightened concern.
For our nonprofit partners, we have added a resources page on our site, which we will continue to update with additional resources and information.
Additionally, the Foundation’s staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Please use email to reach our staff members during this time.
We are here for you to make your giving as effective and simple as possible. The fact you might think of others, at what is a worrying and difficult time for us all, speaks volumes of your kindness and fellow feeling. We believe that the generosity of spirit shown in making a gift, any gift, at this critical time is the bedrock of what is good about this community, and will be what helps us all get through this current crisis together.
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