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    Monetary donations accepted for distribution to local service agencies
    Madison, IN– In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County is accepting monetary donations to prepare for local COVID-19 relief efforts. The Foundation has activated the Disaster Relief Fund, a pass-through endowment that was created in response to the March 2012 tornado disaster in Jefferson County. 
    “While Jefferson County currently has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we know that some nonprofit organizations will see an increase in demand for their services,” stated Bill Barnes, Community Foundation President and CEO. “Of the money donated to the Disaster Relief Fund, 100% will be distributed by the Community Foundation to nonprofit organizations assisting the families whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic. The Foundation will also contribute an amount yet to be determined from its Flexible Community Funds as we find out what our needs are for the community.”
    The Community Foundation’s Executive Committee and staff are currently discussing the best way to use available grant dollars to help the nonprofit organizations facing the most need as they assist the residents of Jefferson County. We understand that in addition to this being a current health crisis, this is making an impact on the financial health and well-being of our residents.
    Donations can be made online or by mail. When writing a check, please indicate “COVID-19” in the memo line. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 306, Madison, IN 47250. When donating online, please type “COVID-19” in the “Fund you are donating to” field. Online donations can be made at https://www.cfmjc.org/give_now.php. (Please refrain from using a mobile device for online donations.) 
    For more information about the Community Foundation, visit www.cfmjc.org, contact Bill Barnes at 812-265-3327, or email bill@cfmjc.org.
    Established in 1991 by a group of local volunteers, the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County fulfills the mission of building a strong, vibrant community by helping donors provide perpetual funding for the people, projects, and passions of Jefferson County.