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Valley of the Sun United Way issues grants from COVID-19 fund

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PHOENIX — Valley of the Sun United Way issued its first round of grants from its United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund.

In cooperation with Arizona Community Foundation, United Way provided grants to four organizations on Friday as the state combats the coronavirus spread.

The initial organizations to receive the grants were Child Crisis Arizona, Homeward Bound, UPWARD with Children and Families and Valley of the Sun YMCA.

“Today is a special day for United Way and our donors as we begin turning their generosity into much-needed support for our nonprofit partners at the front lines of the COVID-19 response and for our Valley neighbors most impacted,” Valley of the Sun United Way President and CEO Carla Vargas Jasa said in a press release.

“We are thrilled so many of the Valley’s leaders stepped up quickly to support our community at this critical time, including individuals, corporations and foundations.”

Combined with ACF’s COVID-19 Community Response fund, United Way and ACF have raised more than $8 million.

United Way and ACF will continue to accept and review grant applications on a rolling basis and coordinate funding support in Maricopa County as community needs evolve, the press release said. Organizations that did not receive any funding in the initial round do not need to apply again.

“While we continue to work on the immediate relief needed within the community, we recognize the importance of the long term recovery for our nonprofits acrossthe state,” Arizona Community Foundation President and CEO Steve Seleznow said in the release. “We will continue to work with our donors and philanthropic partners to address these needs in the coming months.”

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