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United Way Hands Out First Checks From Coronavirus Fund

Tom Flanigan
The Tallahassee headquarters of Second Harvest of the Big Bend

In March, the United Way of the Big Bend set up a special fund to help regional non-profit agencies during the COVID-19 crisis. The first checks from that fund were handed out on Thursday, April 30.
Monique Ellsworth who heads Second Harvest of the Big Bend received the larger of the two initial checks.

"The dollars here today - $25,000 - will pay for 100,000 meals being served locally in our community," she exlaimed, brandishing a giant ceremonial check.

Five-thousand dollars went to Elder Care Services of the Big Bend. Handing out the checks was United Way of the Big Bend President and CEO Berneice Cox.

"It was nice delivering good news! We get a lot of bad news every day about COVID-19," she remarked.

More good news in the form of more checks will soon be in the hands of a dozen more agencies in Leon and surrounding counties. Cox said a second phase of funding can happen if the community financial support continues.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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