The Community Foundation paired with WROI back in June of 2020 to raise money for the Fulton County Emergency Relief Fund in an effort to assist those effected by COVID-19 in the area. During the 12-hour event, donors raised over $8,000 and with the matching dollars from the Fulton County Community Foundation, over $13,000 was raised!
Where did these dollars end up you ask? All over Fulton County! Some of the grants given went to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Akron Community Center, Matthew’s Market, and the Compassionate Health Center. Each of these organizations were able to use the additional funding to better service their clients in Fulton County.
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry provided meat processing for 350 pounds of pork and 750 pounds of beef in the area. First Farmer’s Bank made a generous donation that allowed the purchase of several animals for meat. First Federal Savings Bank and other individuals continued to help the stock of meat in local food pantries grow. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry used the $5,000 grant made possible by the Radiothon to process the meat for eating. This was truly a community effort!
Akron Community Center (ACC) serves a wide range of community needs in Fulton County. It holds senior lunches, Akron Lions, Hispanic community celebrations, monthly fish fries, graduation parties, class reunions, weddings, AA, girl scouts, elections, and more! Due to COVID-19, ACC was forced to return deposits for bookings and stop renting out their facilities. This loss of income was detrimental to ACC. The $2,500 Emergency Relief Fund grant helped alleviate some of this loss.
Matthew’s Market is a local food pantry that serves all people of Fulton County who are food insecure. They work diligently to provide food, education, and spiritual support to low-income families. In order to store more food without it perishing they were in need of a freezer. This $5,530 grant helped purchase a new freezer and more food. The lack of food donations due to COVID-19 led the Market
to have to supplement their supply by purchasing some food themselves. The grant you helped provide gave them the funds they needed to do so!
Lastly, Compassionate Health Center (CHC) was in need of a new phone system. With everyone working remotely due to COVID-19, the CHC needed an updated system in order to serve their clients best. CHC provides free quality healthcare to uninsured and underserved impoverished individuals in Fulton County. Since CHC is a 501c3
corporation, they rely solely on donations from people like you and the grants you help provide! CHC now has a new phone system thanks to the $1,250 grant the Radiothon made possible.
The Radiothon was a huge success and your donations affected the lives of so many local individuals. We look forward to seeing what else the community can do when we all come together.