COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE FUND
The Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation (CCRHF) established the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund in March 2020 and was selected as a lead partner organization in the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund supported by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. We also received a generous donation from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as well as many donations from generous individuals in our community.
The Foundation moved quickly, identifying highest risk populations, and funding organizations who provided needed assistance. Given the urgency of the crisis, our priority was to find organizations with the capacity to move quickly and effectively.
Based on our environmental scans of the unmet needs, CCRHF continues supporting organizations that serve in five areas: Food Security and Distribution, Shelter and Emergency Housing, Financial Assistance, Support for Essential Workers and Other Emerging Needs.
Since our inception in March, we have granted over $1.6 million in our first six rounds of funding.
On our ongoing search for unmet needs, we have focused on finding organizations that work with undocumented individuals, and organizations that can quickly and effectively provide service to residential facilities for elders, and people with disabilities. We have several grantees who offer these services, and we will continue to pursue those priorities. We are also alert to the tension and sorrow in all our communities, and particularly communities of color. As we plan for recovery from COVID pain, we will also include social justice strategies in our search for community solutions.
Each of our grantees have the capacity to quickly and positively impact vulnerable populations in one or more of our five categories. These organizations represent a wide range of abilities to serve our community most in need and were selected based on their ability to provide service in one of the five areas described above while successfully addressing the following criteria:
Need: The organization's ability to reach populations most vulnerable to the economic or health risks posed by this public health crisis
Timeliness: The organization’s capacity to move rapidly to use its resources in the support of the target audience and its responsiveness to the emerging and current needs of the crisis
Ability: The organization’s existing infrastructure allows it to deploy the funds expediently and efficiently
Please click below to learn more about our first wave of grantees and the important work they are doing in our community:
THE SALVATION ARMY, CC COUNTY •
CHOICE IN AGING • LOAVES AND FISHES CC COUNTY • PORTIA BELL HUME BEHAVIORAL & TRAINING CENTER • MONUMENT IMPACT •
WINTER NIGHTS FAMILY SHELTER
NARIKA • SENECA FAMILY OF AGENCIES • ST. VINCENT de PAUL OF CC COUNTY • CONTRA COSTA FAMILY JUSTICE ALLIANCE •
HEALTH & ACTIVE BEFORE 5 •
RICHMOND RAPID RESPONSE (R3) •
LINCOLN FAMILIES • CENTER FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
HOMELESS ACTION COALITION • CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL OF CC COUNTY • FRED FINCH YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES • NAMI CONTRA COSTA • COCOKIDS • WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY PUBLIC EDUCATION • MONUMENT CRISIS CENTER • PLANNED PARENTHOOD: SHASTA DIABLO • GREATER RICHMOND INTERFAITH PROGRAM • LIFELONG MEDICAL CENTER • STAND!
RAINBOW COMMUNITY CENTER OF CC COUNTY • JEWISH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES • EAST BAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS • WHITE PONY EXPRESS • CC HEALTH SERVICE COVID-19 AMBASSADORS • HOPE SOLUTIONS NON PROFIT • LOVE NEVER FAILS
SHELTER, Inc. - $50,000 - The mission of SHELTER, Inc. is to prevent and end homelessness for low-income, homeless, and disadvantaged families and individuals by providing housing, services, support, and resources that lead to self-sufficiency.
White Pony Express - $50,000 - White Pony Express honors the essential unity of all by making sure that no one suffers from want when there is means of aiding them, embracing and serving all those in need. Their mission is to help eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need -- with love.
Catholic Charities - $50,000 - The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.
Contra Costa Crisis Center - $50,000 - Dedicates their services to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and provide or connect them with culturally relevant resources in the community, and have since 1963.
Food Bank of CCC & Solano - $50,000 - Started in 1975, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano stores and distributes donated and purchased perishable and nonperishable food items. They distribute food directly to low-income people at community sites and make food available for other nonprofit organizations serving the ill, needy and children. The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger.
The Salvation Army, Contra Costa - $36,000 - The Salvation Army (TSA) has served Contra Costa County for more than 130 years. TSA offers several programs administered for residents of the greater Contra Costa County region, focused on low income families with young children, senior citizens, and the disabled. Everything from free Christmas toys to immigration services, emergency rent or energy bill help, shelter, and free food or hot meals may be offered.
Choice in Aging - $19,400 - Choice in Aging (CiA) provides Adult Day Health Care programs for frail elders and people with disabilities in Pleasant Hill and Antioch. Additional programs include: The California Community Transitions (CCT) program that assists long-term skilled nursing patients return home but with help (including rent, supplies, and furniture); the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) that aims to keep elders and people with disabilities out of institutions; and the Prevention and Early Access for Seniors (PEAS) program that provides mental health services to seniors and people with disabilities.
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa - $15,000 - Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa is a safety-net food program serving the hungry living in Contra Costa County. For over 36 years Loaves and Fishes has provided hunger relief to individuals, families, seniors, veterans, homeless, disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities.
Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center - $50,000 - The Hume Center strives to create an environment of psychological well-being both internally for their work community and externally for the community they serve, with special consideration for the under- and un-served, through practicing an enabling consultation process. They believe in serving their community through strengthening existing and developing new resources; providing the highest caliber of culturally sensitive behavioral health services, professional training, and clinical research; and focusing on consistent improvement through outcomes, data-based quality assurance, and program evaluation. .
Monument Impact - $30,800 - Founded in 2001, Monument Impact (MI) is a Latino-led organization and a trusted partner in the community, serving nearly 5,000 predominantly Latino immigrants and refugees each year. Their mission is to ensure that immigrants, refugees and low-income residents in Concord and surrounding communities have the voice, tools and relationships necessary to have an equitable share of the social and economic wealth in our region.
Winter Nights Family Shelter & Parking Lot Program - $24,190 - Winter Nights Family Shelter is in its 16th year of providing temporary shelter to homeless families as well as access to resources and case management that provide a path into sustainable housing. Hosted by 18 faith congregations in Contra Costa County, the shelter rotates its location every two weeks from September to June and is supervised by professional staff 24/7.
Narika- $25,000 Narika was founded in 1992 to support victims of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse, especially in extremely low income immigrant communities. Embracing safety, empowerment and wellness, we address unmet needs of survivors of abuse by providing advocacy, support, information, and referrals within a culturally sensitive and linguistically diverse model.
Seneca Family of Agencies- $50,000 - Seneca is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1985 with the mission to provide unconditional care for families through the most difficult times of their lives. Since its inception as a small residential and day treatment provider, Seneca has remained committed to "doing whatever it takes" to meet the needs of families and communities. Today, the agency operates more than 150 programs in 18 counties in California and two in Washington State, which each year serve over 18,000 youth.
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County - $50,000 - St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, (SVdP), has been the "safety net of the safety net"for the underserved in Contra Costa for over 56 years, providing hope, strength and support to those dealing with poverty's challenges. They work to resolve the issues of hunger, homelessness, unemployment and suffering by providing basic human services of food, shelter, medical & dental care for the uninsured, nutrition classes, employment for those with barriers, clothing/furniture and referral to other services.
Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance- $20,000 - The Contra Costa Family Justice Center (the Center) is a warm and welcoming one-stop center for children, youth and adults affected by interpersonal violence (IPV) - domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking.
Lincoln Families- $45,700 - Founded in 1883 as the first racially integrated orphanage in Northern California, their mission remains timeless: Lincoln disrupts the cycle of poverty and trauma, empowering children and families to build strong futures. Today, Lincoln impacts more than 29,000 children and their families in the most underserved communities of the Bay Area and Contra Costa County through mental health services, educational supports, and family strengthening programs.
Center for Human Development- $15,000 - The Center for Human Development (CHD) is a community-based, nonprofit organization that offers a spectrum of services for at-risk youth, individuals, families, and disadvantaged communities in Contra Costa County. Since 1972, they have provided wellness programs and support aimed at empowering people and promoting positive growth.
Healthy & Active Before 5 - $19,500 - Healthy & Active Before 5 (HAB45) is a Contra Costa collaborative that advances health equity for children ages 0-5 and their families. HAB45 leverages cross-sector partnerships to advocate, build capacity to address the social determinants of health, and disseminate best practices for early childhood environments.
Richmond Rapid Response (R3)- $50,000 - The Richmond Rapid Response Fund (R3F) is a wraparound initiative that will meet the immediate and ongoing needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. R3F will focus on key priority areas including food and essential supplies, economic recovery and security, housing and homelessness, health and healing, education and learning, and social and legal services. Beyond this pandemic, the fund will create healing centered, racially just policies, practices, and investments for long term community transformation.
Putnam Clubhouse- $20,000 - Putnam Clubhouse is a welcoming community where adults recovering from mental illness come to rebuild their lives. Participants—called members, not patients or clients or consumers—share ownership and responsibility for the success of the organization. The underlying premise is that each member can sufficiently recover from the effects of mental illness to lead a personally satisfying and productive life.
Bay Area Crisis Nursery - $30,000 - The Bay Area Crisis Nursery was established to help prevent child abuse and neglect by providing supportive services to families. Their primary service is providing a warm, loving, homelike environment for children from birth through 5 years of age by offering 24-hour residential care. Their services are free, confidential, and voluntary.
The Latina Center- $40,000 - Established in Richmond in 1999, The Latina Center's mission is to improve the quality of life and health of the Latino community by providing leadership and personal development opportunities for all Latinas.
Trinity Center Walnut Creek- $25,000 - Trinity Center is a non-residential program serving homeless and working poor adult men and women in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County. Their day program offers emergency services Monday-Friday: breakfast/lunch, showers, laundry, clothing, food pantry, computer, mail & telephone access (now face coverings & hand sanitizer) to persons experiencing homelessness and/or living in poverty.
