We are Ready to Help!
April 3, 2020—The Boca Grande Woman’s Club announced this week it will establish a $250,000 Emergency Relief Fund to provide immediate relief for the economic hardships incurred due to the shuttering of businesses and all economic and social activity in order to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
“Funds will be available to individuals and families as well as small business owners, employees, and independent contractors working primarily on Boca Grande to meet immediate needs such a rent payments, utility bills, car payments, or personal food and medical needs,” stated Club President Vicky Winterer. “The Woman’s Club is in a strong position to provide assistance to those who will suffer during this difficult time.”
The Woman’s Club has established a task force of community leaders to review the requests and funds will be allocated upon receipt of a short statement of need. Statements may be submitted to a member of the task force, mailed to the BGWC Emergency Relief Fund, P.O. Box 65, Boca Grande, Florida 33921 or emailed to email@example.com.
All requests for funding will remain confidential. Members of the task force were selected based on their historical and broad knowledge of the local business and residential community. Serving on the task force will be Rev. Jerome Carosella, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church; Dr. Raymond James, Boca Grande Health Clinic; Mary O’Bannon, a past president of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club, community leader and year-round resident; Bayne Stevenson, past chairman of many community organizations and Emily Wise, owner of Hudson’s grocery store.
Donations to the Emergency Relief Fund may be sent to BGWC, P.O. Box 65, Boca Grande, Florida 33921 or via the Club’s website at bocagrandewomansclub.org. Please mark donations “For Emergency Relief Fund”. All donations are tax deductible. All support will be greatly appreciated.
“It is not possible to know how long we will be in our present situation,” said President Winterer. “The Woman’s Club wants the people who provide invaluable services to our community to know we are here, ready to help.”
The announcement was made in conjunction with the annual awarding of grants to various organizations on the island through the BGWC Community Grant Program. Some requests for funding were delayed until the fall to help meet this more immediate need. The Woman’s Club Executive Board also approved nearly $350,000 in funding for scholarships and community grants at their meeting in March.
APRIL 8, 2020–Update. The Task Force for the BGWC Emergency Relief Fund met this week to review nearly 50 requests from individuals and local businesses that are suffering from immediate economic hardships due to the closing of so many businesses and services. There are many critical financial needs at this time and the Woman’s Club is grateful that it is able to support those in need on the island.
This website has further information as well as links for businesses seeking assistance through the CARE, PPP, and EIDL Federal programs. The website also contains an application form (Request For Funding) for individuals seeking financial assistance. People who have lost employment on Boca Grande because of the shuttering of business during this time of COVID-19 sheltering are encouraged to complete the application and submit it to the Task Force.
The Womans’ Club established the Relief Fund on April 3, committing $250,000 to the cause. During the past week, a number of generous donors made anonymous gifts to create a Matching Challenge Grant of $125,000. The donors are requesting their funds be matched 1:1, which could add an additional $250,000 to help those in our community, bringing the total funds available to $500,000. All gifts received from now until May 1, 2020 are eligible to be matched. Tax deductible gifts should be made to the Boca Grande Woman’s Club and marked “Relief Fund.” Donations should be mailed to P.O. Box 65, Boca Grande, Florida 33921 or made online via PayPal by clicking the Donate button below.
Deadline for funding requests: May 1, 2020.