Community Impact

Community Impact

The Relief Fund’s most recent activation in March 2020 was in response to the devastating financial challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic caused by the cascading effects of lost jobs and wages. The financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic not only dramatically amplified existing challenges for people in need, but many families also found themselves struggling for the first time in their lives. This created unprecedented demands on area nonprofits who required additional support to effectively serve those in crisis.

Fortunately, the community rose to the challenge with foundations, corporations, individuals and the City of Jacksonville donating a total of $5.5 million to the Relief Fund between mid-March and mid-September. Thanks to the generosity of local foundations covering overhead costs, 100 percent of donations were utilized to provide flexible resources to 112 nonprofits in Duval, Clay, Baker, St. Johns, Nassau and Putnam counties that provided safety-net services to those who needed them most. Click here to download the full impact report. Here are a few important ways those dollars positively impacted the community:

  • 408,477 individuals and 88,441 households received support
  • The majority of dollars helped with mortgage and rent payments, food assistance and utility bills for individuals and families affected by COVID-19

Since the First Coast Relief Fund is designed only for immediate response needs, it is no longer accepting donations. As intended, the Relief Fund retained a balance of approximately $240,000 so it is poised to respond immediately during the next crisis.

However, if you are still interested in helping to address long-term needs caused by COVID-19, many Relief Fund partners have created ongoing assistance opportunities. Contact The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Jewish Federation & Foundation for Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida or United Way of St. Johns County for more information on how you can still support Northeast Florida’s road to recovery.

COVID-19 Relief By The Numbers



Below are the 112 organizations who received funding through the First Coast Relief Fund for COVID-19 from March to August 2020.

