Coronavirus updates: #GivingTuesdayNow will take place Tuesday as an emergency response to the financial crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Some area nonprofit organizations are among thousands that plan to participate in a worldwide fundraising endeavor Tuesday.


As part of #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity taking place as an emergency response to the financial crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Fresh Rx, and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County are among those boosting their already substantial fundraising efforts.


All three have been raising money for different sectors of the community impacted by COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.


On Tuesday, they will initiate specific campaigns designed to address the continuing need for community support.


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The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, which strives to build vibrant communities through meaningful philanthropy, plans to launch a special social media campaign to raise awareness of the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.


The organization has established a COVID-19 Response Fund, which already has raised over $3 million in grants to aid local communities in need.


Grants will be deployed to organizations providing food, housing assistance and access to healthcare as they respond to the global crisis, said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Foundation.


"Community foundations are uniquely well-positioned to identify, activate, and strategically connect people in the greatest need to lifesaving resources in these challenging times," Hurlburt said.


"We are strengthening our trusted partnerships with multiple nonprofit agencies to quickly and proactively help the most vulnerable in our community with immediate basic needs such as payments for utilities, childcare, and rent."


Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the coronavirus outbreak and its recovery phases.


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The most recent round of rapid response grants were deployed to: the Area Agency on Aging, Boca Helping Hands, Catholic Charities, Children and Family Charities, Clinics Can Help, Community Health Center of West Palm Beach, CROS Ministries, Feed the Hungry, Feeding South Florida, Genesis Community Health, Guatemalan Mayan Center, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, House of Hope, Legal Aid Society, Light House Cafe Ministries, Meals on Wheels, Neighborhood Renaissance, Palm Beach County F, ood Bank, Restoration Bridge, Salvation Army, Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, the Lord’s Place, and True Fast Outreach Ministries.


Fresh Rx, which connects qualifying families with fresh, local food, has started a pair of food distribution programs - Farm to Family and Farm to First Responders - that provides nutritious food to families in need as well as first responders.


Both programs are expected to run through May.


To date, Fresh Rx has raised over $500,000 for the programs through a partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, and has fed 30,000 people.


For #GivingTuesdayNow, Fresh Rx plans to embark on a social media promotion and donor campaign.


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The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, which works to nurture, promote and celebrate the county’s artistic and cultural community, has established an Artist Relief Fund to help creative professionals out of work because of COVID-19.


To date, the organization has raised $13,000, which includes support from the Great Charity Challenge. The fundraiser continues through May 31.


On Tuesday, the The Cultural Council will launch a video urging continued support of its programs.


Nonprofits First, a West Palm Beach-based membership organization focused on enhancing the nonprofit community’s effectiveness, efficiency, and impact, also has joined #GivingTuesdayNow efforts.


The organization has supported over 240 nonprofits in Palm Beach County since March 18.


"Now is a critical time to not only give to nonprofits, but to open our hearts to our neighbors," said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First. "We are in this together."


Many area nonprofits are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Among those are Alzheimer's Community Care, Pediatric Oncology Support Team, Els for Autism, Palm Beach Symphony, United Way of Palm Beach County, Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches, Place of Hope, Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach County, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Tri-County Animal Rescue, and the American Cancer Society.


For more information:


– Florida Department of Health coronavirus web page


– CDC coronavirus web page


– Florida DOH coronavirus hotline (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday) is 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov


jwagner@pbpost.com


@JRWagner5