Your Support Is Hard At Work

The impact of Covid-19 on our community has been disruptive and costly.
Today we are making progress and the changes needed for safety.

In early April, the CCF Board of Directors voted to assign $15,000 to help the needs of our community as a result of the pandemic. We established our Covid-19 Relief Fund and sent out a fundraising request for $5,000 dollars in order to meet a $5,000 matching funds challenge put forth by two generous donor families. In less than two weeks we exceeded our goal. The total we are putting to work for Covid-19 Relief is now $26,000.

To date, our Covid-19 Relief Fund is assisting with the following support:

  • $5,000 is allocated for the “Lewis County Mask Makers” led by Callie Carpenter. These wonderful volunteers made 22,000 reusable cloth masks.
  • $10,000 is being used to preorder a large quantity of high-quality hand sanitizer from Sandstone Distillery, who temporarily switched production from bourbon to sanitizer. We have supplied Centralia School District the amount needed so they can focus on safety for all when re-opening.
  • Our fund advisory team is working with Providence Centralia Hospital regarding improvements to their technology for Covid-19 infection testing.  We are directing some of our funding to assist Providence with rapid Covid-19 testing with the BD MAX™ System. Our support will be a matching funds challenge (TBD) contingent on making Centralia School District a priority for testing so our schools can open safely and as soon as possible.
    This week, none of us knows what our procedures will be this fall for Covid-19 infection control within the schools. The conversation has started, we are in it, and is ongoing. We are here to help were we can.
  • Our fund advisory team continues to help connect our local workforce to job opportunities from area manufacturing plants through our partnerships with industry and training programs. We will soon have more information and an update on the progress being made.

We have seen an outpouring from organizations and people stepping up to meet the needs in our community. There is much more work to do. Please, if you haven’t yet donated, consider a contribution to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.