In times like these, it is important for the community to come together to help those in need.

Fortunately, organizations like Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) are working to provide assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

In a March 27 press release, CCF announced the availability of new COVID-19 grants for local nonprofit organizations engaged in helping local residents through the difficulties caused by the novel coronavirus.

“CCF is also seeking donations to help support this effort,” the press release states. “CCF was very grateful for the support during the Butte Fire and donations received during that time were turned into grants, helping many residents get back on their feet. Our hope is to again be able to give out many grants through the generosity of those living in the county who are able to financially assist us.”

CCF Treasurer Brent Harrington said that the organization already has an emergency fund set aside that can be used for the new grant program.

“We are starting out with some funds that we set aside after the Butte Fire in anticipation of the next disaster that might hit Calaveras County,” he said. “We never thought it was going to be something like this. We thought, quite frankly, that it was going to be maybe another fire.”

Harrington said that CCF is building off of its work during the Butte Fire.

“During the Butte Fire, we did fundraising and issued something like 21 grants totaling somewhere between $400,000 and $450,000 to organizations or nonprofits that were providing a direct service to people who had been impacted by the fire,” he said. “And we’re looking to do that same thing now.”

Harrington said that he was interested to see which organizations would apply for the grants.

“Things that come to mind are food banks,” he said. “And maybe those organizations that have kind of come together and are cooking and providing food for people, particularly seniors who don’t have access to food because their normal access points have been closed off because of nonprofits closing.”

Nonprofits interested in applying can contact CCF, which will provide a form with questions about the organization, its services and the amount of money requested, Harrington said.

“Then our board will very quickly have an email vote on whether or not we want to approve a specific grant to a specific group,” he said. “So we don’t really know who we’re going to give the money to; that’s going to be very interesting to us to see who comes forward.”

CCF is an all volunteer organization, Harrington said.

“We don’t have any employees,” he said. “We do have a small office in Angels Camp, and we have a phone, and we have internet that we have to pay, but we operate with very low overhead, so when people donate to us, that money is really going to nonprofits that provide services within Calaveras County.”

Harrington said that CCF relies on donations to carry out its work.

“Without donations, we can’t do what we do,” he said.

Donations can be sent by check to PO Box 1436, Angels Camp, CA 95222, or through PayPal at calaverascommunityfoundation.org. Donations are tax deductible, and CCF’s tax ID number is 68-0472056.

Nonprofits interested in applying for grants can contact CCF through email at info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org, or by phone at 736-1845.

CCF is the largest general purpose charitable organization in Calaveras County, and has distributed over $2.4 million through competitive grants, scholarship and assistance since 2001.

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Noah Berner has lived in Calaveras County most of his life, and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in history.

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