As our community continues to adapt to the daily changes and challenges resulting from the Coronavirus, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada continues to serve some of the area’s most vulnerable populations.
To support efforts like these by Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and eight other organizations across Nevada, the NV Energy Foundation is providing a $1 million donation to support Nevadans physically or financially affected by COVID-19. The other eight organizations include United Way of Southern Nevada, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierras, Three Square Food Bank, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Communities in Schools Nevada, United Labor Agency of Nevada (ULAN) and HELP of Southern Nevada.
The funding will help these organizations address the effects of COVID-19 on the community, including food insecurity, income replacement and gap funding.
“Times of uncertainty truly bring out the best in people and corporations who are committed to helping the most vulnerable,” said Marie Baxter, CEO Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada. “NV Energy Foundation’s commitment to Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada will allow us to provide emergency financial assistance to members of our community who are turning to us for help and hope.”
Working Together in Times of Crisis
With the money donated by NV Energy, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada will continue to operate and provide support through a variety of programs.
“At Catholic Charities, we are focusing on providing our essential services to those most in need during this challenging time in our community,” Baxter said. "We are in regular contact with representatives from Washoe County and the City of Reno, and as long as we can safely and efficiently provide services to those in our underserved populations, we will do so."
One of the programs Catholic Charities provides at this time is access to emergency funding.
"Access to emergency funding of even $100 or $200 can mean the difference between making your rent and not making your rent,” Baxter said. “People in need turn to Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada every day, and we are continuing to provide assistance. We couldn’t do the work we do without the support of partners like NV Energy and its Foundation.”
The NV Energy Foundation donation came as a direct response to the immediate impacts of the Coronavirus on Nevada.
"Our community is experiencing unprecedented health and financial effects as a result of COVID-19," said Doug Cannon, NV Energy President and Chief Executive Officer. "We want our customers, who are also our fellow Nevadans, to know that we are here for them. Not only can they count on us to maintain safe, reliable electric and gas service during this difficult time in their lives, but our NV Energy Foundation is also providing $1 million to Nevada nonprofit organizations for expanded energy assistance and to help meet the ongoing needs of our communities."
Like CCNN, other organizations applauded NV Energy’s actions.
“As a longtime partner of United Way, we are grateful for NV Energy as they step up during this time to bring needed funds into our local community through our Emergency Assistance and Crisis Fund," said Michael Brazier, United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierras CEO and President.
Programs Make Adjustments
At the same time, to prioritize the safety and well-being of CCNN’s clients, staff and volunteers, the organization has made some adjustments to some programs, including:
St. Vincent’s Dining Room: To reduce person-to-person exposure, CCNN is continuing its boxed meal preparation and distribution to homeless and vulnerable populations. Clients are asked to practice social distancing for the safety of all.
- St. Vincent’s Food Pantry: The St. Vincent’s Food Pantry is open and offers food pick-up via monitored self-serve tables. New applications for assistance are being processed.
- Resource Hub: While The Resource Hub is also closed to walk-in clients, calls are being routed to case managers and social workers who are helping via phone. Anyone who needs assistance should call 775-322-7073 ext. 330.
- Donations of food: CCNN will continue to pick up unprepared and prepared food donated by local restaurants and casinos for use in the St. Vincent’s Dining Room and our residential programs.
- Donations of money: CCNN is accepting monetary donations through its website to support the increased need through this ever-changing time. If you are able to help the community in this way, please visit https://ccsnn.org/pages/donate.
As this is an evolving situation, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada will provide updates as available. For the most up to date information, visit ccsnn.org.