COVID-19 continues to touch every corner of our communities nationwide. As the pandemic evolves, so do the needs of individuals, families and local economies. Philanthropy is leading the charge to support local and global efforts to combat the challenges this pandemic has posed.
With our deep-rooted history and headquarters in Illinois, the Caterpillar Foundation is responding quickly to the local needs of our community by supporting the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund as a Founder Donor. Established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, this fund will assist communities hardest hit by this pandemic.
Raising funds from individual, corporate and foundation donors, the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund is deploying financial resources to nonprofit organizations and local community foundations to support Illinois residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household expenses, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance.
One of those nonprofit organizations is Neighborhood House, which has delivered meals to home-bound seniors and disabled adults for the past 40 years. Meals on Wheels is now the organization’s largest program, serving over 1,000 seniors a year.
Since it was established in 1896, Neighborhood House has been many things to many people. Located in the highest poverty zip code of Peoria, Neighborhood House is a strong community organization serving individuals at every stage of life.
Awarded Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) dollars will be used to expand and support the Meals on Wheels service (pictured above). The service has been expanded to include hot meal delivery for children and pantry items for households.
The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund is one of many philanthropic contributions the Caterpillar Foundation has made in response to this global health crisis. As leaders in our community, we are committed to supporting local organizations working to rebuild more sustainable and resilient communities, helping them to emerge stronger together during this unprecedented time.