The Humana Foundation has granted $500,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation charitable fund responding to the COVID-19 outbreak—the largest gift ever to BRAF’s Emergency Relief Fund.
Soon after the pandemic struck Baton Rouge, BRAF established the Emergency Relief Fund and raised about $334,000 from businesses and the public.
So far, BRAF has granted nearly $180,000 from the fund to organizations responding to immediate needs, such as feeding children and people who have lost their jobs, caring for a growing homeless population, and paying for technology that lets families see and talk to their loved ones who are isolated in COVID-19 wards. Grants have also paid for testing and other medical equipment in an effort to contain the pandemic.
The Humana Foundation’s gift is part of its recent announcement to commit $50 million to coronavirus relief and recovery efforts to a select group of organizations supporting essential workers, food security, behavioral health and local communities.
“The Humana Foundation understands the far-reaching strain the pandemic has placed on many organizations working on the frontlines to provide healthcare, food and employment for those disproportionality affected by the COVID-19 health crisis,” says CEO Walter D. Woods in a prepared statement, “and our aim is to remove barriers and help them respond, recover and rebuild.”
Woods says the Humana Foundation hopes the $500,000 commitment will not only help provide crisis relief, but also serve as a catalyst in building sustainable, long-term community resilience.