GranteeNeed(s) FundedArea(s) Serviced
Ability HousingFinancial AssistanceDuval
Abundant Life Community CenterFoodClay, Duval
American Red Cross Northeast FloridaFinancial AssistanceBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Ascension St. Vincent's Healthcare FoundationMedicalBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Barnabas CenterFood, Financial AssistanceNassau
BASCAFinancial AssistanceClay
Beaches Council on Aging Inc. Food Duval, St. Johns
BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry)Financial AssistanceDuval, St. Johns
Betty Griffin CenterHousing/ShelterSt. Johns
Bridge the Gap, Inc.FoodDuval
Catholic Charities (Jacksonville)Financial Assistance, FoodBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau
Catholic Charities (St. Augustine)Financial Assistance, FoodPutnam, St. Johns
Center for Sustainable Agricultural Excellence and Conservation Financial AssistanceClay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Changing HomelessnessFood, Housing/Shelter, Medical, TechnologyClay, Duval, Nassau
City Rescue MissionFood, Housing/Shelter, Financial Assistance, TechnologyDuval
Clara White MissionHousing/ShelterDuval
Clay Behavioral Health Center, Inc.MedicalClay
Clay County Education FoundationFood Clay
Clay County Habitat for Humanity Financial AssistanceClay
COJ, Military Affairs & Veterans DepartmentFinancial AssistanceDuval
Community Rehabilitation CenterFoodDuval
Council of County Veterans County PresidentsFinancial AssistanceDuval
Daily MannaFood Duval
Deermeadows Baptist Church Inc.FoodDuval
Delores Barr Weaver Policy CenterTechnology, FoodDuval
Downtown Ecumenical Services CouncilFinancial AssistanceBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns
Downtown Vision Alliance, Inc.Housing/ShelterDuval
ElderSourceFood, Financial Assistance, TechnologyBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of St Johns County, Inc. Housing/ShelterSt. Johns
Encouraging Relief CenterFoodDuval
EPIC Community Services, Inc. (dba EPIC Behavioral Healthcare) TechnologySt. Johns
Epic Cure Inc.Food Putnam, St. Johns
Episcopal Children's ServicesFoodBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau
Family First Solution CDCFoodDuval
Family Promise of JacksonvilleFinancial AssistanceDuval
Family Support Services of Northeast FloridaFood, Financial Assistance, Child CareDuval
Farm ShareFinancial AssistanceBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Feed the Need of Putnam County Inc.Food Putnam
Feeding Northeast FloridaFoodBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
First Coast Chapter Blessings in a BackpackFoodDuval
Five S.T.A.R. Veterans Center, Inc. Housing/Shelter, FoodDuval
God's House of SolomonFoodDuval
Grace and Truth CDCFinancial AssistanceDuval
Greater Jacksonville Area USO Council, Inc.FoodDuval, Nassau
Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns CountyFinancial AssistanceSt. Johns
Hart Felt MinistriesFood Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns
Historic Eastside Community Development CorporationFoodDuval
Hope 4 VeteransFoodSt. Johns
Hope HavenChild CareBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Horn of Salvation Ministries Inc.FoodClay, Duval, St. Johns
Hugs Across the CountyFood St. Johns
Hunger FightFoodBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Iglesia de la Ciudad/City ChurchFoodClay, Duval
Impact Clay, Inc.FoodClay
Inman Methodist Food Pantry and Fellowship, Inc.FoodDuval
Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Inc. Financial AssistanceDuval
Jewish Community AllianceChild CareDuval
Jewish Family & Community ServicesFinancial Assistance, FoodDuval, Nassau, St. Johns
Kids First of Florida, Inc.Financial AssistanceClay
Kim's Open DoorFoodDuval
L'Arche JacksonvilleMedicalDuval
Lee Conlee House Inc.Food Putnam
LISC JacksonvilleFinancial AssistanceDuval
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, Inc.FoodDuval
Mercy Support Services Inc.Financial AssistanceClay
Ministerio Renacer Inc.FoodClay, Duval, Nassau
Mission HouseFinancial Assistance, FoodDuval
Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church MedicalDuval
Nassau County Council on AgingFood Nassau
North Florida School of Special EducationMedicalDuval
Northeast Florida Healthy Start CoalitionFoodBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns
Northeast Florida Women Veterans Inc.Financial Assistance, FoodBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns
Northeast Florida Young LifeFoodClay, Duval
Northside Coalition of Jacksonville Inc.Financial AssistanceDuval
Northwest Jacksonville CDCFinancial AssistanceDuval
Operation New HopeTechnology, Housing/ShelterDuval
Pace Center for GirlsMedicalClay, Duval, St. Johns
Palatka Christian Service CenterFinancial AssistancePutnam
Pie in the Sky Community Alliance, Inc.FoodSt. Johns
Pine Castle Inc.Financial AssistanceClay, Duval, Nassau
Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast Inc., DBA Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida MedicalDuval
Presbyterian Social MinistriesTechnologyDuval
Putnam County Bread of Life, Inc.FoodPutnam
Putnam Habitat for HumanityFinancial AssistancePutnam
Quigley HouseFinancial AssistanceClay
Renewing Dignity Inc.FoodBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Revitalize Arlington, Inc.FoodDuval
Safe Future FoundationFoodDuval
Salvation Army Northeast Florida Area CommandFood, Financial Assistance, Housing/ShelterClay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Solution Association for EnrichmentFinancial AssistanceDuval
St. Augustine Youth Services, Inc. FoodPutnam, St. Johns
St. Francis HouseHousing/ShelterSt. Johns
St. Mary's Episcopal Church and Outreach MissionFood, Financial AssistanceClay, Duval, Nassau
Starting Point Behavioral HealthcareTechnology, MedicalNassau
SulzbacherHousing/Shelter, FoodDuval
The ARC of St. Johns CountyMedicalSt. Johns
The First Coast Leadership FoundationFinancial Assistance, FoodDuval
The Way Free Medical Clinic, Inc.Medical, TechnologyClay
Three Grains of Rice Missions, Inc. FoodDuval, St. Johns
TNT mentoringFoodDuval
Tom Coughlin Jay FundFinancial AssistanceBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Trinity Rescue MissionHousing/ShelterDuval
UCOM UrbanServ. Inc.FoodDuval
UF Health JacksonvilleTechnologyClay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns
Veterans Council of St. Johns County Inc.Financial AssistanceSt. Johns
Vision Is PricelessTechnologyDuval
Volunteers in Medicine Inc.MedicalBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
West Jax Outreach, Inc. dba Community Health OutreachFood Duval
YMCAChild CareDuval, St. Johns
Yoga 4 ChangeTechnologyClay, Duval, St. Johns
Youth Crisis CenterTechnologyBaker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns
We CareTechnologyDuval