COVID-19 Relief Fund has Immediate Impact

After receiving over $65,000 in donations to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, initial $5,000 checks were immediately sent to our new agency partners to be distributed to individuals in need. These partners include Family and Children’s Center of Winona, Hiawatha Valley Mental Health (HVMHC), Home and Community Options and Project FINE. Erik Sievers of HVMHC shared that in just one week, they had distributed funds to one family and four individuals. If it weren’t for these funds, these individuals would have stopped receiving necessary therapy through HVMHC because they could not afford phone minutes and other necessities.

While the Winona Community Foundation does not provide direct program services, it partners with direct program providers to provide financial resources to individuals in an emergency. Established partners receiving funds from our Emergency Assistance Fund include the Advocacy Center of Winona, Bluff Country Family Services in Hokah, Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota (prescription assistance only), Hometown Resources in St. Charles, St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Wabasha, Semcac in Winona, Houston and Fillmore Counties, and Winona Volunteer Services.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund also has the flexibility to fund key areas such as how to support the homeless population during a time where there is a “shelter in place” order and recently over $5,000 was used to help ten individuals for this purpose.

Any remaining funds in the COVID-19 Relief fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations working to reestablish operations post pandemic. Contributions to the fund can be made at any time online here or by  or by mail, 111 Riverfront, Ste 2E, Winona, MN, 55987.

Pictured here is Erik Sievers, Executive Director of Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center, and Nancy Brown, President of the Winona Community Foundation. 


Thank you to our donors!

  • Alex Tipton
  • Dunn Blacktop (ALM Holding Company)
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Cheryl Hartert
  • Dahl Family Foundation
  • Daniel and Jino Stoner
  • David and Brenda Terpstra
  • Dean and Linda Wendler
  • Matthew and Laurie Broghammer
  • Elizabeth Motz
  • Ellen Smith
  • Florinus Kooyman
  • Gabrielle Kremer
  • Gillette Pepsi Companies Inc.
  • Gregory Lossen and Rebecca Lossen
  • H Vernon and Lauren Leighton
  • Hannah Degallier
  • Hayley Hornberg
  • Anonymous Fund at WCF
  • Tom and Annmarie Family Fund of WCF
  • Papenfuss Family Fund of WCF
  • Anonymous Fund at WCF
  • James and Barbara Allaire Family Fund of WCF
  • Gerry Cichanowski Fund of WCF
  • Janet Rompa
  • Jennifer Anderson
  • Jim and Shannon Hanzel
  • Joan Francioni and Ann Robinson
  • Kathy and Greg Peterson
  • Katie Briggs
  • Laurie Lucas
  • Lonnie and Toni Meinke
  • Margaret Lambert
  • Mary Schott
  • Matthew Peterson
  • Merchants Bank
  • Michael and Debbie Ellefson
  • Beth Herber
  • Nancy Kay and William Peterson
  • Owen and Jane Warneke
  • Patricia Przybylski
  • Rick and Debbie Christenson
  • Robert and Bonnie Grant
  • Robert and Paula Shaw
  • Robert and Susan Loken
  • Rosemary Broughton
  • Sharon Mansur
  • Sheila Collom
  • Steve and Ann Blue
  • Thomas and Pamela Cordes
  • Thomas Van Der Linden and Jean Silberman
  • Vicki Englich
  • William Guidera

Donor list as of 04/20/2020