SparkPoint Contra Costa- $50,000 - SparkPoint’s mission is to partner with agencies to empower individuals and families to become financially sustainable and advocates for social change. Since 2011, SPCC has been providing families with a full range of free services aimed to help them get out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability.
Village Community Resource Center- $30,000 - Village Community Resource Center (VCRC), located in Brentwood, is a community anchor in far East Contra Costa County working with low-income, predominantly immigrant families. Established in 1997 by community members to address drug, gang, and violence issues, VCRC is a welcoming place where marginalized families come to build connections, feel safe accessing essential services, acquire new skills to move out of poverty, and gain voice in their community.
Homeless Action Coalition - $15,000 - Homeless Action Coalition of Martinez (HAC) was founded in 2019, as a non-profit organization to help support and connect the homeless to services that will help improve their health, dignity and living environment and provide an avenue for entry back into the working community.
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County - $24,000 - CAPC promotes the safety of children and prevents child abuse and neglect by raising awareness, influencing public policy, educating our community and providing resources/support programs to families. Partners are Contra Costa Family Justice Centers, and Contra Costa EHSDâ€™s Alliance to End Abuse.
Fred Finch Youth & Family Services - $25,000 - Founded in 1891 as an orphanage, today's Fred Finch (FF) works with almost 6,000 youth in 24 programs in 6 California counties. Services include mental health, housing, education, and independent living services, providing a pathway to healing and self-sufficiency.
NAMI Contra Costa - $35,000 - NAMI CC works directly with individuals who are impacted by mental illness providing education, advocacy, and mental wellness supports.
CocoKids - $49,600 - CocoKids' mission is to champion and advance quality childcare and early education in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities. In its 43-year-long history of serving families and communities, it has ensured the welfare, care, and early education needs of young children and their families.
West Contra Costa Public Education Fund - $25,000 - West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) mobilizes resources for students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and aligns the efforts of their partners to ensure that all students succeed in college, career, and life.
Monument Crisis Center - $25,000 - Monument Crisis Center is a critical family resource center serving Contra Costa County's extreme low-income residents. Their community-based nonprofit has assisted the at-risk community for 17 years.
Planned Parenthood Northern California - $50,000 - Planned Parenthood's mission is to generate healthier communities through the delivery of quality sexual and reproductive health care services. Their comprehensive approach to health care emphasizes accessibility, quality, affordability, and respect for the individual.
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)- $10,000 - GRIP is a muti-service non profit organization whose main mission is end homelessness and hunger.
LifeLong Medical Care - $30,000 - LifeLong is at the front-lines in addressing urgent medical and non-medical needs that impact health during the COVID-19 pandemic, with health centers in Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole and Rodeo. Services include primary care, urgent care, dental, behavioral health and social services.
STAND - $50,000 - STAND! For Families Free of Violence is a catalyst for ending the multi-generational cycle of violence, promoting safe and strong relationships, and rebuilding lives.
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa (RCC) - $25,000 - RCC provides a wide array of well-being services for LGBTQI+ individuals of all agesâ€”clinical/case management services, peer-based support groups, older adult programming, food pantry, HIV testing, DEI training, and youth programs as well as emergency housing and support for youth ages 12 to 24.
Jewish Family & Community Service (JFCS) - $25,000 - JFCS East Bay serves 6,000 Contra Costa and Alameda residents of all religions, races, and ethnicities each year. Central program areas: Immigration Legal Services, Refugee Services, Parenting & Youth Services, Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services, and new COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program.
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts - $25,000 - The Center engages youth/young adults in imagining/creating new worlds for themselves/new visions for their communities through the inspiration/discipline of rigorous training in world performance traditions, in programs in WCCUSD schools, Iron Triangle main site, community artistic productions.
Love Never Fails - $25,000 - Love Never Fails empowers all people to express and experience our best sense of humanity. We do this by restoring, educating, and protecting survivors of human trafficking and their community. We also serve other vulnerable populations in Antioch such as homeless, foster youth, and re-entry. We provide housing, workforce development, mentoring, prevention education.
White Pony Express - $50,000 - White Pony Express is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to helping eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need - with love. Through our food rescue and unique "Mobile Boutique" efforts, WPE redistributes food, toys & clothing to people in need.
Hope Non Profit Solutions - $49,500 - Hope Solutions (formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing) provides permanent housing solutions and vital support services to over 1,500 homeless and formerly homeless families, individuals and seniors in Contra Costa County.
CCHS COVID-19 Ambassadors Proactive Outreach Coordinating Body - $50,000 - The COVID-19 Ambassadors will conduct a county-wide social media campaign. Ambassador recruitment strategies will ensure that candidates from West Contra Costa, which has been disproportionately over-represented in the number of positive COVID-19 cases; and underrepresented in the number of COVID-19 tests, are given priority. Additionally, during project implementation, all COVID-19 Ambassador messages posted on social media will be geo-located throughout the County, with an emphasis on West County.