San Diego Leaders Launch COVID-19 Community Response Fund to Address San Diegans’ Growing Needs Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

Fund Focuses on food security, rental and utility assistance, income replacement or gap funding  
$1.3 million seeded to the fund by San Diego Gas & Electric and The San Diego Foundation.  
Make Donations to: SDFoundation.org/COVID19 

March 16, 2020 – San Diego, CA – A coalition of regional partners, including San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), The San Diego Foundation, United Way of San Diego County and San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, have joined together to create the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.  

As of today’s launch, the fund is seeded with $1.3 million, including $1 million from SDG&E and $300,000 from The San Diego Foundation. The fund will rapidly deploy flexible resources into the community to support programs and organizations addressing the effects of the coronavirus outbreak across San Diego County. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to donate via SDFoundation.org/COVID19.  

Hosted and administered by The San Diego Foundation, the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.  

Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security, rental and utility assistance, and income replacement or gap funding.  

“In San Diego, we care about one another,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Subcommittee and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. “We stand together and step up to help in times of great need. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors impacted by this ongoing health crisis.” 

“The outbreak of COVID-19 is straining our local communities and concerning for San Diegans with serious health concerns, lack of access to basic resources, and long-term economic challenges,” shared Mark A. Stuart, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The San Diego COVID-19 Response Fund will quickly distribute funds to critical needs in the region, especially for our most vulnerable residents.”  

“As members of the community, all of us at SDG&E are privileged and proud to serve the residents of the San Diego region and help in any way we can during these challenging times,” said SDG&E President Scott Drury. “That’s why it’s so important to us that we contribute to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support impacted workers and families who may face hardships because of this pandemic.” 

The coalition is closely collaborating with local government, health agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners to identify regional needs and assess potential grant recipients. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will complement the work of public health officials and expand nonprofit capacity as efficiently as possible.  

One hundred percent of donations to the San Diego COVID-19 Response Fund will go toward nonprofits helping San Diegans impacted by the coronavirus. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the coronavirus outbreak and its recovery phases. 

To donate to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, please visit SDFoundation.org/COVID19.  

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About Supervisor Nathan Fletcher 

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher represents the Fourth Supervisorial District of San Diego County. He is leading the County of San Diego’s response to novel coronavirus as Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee. Supervisor Fletcher is working daily with the County’s Chief Administrative Officer, Public Health officials and a cross-departmental emergency operations team to protect public health, reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread to residents and respond to the constantly changing dynamic of this global pandemic. For more information and to learn about the County’s response visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.     

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.2 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

About SDG&E 

SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by currently providing around 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information, visit SDGEnews.com

About United Way of San Diego County 

For 99 years, United Way of San Diego County has disrupted cycles of poverty by developing long-term solutions for children and families. United Way plays a unique role in the San Diego community, bringing people and resources together to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. Developing regional partnerships around effective practices, the organization makes measurable, significant change in the education and success of children from cradle to career and helps families have the support needed to ensure that success. United Way focuses on educational milestones, such as kindergarten readiness, third-grade literacy, high school preparation, and college and career pathways. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to get involved by donating and volunteering. 

About the San Diego And Imperial Counties Labor Council 

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council represents more than 136 affiliated labor groups within San Diego and Imperial Counties with a membership of more than 200,000 local working families.  The council represents nurses, teachers, firefighters, service workers, construction tradesmen & women, zoo employees, and workers from a broad array of sectors and professions.  

Contacts 

Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056, justin@sdfoundation.org  

James Canning, Office of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, 619-372-7988, james.canning@sdcounty.ca.gov