Randolph, MA — Helping to meet a dire and growing need for financial assistance among families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Envision Bank is contributing $10,000 to the Resilient Randolph Fund, established by community leaders and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
“Randolph has seen a 30% rate of unemployment and many more living paycheck to paycheck,” said Randolph Town Manager Brian Howard. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so do the community’s inspiring efforts to ease the burdens of our most vulnerable neighbors. Many have generously donated money, diapers, food, supplies, and volunteer time. We are grateful to Envision Bank for being the first business in Randolph to join our town-wide, collaborative effort by making a gift to the Resilient Randolph Fund.”
The Resilient Randolph Fund was established to rapidly disburse funds to vendors on behalf of Randolph residents who urgently need assistance with rent/mortgage payments, food, and other basic needs. United Way donated $20,000 to seed the fundraising effort, but those funds have already been exhausted and there are still 40 outstanding requests for assistance.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis, there has never been a more urgent time than now for each of us to step up and do our part to support our communities. We’re pleased to help address food and shelter needs for those who reside in the town that we call home,” said Envision Bank President and CEO Bill Parent.
Priority is given to those who are most economically vulnerable to this crisis. All donations are being collected by United Way and distributed by South Shore Stars and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, established local nonprofit organizations with a track record of administering assistance funds.
“The economic impact of COVID-19 on families will be with us over the weeks and months to come,” said Michael K. Durkin, president and CEO at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “We are particularly concerned about the sunset of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium at the end of July and the expected increase in requests for rental or mortgage assistance. Together, we can do more than any of us can alone and Envision Bank has stepped up as a critical partner in this effort to help families meet their basic needs.”
Additional supporters of the Resilient Randolph Fund include the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. All gifts to the Resilient Randolph Fund are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds (net credit card fees) will go to individuals seeking assistance via nonprofits already working in our community. Donations can be made by credit card or through a donor advised fund online or by sending a check to United Way of Massachusetts Bay, P.O. Box 412866, Boston, MA. 02241-2866. Please make checks out to United Way of Massachusetts Bay and include “Resilient Randolph Fund” in the memo of the check.
For more information on how to donate or how to receive financial help, please visit https://unitedwaymassbay.org/covid-19/local-funds/randolph/. For questions please contact email@example.com. If you need immediate help, please contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline or visit mass211.org for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus. You may also visit our Randolph-Specific Resource Guide at https://bit.ly/RandolphResources.