PATH Foundation’s Response
- In the wake of COVID-19, the PATH Foundation and our surrounding community have been faced with finding solutions to ever-evolving problems. With the health and wellbeing of our residents at stake, we’re collaborating with partner organizations to help ease the burdens our community is facing. This page will be updated as we learn more information and ways to help.
- On June 29, we announced a new round of Community Resilience grants. This one-time grant cycle was created to help nonprofits facing financial difficulties from COVID-19 related circumstances. In total, $1.5 million in Community Resilience Grants were awarded. You can see the full list of Community Resilience Grant Recipients in our latest press release. To learn more information about this and other PATH Foundation grants, visit Our Grants page. Applications for Community Resilience grants are closed as of July 31, 2020.
- In addition to Community Resilience grants, we previously granted $816,000 in COVID-19 relief funding, for a total of $2.3 million in grants during the pandemic. A breakdown of previous grants is below:
- On May 10, we announced $206,500 in new, immediate COVID-19 response funding to local organizations
- On March 31 we announced $485,000 in immediate grant funding to respond to COVID-19 in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.
- On March 13, $125,000 was granted in anticipation of community needs.
- To learn more and see the full list of previous recipients, please read our news release.
- Please remember to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.
- Many in our community have reached out asking how they can help. If you’re interested in learning what you can do, beyond the VDH and CDC guidelines, consider these options.
How can I help?
- Visit LetsVolunteer.org, our Volunteer Hub’s website. Volunteer needs are being posted there and are updated regularly. As requests for social distancing and self-quarantining grow, we ask that you follow CDC and VDH guidelines in volunteering. Priorities will shift for many organizations, and balancing the health of you and your family with the needs of others is critical.
- Connect with neighbors – via email, phone call, or a Viral Kindness card. Many people will need assistance while practicing self-isolation or quarantine. Needs will range from delivering food to simply offering time for conversation. You can print and fill out the Viral Kindness cards, located here, to get in touch with neighbors nearby.
- Connect with churches – Many churches are finding ways to help the community without gathering as a congregation. If your church is helping others, please let us know as we understand which efforts are already taking place.
- Check social media – Nonprofits may post information about their needs on social media.
- The Northern Piedmont Community Emergency Response Fund is now open to community donations and grant requests for all 501(c)(3) nonprofits experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. Please consider donating funds, or if you’re a nonprofit, apply for funds at www.npcf.org. All requests will be responded to on a weekly basis. The PATH Foundation has contributed $270,000 to these efforts and will continue to monitor needs.
- Fauquier Health: Fauquier Health is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE; N95, Isolation and Surgical Masks), hand sanitizer and gloves. For more information on what is acceptable to donate, please visit their COVID-19 Preparedness website.
What if I or my organization need help finding services?
PATH Community Link
Help for Nonprofits
- If you need help finding services, call PATH Community Link. Our database is available by phone, email, or online. There are hundreds of resources available, and we can offer assistance in both English and Spanish. This service is 100% free and confidential.
- Are there any resources to help my organization navigate this crisis? The Center for Nonprofit Excellence can provide assistance on a number of topics, including scenario planning, focusing on internal operations, serving as a thinking partner and more. You can visit their page about COVID-19 response and services, learn more about their offices at the PATH Resource Center, or contact them via email.
- The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s Emergency Fund is providing financial help for nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. If you are (1) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or a public service entity that provides a community service, and (2) are experiencing a hardship in providing those services due to the COVID-19 crisis, please visit their website to apply or learn more.
Information about COVID-19
- For best practices and more information on the coronavirus, please view one of these sources of up-to-date information.
- The Fauquier County government’s response to COVID-19 has a number of resources for individuals and businesses, as well as information on county services.
- Virginia Department of Health outlines a situation summary, tracks cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, and has guidelines for businesses, community partners, educational institutions, households and more.
- CDC Coronavirus Updates provides guidance on protecting yourself, what to do if you feel ill, and crucial information about COVID-19. This page is regularly updated and contains resources for travel, schools, businesses, community organizations and more.
- National Institutes of Health provides resources, a situation summary and FAQs.
- World Health Organization provides information about global response efforts.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation maintains a tracker of business responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Johns Hopkins has created a live tracker of confirmed global cases of COVID-19.
The strength of our country is our people, and that is especially true in our community. Our mission is to strengthen the health and vitality of our community, both of which are being tested. As you are able, we hope you can join in these community-wide efforts to find ways you can help.
Did we miss something?
If you know about resources or ways to help that aren’t listed, please contact us and let us know!