Catholic Emergency Response Fund Overview
The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia is pleased to announce the recipients of the Catholic Emergency Response Fund. $242,000 was granted to 32 organizations to serve those in need throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta. These organizations are still receiving high volumes of requests for assistance due to the pandemic and these grants will make a difference for their clients.
We are very grateful to all the generous donors who contributed to the fund! Thank you for helping your neighbors in need.
The grants were determined by a special grants committee comprised of members of the Pastors Advisory Council and the Grants Committee and is chaired by Father Henry Atem, Pastor of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
Priority was given to organizations who work to alleviate food insecurity and to organizations who work provide emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities, including Catholic organizations such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic
|Food and Emergency Assistance Providers – $198,500|
Buckhead Christian Ministry, Atlanta
Catholic Charities Atlanta, Inc., Smyrna
Community Assistance Center, Atlanta
Community Helping Place, Dahlonega
Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Decatur
Faith In Serving Humanity, Inc. (FISH), Monroe
Handmaids of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Athens
Latin American Association, Atlanta
Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, Atlanta
Midtown Assistance Center, Atlanta
Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries, Inc., Norcross
NETworks Cooperative Ministry, Inc., Tucker
North Fulton Community Charities, Roswell
Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Mission, Lilburn
Sacred Heart Catholic Church – Helping Hands Society, Milledgeville
Ser Familia, Acworth
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Atlanta*
St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Cedartown
St. John Paul II Catholic Mission, Gainesville
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Decatur
The Ark United Ministry Outreach Center, Athens
Zion Hill Community Development Corporation, Atlanta
|Food Providers – $43,500|
Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta
Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga
Donavan’s Dream, Barnesville
Five Loaves & Two Fish Food Pantry, Griffin
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Athens
Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Gainesville
Golden Harvest Food Bank, Inc., Augusta
McDuffie Manna, Thomson
Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, Macon
Open Hand Atlanta, Atlanta
Please note that the organization’s city is where they are headquartered. Many of the organizations serve in multiple cities and counties.
*The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia grant will be dispersed to conferences throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Each conference is organized locally to serve the needs of its particular community.
For a PDF of the grants, please click here.
As a result of the ongoing economic repercussions of the pandemic, people in communities throughout the archdiocese continue to face unprecedented challenges. Thousands in our state are food insecure and others are losing their utilities or homes. In order to help relieve some of the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia has created the Catholic Emergency Response Fund.
What is the fund?
The fund is designed to provide food and emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities to meet the urgent needs of individuals in communities most impacted by the virus.
What types of organizations will benefit from the fund?
Non-profit organizations that are
- within the Archdiocese of Atlanta
- provide food and emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities
- in communities difficult to reach or underserved through traditional channels
- in communities most impacted by the virus
What is the Foundation’s Role?
- Seeding the fund with $100,000
- Connecting the gifts of generous donors with organizations that serve those in need through grants
- Managing all administrative work associated with the granting process, allowing organizations to focus on their important ministries
How will the fund be distributed?
A special grants committee, composed of members of the Catholic Foundation’s Grants Committee and Pastors Advisory Council will determine the non-profit organizations which will receive grants. Priority will be given to organizations:
- whose mission is to provide food and emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities, including Catholic organizations such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities
- located in areas with Catholic parishes where there are fewer resources and great need
How can I help?
Is my gift tax deductible?
Even if you do not itemize your taxes, because of the new stimulus package passed by Congress, all donations up to $300 for individuals and $600 for married couples to the Catholic Emergency Response Fund are tax-deductible.
Why is this fund important?
“Through this fund, we can come together as a Catholic community to help those who are suffering during this pandemic and economic crisis know that we care,” said Nancy Coveny, Catholic Foundation President. “As a Catholic community, we can make an impact and shine Christ’s light to the corners of our archdiocese.”
“The Catholic Foundation will be sure that the funding goes to the organizations best at serving people in our communities experiencing a financial crisis.” She added, “With so many people in need right now, it is more important than ever that those of us who can, give. Please join with us now and make a gift to the Catholic Emergency Response Fund.”
What if I have additional questions?
Contact Catholic Foundation President Nancy Coveny at firstname.lastname@example.org.