The Dwight D. Eisenhower Society will be gifting $4,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Recovery Fund, the Adams County Community Foundation announced today. Individual members of the Eisenhower Society have contributed an additional $4,000.
The Community Foundation is tracking the shifting needs created by the pandemic and related economic downturn in order to deploy grants from the Fund to provide operating and program support to a broad range of nonprofits in Adams County. The Community Foundation also recently announced its first round of grant awards from the COVID-19 Fund, totaling $72,687 to 10 organizations.
The COVID-19 Fund was seeded with $100,000 from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowment and a $50,000 gift from The Forward Fund. Contributions from individuals and service organizations like the Eisenhower Society expand the amount available for grants.
While the cause is different from the Society’s historic mission, Eisenhower Society Vice-Chair Dr. Walton Jones said that the idea of supporting the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund comes from President Eisenhower’s experience during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, where he described the Spanish Flu as an invisible enemy.
“102 years later we thought that contributing to this Fund at the Community Foundation would be a fitting way to honor Ike’s feelings of responsibility and compassion,” Jones said. “We are demonstrating, too, that the citizens of Gettysburg of 2020 equal those of 1918 in kindness and sympathy.”
In an open letter published October 12, 1918 in the Star & Sentinel, Eisenhower thanked the citizens of Gettysburg. “On behalf of the officers and men of Camp Colt, as well as their relatives and friends, I wish to express to you our sincere appreciation of your timely assistance during the recent, regrettable epidemic,” Eisenhower wrote. “It is gratifying to note the spirit of co-operation which has prevailed everywhere, and I am sure your kindness and sympathy will ever remain a bright spot in the memories of those who have suffered bereavement.”More information about the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund is available on the website of the Adams County Community Foundation at adamscountycf.org. Secure online donations may be made via the Donate Now button, selecting the COVID-19 Fund. Guidelines and deadlines for applying for a grant from the COVID-19 Fund are on the Grants and Scholarships page. For a list of grants awarded, visit the Newsroom.