At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Piqua Community Foundation created the Piqua Emergency Response Fund to support nonprofit organizations serving the unique needs of the Piqua community in the midst of the outbreak and its implications.

The Foundation committed $50,000 from its unrestricted monies toward the fund at that time, and later added an additional $30,000. Individuals, businesses and nonprofits also contributed $14,800 the fund, expanding the breadth and depth of its reach.

“We understand that our nonprofit community is serving the immediate health care, financial and human services needs created by this outbreak and are poised to support the organizations on the frontline of the response,” said Steve Staley, president of The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors, at the launch of the fund.

As of December 7, 2020, the full grant fund has been exhausted by offering the following grant awards to organizations serving the community through the pandemic.

Piqua Emergency Response Fund distributions in 2020 include:

  • Bethany Center – Food bank distributions
  • Brukner Nature Center – Trailer for trail maintenance
  • Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley – Direct food, supply and utility assistance
  • The Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic School – Water fountains with bottle fill and cleaning supplies
  • Child Care Choices – Sanitizing products for child care programs
  • Council on Rural Service Programs, Inc. – Textbooks to support remote learning
  • Friends of MainStreet Piqua – Piqua Community Farmers Market safety gear
  • Greene Street Daycare and Preschool – Portable hand-washing stations
  • Health Partners Free Clinic – Hardware and software upgrades for telehealth delivery
  • Health Partners Free Clinic – Piqua clinic site operations for free flu vaccines
  • Lehman Catholic High School – Computers to assist with remote learning
  • Miami County Dental Clinic – Personal protective equipment for emergency care
  • Piqua Area Chamber Foundation – Signage for businesses deemed safe to reenter and website detailing businesses’ safety measures
  • Piqua Catholic School – Water fountains with bottle fill
  • Piqua Catholic School– Disposable cups/reusable water bottles, masks, cleaner and floor cushions for students
  • Piqua City Schools – Springcreek Primary– Yoga mats for active learning
  • Piqua Compassion Network – Direct utility, food and job-hunting assistance
  • Piqua Compassion Network/Piqua ReUnited! – Summer activity and hygiene bags
  • Piqua High School/Lehman Catholic High School – Graduating senior gifts
  • Piqua Parents as Teachers– Family craft activity bags
  • Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development – Replacement flooring for classroom for students with special needs
  • Salvation Army – Direct rent, fuel, utility and prescription assistance
  • YWCA Piqua –Meal preparation for Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County clients

The Foundation will continue to monitor local needs as pandemic response continues. For more information, please contact Executive Director Michelle Perry at michelle@piquacommunityfoundation.org or 937.615.9080.