$10,000 grant helps LC Catholic Charities make the transition to a new way of doing things during pandemic
“It’s been…a year.”
That’s how Mark Robinson, executive director of Livingston County Catholic Charities, sums up 2020.
The agency provides a variety of social services in the community, primarily for underserved people who are elderly, low income, disabled or addicted. The services are available to all. “We don’t serve people because they are Catholic,” explained Robinson. “But because we are Catholic.”
In March, faced with the prospect of plummeting income, Robinson feared he would have to let go many of the 50 employees, including therapists who provide LCCC’s most vital services.
And then came the email from the Community Foundation for Livingston County, offering Catholic Charities $10,000 to use in any way to help them get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Rick Scofield, Foundation Chairman of the Board, the Community Foundation knew in early spring that its focus for 2020 must be to assist with emerging community needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Livingston County Catholic Charities was one of seven county organization to receive a total of $75,000 in “rapid response” grants.
The unexpected grant helped the agency transition to new ways of doing things, such as tele-health services and remote workplaces.
“The Community Foundation for Livingston County is a group of people who know this community, invest in this community and use available resources in the wisest possible way,” said Robinson, reacting to the grant monies.
In April and May, LCCC received more help as donors provided unexpected—and generous—support.
“It took the pressure off,” he said. With the Community Foundation grant, community generosity and dollars from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, Catholic Charities kept their employees and most of their clients and services.
Capping off 2020, the Detroit Free Press named Livingston County Catholic Charities a Top Workplace in Michigan, and GuideStar, which reviews charities nationally, gave LCCC its highest level Platinum Seal of Transparency.
According to Chairman Scofield, “We are fortunate to have had so many contributors over the years to build the Community Foundation for Livingston County. That allowed us to be in a position to provide much-needed financial help to organizations like Livingston County Catholic Charities that could not have predicted this crisis.”
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