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Local organizations create emergency COVID-19 fund

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County partnered with local organizations this week to create an emergency community fund for those affected by the coronavirus.

The fund, started Friday night, has already raised more than $100,000, according to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County President Michael Johnson.

"With the number of people that we anticipate that’s going to be impacted by this virus, we wanted to respond quickly to make sure that children, families and individuals who are in need get the support that they deserve," he said at a press conference Saturday.

Johnson said the money will be allocated to serve five purposes:

  1. Medical supplies to those impacted by the virus
  2. Meals for kids affected by school closures
  3. Funds for local shelters
  4. Temporary housing and meals for college students
  5. Meals, transportation and medical assistance for senior citizens

UW School of Business Assistant Dean and BGCDC Board Chair Leslie Petty said providing access to necessary resources is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs' mission.

“It’s really about what we can do especially when it is a time of crisis -- and this is a time of crisis," she said.

Their goal is to raise at least $250,000 within the next week. You can contribute to the fund on their website.