COVID-19 Community Response Fund

United Way of Marquette County has collaborated with the Community Foundation of Marquette County to establish the COVID-19 Community Response fund for people to donate to help meet immediate needs in the community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund supports nonprofits and charitable causes who are serving vulnerable populations during this time. 

Phase one applications are now closed, but if your organization has an immediate/emergency need, please get in touch with our office directly:  Basic and immediate short-term needs for non-profits and grassroots charitable causes are the focus of phase one. The goal of this phase is to assist those who are providing basic necessities such as food, shelter, household supplies and basic medical supplies (face masks, PPE) for vulnerable populations and essential workers. 

Phase two – Applications are now closed. Organizational support for nonprofits. The goal of this phase is to provide flexibility for grantees to address current internal organizational needs. Grant examples include operating expenses, program assistance, loss of revenue from canceled events/closing doors, staff time/positions, etc.

Phase three: This phase looks towards establishing an endowed community response fund to address emergency needs in the future. How can we, as a Community Foundation, be best prepared to respond to future disasters – such as a second wave of the virus – to respond immediately? We are taking lessons learned during the pandemic to be able to respond quickly and effectively when our community is in need. Please check back for details.


(Last updated December 1, 2020)  Thank you to the many individual and corporate donors who have stepped up to support our community during this unprecedented time. The committee has approved 55 phase one grants totaling over $78,000.


Grants Distributed from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund:

Trillium Hospice House– Tpurchase thermometers, probe covers and additional sanitizing supplies.

Propylon Nonprofit Housing– To purchase sanitizer, cleaning and household products and pre-made meals for 17 residents. 

Lutheran Social Services – To purchase groceries, cleaning and household supplies for adults and families in the Welcome Home program.

Partridge Creek Farm To purchase coils of aluminum to manufacture nose pieces for face masks being sewn by volunteers. 

Salvation Army– To purchase supplies and food to continue serving food to those in need. 

Room at the Inn Homeless Shelter– To purchase groceriescleaning and medical supplies for shelter guests while in residence at Lakeview Arena. 

Negaunee Senior Citizens Center– To purchase food to deliver 100 meals per week for six weeks to senior citizens who can no longer access the Center. 

Messiah Lutheran Church– To support the Community Assistance Fund that provides housing, transportation, utility, and medical needs to the community. 

Queens Heart of Marquette –To purchase paper products and cleaning supplies to provide to agencies supporting low-income residents.

906 Community Church– To assist families in Gwinn and K.I. Sawyer with rent, utilities and educational supplies.

Marquette Area Public Schools– To purchase a 3D printer for Bothwell School’s Makerspace to produce PPE for Marquette County

Superior Housing Solutions– To purchase food and supplies for residents. 

Travel Marquette, Hotels for Hero’s– To support reduced rate hotel rooms for front line workers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters– To assist families with basic needs including food and technology. 

Ripple Effect NMU – To purchase personal care items for students who utilize the NMU Food Pantry. 

St. Anthony Church– To purchase food to facilitate free meals being provided twice weekly to Sawyer residents.

Teaching Family Homes – To purchase surgical masks and gloves for youth and staff. 

The New Free Store– To purchase cleaning and hygiene supplies for families. 

Masks for Marquette– To purchase elastic, fabric and thread for volunteers to sew masks, surgical caps, respirator covers, intubation masks and gowns for front line workers and facilities. 

Care Clinic– To purchase groceries, gas cards, diapers and wipes for young families. 

Doulas of Marquette– To support “A Healthy Start – Preparing for Birth and Postpartum in the Time of COVID-19” program, offered free of charge for up to 200 couples/individuals. 

Feed the Frontline– To support meal purchases from local businesses to feed front line workers. 

Great Lakes Recovery– To purchase additional personal protective equipment in the Adult Residential Services facility. 

Synergy Fitness – To purchase tablets to distribute to skilled nursing facilities, allowing residents to stay in touch with loved ones.  

Gwinn Area Community Schools – To support and expand food options for breakfast and lunch for area families.

Hope Free Lutheran Church – To purchase food to prepare and distribute to at risk populations.

Community Action Alger Marquette – To purchase face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer & stands for staff.

Silver Creek Church – To purchase hand sanitizer, tissue packets and soap to distribute to children and families at the drive-thru Neighborhood Block Party backpack distribution in August.

Feeding America West Michigan – To purchase and distribute food to local food pantries, including St. Vincent de Paul pantries, Marquette (also serves Gwinn), Negaunee, Ishpeming, and Republic; Salvation Army pantry in Marquette; NMU Food Pantry in Marquette; Hope Free Lutheran pantry in Ishpeming; and Paw Packs Backpack program in Gwinn.

Start the Cycle – To cover increased costs of purchasing bikes for at-risk youth participating in the program.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Marquette District – To purchase sneeze shields and masks for staff and volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores in Marquette and Gwinn.

Beacon House – To purchase PPE and safety supplies for reopening.

Forsyth Senior Center – To purchase a computer for participating in virtual meetings and assisting seniors with electronic communication.

UP Children’s Therapy – To support therapy services for children.

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum – To purchase PPE supplies for reopening.

NTN Noquemanon Trail Network – To purchase PPE for volunteers, cleaning supplies and equipment.

Republic-Michigamme Schools – To purchase a sanitizing machine.

U.P. Children’s Museum – To purchase a sanitizing machine.

Janzen House – To purchase food and supplies.

NICE Community Schools – To purchase a sanitizing machine.

Ishpeming Public Schools – to purchase converters for water fountains.

Gwinn Area Community Schools – to purchase PPE and additional school supplies.

Marquette County Aging Services – to purchase technology for clients to communicate with loved ones.

Little Brothers — Friends of the Elderly – to purchase technology to communicate with volunteers serving clients remotely.

YMCA of Marquette County – to purchase cleaning supplies and PPE.

Marquette Area Public Schools – to purchase chairs for an outdoor learning environment.

Superiorland Kiwanis –  to support the 2020 Christmas Dinner following current health and safety guidelines.

City of Marquette Marquette Senior Center – to purchase PPE for clients.

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice –  to purchase PPE for staff and residents.

Cedar Tree Institute –  to provide essential mental health support for frontline workers.

Lake Superior Community Partnership – to support the Love on Local Gift Bag program for frontline workers.

Marquette County has always been committed to coming together in supporting each other during times of crisis and ensuring those who struggle financially and economically are supported in every way possible. Working together, we will continue to survive and thrive.