Update: Grants from the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund are providing immediate assistance to residents affected by COVID-19’s economic consequences in the Keys. Read more:
The Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund provides relief and recovery to residents of the Florida Keys affected by disasters and other emergencies, such as COVID-19 and Hurricane Irma.
Members of the community who wish to support aid to those affected by COVID-19 may donate to the fund.
“These are trying times for all of us. I was inspired by a news clip I just saw with residents of an apartment building in Italy, standing on their balconies and serenading each other in the night. As devoted members of our community, let’s find ways to sing out to our fellow Keys neighbors,” said CFFK board chair Ron Burd.
Jennifer McComb, CEO of CFFK, credits Shery Cotton for her generous $25,000 contribution “which was the seed money to begin our COVID-19 relief efforts.”
“The Coronavirus is already affecting locals who depend on the tourism industry for their livelihood, many of whom are living paycheck to paycheck in an area with a high cost of living. Parents may need to stay home from work with their kids while schools are closed,” McComb said.
Florida Keys nonprofits that depend on event revenue to support their respective missions have had to cancel their shows and fundraisers, she added.
All funds will be distributed through timely grants to charitable organizations for needs related to the impact of COVID-19 throughout the county. CFFK will not be giving money directly to individuals. In the event that funds raised through the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund are no longer needed for COVID-19 relief, remaining funds will be reserved for future local disaster relief efforts.
Following Hurricane Irma in 2017, $1.4 million in funds were distributed to help residents get their lives and homes back in order by helping people with repairs, transportation needs, rent and housing, medical supplies and care, child care, and much more, by working with local nonprofits and faith-based partners.
Keys residents Jon and Julie Landau have also created the Landau Family COVID-19 Food Fund for the Upper Keys to assist residents in dire need due to the economic affects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the Fund here.
“What makes the Keys so special is the community of people that call this island chain their home,” says Jon. “The purpose of this fund is to provide assistance to families of the Upper Keys who have been the most impacted by the economic consequences of the virus. Grants from the fund will be distributed to those who are suffering the most, thus providing critical help to our struggling community.”
You may make an online donation on this page (click button at top). If you are making a donation by check, please send to the CFFK office, 300 Southard St., Suite 201, Key West, FL 33040. Note in the Memo field that this donation is for the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund.
You may also make gifts to this fund by stock, wire transfer, real estate, and more. Please click here for instructions.
If you are interested in leaving a legacy gift through your will or estate plan, please contact CFFK at 305/292-1502 or email here.
Thank you for your generosity.
The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit (EIN #65-0648968) and all contributions are tax deductible. CFFK manages over 145 funds and endowments throughout the Keys. Since 1996, the Community Foundation has been helping individuals and families leave a legacy in the Keys by inspiring giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every resident from Key Largo to Key West. Over $30 million in grants have been made to student scholarships, arts and culture, beautification and preservation of the Keys, health and human services, hurricane relief, and youth programs. The Community Foundation, In Paradise For Good, will celebrate its 25th year in 2021. For more information, call (305) 292-1502 or click here.