• SIX TRACY ORGANIZATIONS BENEFIT FROM UNITED WAY COVID-19 RELIEF AND RECOVERY PROGRAM LIVESTREAM SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 - 10:00am

    AUGUST 20, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    CONTACT: Kristen Birtwhistle, President/CEO
               kbirtwhistle@unitedwaysjc.org | 209-642-0725
     
    SIX TRACY ORGANIZATIONS BENEFIT FROM
    UNITED WAY COVID-19 RELIEF AND RECOVERY PROGRAM
    LIVESTREAM SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 - 10:00am
     
    [Stockton, CA] United Way of San Joaquin County has announced six Tracy organizations have received a total of $145,000 of the nearly $1 Million in funding they received from an anonymous donor. The funds are part of the $6.6 million earmarked for United Way chapters in the Central Valley in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery programs.
     
    McHenry House, Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Tracy Community Connections, the Tracy Boys & Girls Club, Sow A Seed Community Foundation, and Tracy Unified School District will all benefit from the COVID-19 donation. Each organization is facing unprecedented challenges – and this funding is being utilized to provide food and basic household supplies, educational tools and projects for students, placing high risk COVID individuals in motels, as well as payroll and general operating expenses.
     
    A Live Stream presentation and interviews with each organization, moderated by Kristen Birtwhistle, President and CEO of United Way of San Joaquin County, will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:00am.
     
    To access, visit the United Way of San Joaquin County facebook page (@UnitedWaySJ), where we will be streaming the Press Conference live beginning at 10:00am.


    Kristen Birtwhistle, President and CEO of United Way of San Joaquin County stated “Our involvement in Tracy, especially through our strong United Way Tracy Community Council, has helped us identify and fund these organizations who are being impacted by COVID-19. We realize that across our County, non-profit organizations and educational programs are struggling with the added expenses due to COVID-19, as well as the need for financial support – since the opportunity to hold fundraising events has been cut short.”
     
    As each organization has different concerns, it has been apparent that basic needs being covered by United Way have had the greatest impact. Food, hygiene products, gloves, masks and disinfecting items are high priority. All grateful for the assistance from United Way, the recipients shared how these funds have helped serve their communities.

    "Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy is grateful for the United Way’s donation for COVID-19 relief,” states Kelly Wilson, CEO. “The funds enabled us to continue our “Virtual” programming and provided food, books, school supplies and facemasks to hundreds of Club members and their families. The funds have also allowed us to keep our staff intact, staying connected to the kids & families through fun & educational daily zoom sessions and phone calls – to identify needs and connect them to resources.”
     
    Carrie Grover, ED for Tracy Interfaith Ministries shared, “This money has allowed us to continue our mission to feed the hungry in Tracy. More specifically, we have used the funds to purchase blankets, peanut butter, milk, eggs, meat, beans, fresh produce, and hygiene products. We were also able to support our Families at Risk program, as well as provide 600 children with a new pair of shoes as they return to school. We are so thankful.”
     
    “Tracy Unified School District is extremely thankful for the generous donation to our Food Service Department,” said Superintendent Brian Stephens. “It will used to improve our ability to provide meals to students during the pandemic.  Students in Tracy are directly benefitting from the generosity of the United Way.”
     
    “We are grateful to receive the donation from United Way. Right now,” said Rhodesia Ransom, Executive Director of Sow a Seed Community Foundation, “our youth need to know that they have people to turn to as they navigate the isolation and confusion while sheltered in place. This will help us expand our virtual wellness platform so more kids can reach our trained and caring staff. 
     
    “The gift from United Way has been a tremendous help in our mission to assist the homeless. We have been able to provide emergency housing to seventeen homeless individuals or families who were at a greater risk for Covid-19, and we also provided assistance for rents and PG&E bills due to a loss of income. The support from United Way is vital to being able to continue our mission,” states Jim Osborne, Executive Director, Tracy Community Connections Center.
     
    “Monetary donations have been very low during this pandemic,” said Armenia Pereira, Director McHenry House Tracy, “This donation has helped with the general operation of the 
    shelter, such as utilities, food, disinfecting items, gloves, masks, and disposable food serving. We are grateful for such a generous donation!


    For further information contact: United Way of San Joaquin County 209-642-0725 
     
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    ABOUT THE FUNDING:
    United Way chapters across Central California were given a timely gift from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The $6.6 million earmarked for United Way chapters in the Central Valley was allocated between organizations representing the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Fresno and Madera, Tulare, Kings and Kern. The gift is part of a larger $15 million-dollar investment meant for multiple California-based United Ways, a network which includes thirty individual chapters – as well as one statewide organization