Marillac Mission Fund's Response to COVID-19

April 27, 2020

In this time of concern and uncertainty regarding COVID-19, the board and staff at the Marillac Mission Fund (MMF) are keeping our grantees and the communities they serve on the forefront of our minds and efforts. Your work matters now more than ever, and it is critical we support your efforts to protect communities most at risk, advocate for policy change, and prepare for unanticipated effects of this pandemic.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, MMF is taking the following actions:

  • Helping to launch the Immigrant Family Emergency Response Fund, a collaborative effort that provides immediate economic support and financial solidarity to immigrant families who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

  • Participating in the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, a coordinated philanthropic response to help nonprofits affected by the virus.

  • Promoting quality food access by connecting local farmers with area nonprofits and funding weekly deliveries of freshly prepared meals from a local nonprofit commercial kitchen, HOSCO SHIFT, to 300 vulnerable older adults in East St. Louis, Illinois.   Also supported Wellston Center's food pantry.

  • Contributing to PrepareSTL, Community Life Line, and Join Hands ESL's efforts to distribute free, reusable masks to low-income communities in the Metro East as well as Catholic Urban Programs' social distancing and safety for shelter clients.

  • Streamlining the grants process and responding promptly to evolving conditions.

    • Providing flexibility with grant programs or events that must be adapted, canceled, or postponed (grants will not be rescinded).

    • Pre-approving all FY2020 grant extension requests.

We, like many of you, will be working remotely until further notice; however, we can be reached by email and we will reply to voice messages left on our office voicemail. 

These are anxious, trying times. So much is at stake. So much feels unknown. We are inspired but not surprised by the many ways community members are rising to help one another. May our foundation similarly rise to meet what this occasion requires of us.

Thank you for your continued support and care of our community’s most vulnerable.

We want to share with you COVID-19 resources you might find helpful: 

STL Regional Response Dashboard

WePowerSTL COVID Resources

Alive & Wells' Trauma resource


Local Food Access- Known & Grown