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Viewpoint: CenDel Foundation fund helps Kent Co. businesses in need

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Judi Pflaumer

DOVER– The CenDel Foundation launched a new fund dedicated to assisting Kent County nonprofits and local businesses in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Last year, the CenDel Community Response Fund offered $15,000 in grants to organizations in central Delaware that were aiding those struggling during the pandemic.

CenDel’s mission is to increase philanthropic giving in central Delaware, improving the lives of those living in Kent County. As thousands of Delawareans continue to lose their jobs, struggle to find new jobs, and maintain financial stability, that mission has never been more important.

According to Judi Pflaumer, Vice President of the Foundation’s all-volunteer Board of Directors, “We know there is a critical need for funding across the county during this difficult time. Our goal is to provide local nonprofits and businesses with as much help as possible. During this crisis, we’re here for the community.”

CenDel staff presenting a grant to Harry Louie’s Dry Cleaning. | PHOTO COURTESY OF CENDEL

Grant funding supports those that provide vital services to Kent County’s children, seniors and/or low-income residents. These services include, but are not limited to, food and nutrition, medical care, housing, assistance to pay bills, and educational help for students learning from home.

CenDel’s Community Response Fund was created in 2020 to provide critical support during a time of crisis and make a lasting impact on societal needs in central Delaware. As our community continues to face hardships, CenDel believes it is important to continue supporting those organizations that are making a difference. After seeing the impact of this grant, CenDel created the Community Impact Committee, seeking to leave the same legacy as our donors and promote our mission of improving lives.

The CenDel Foundation is committed to helping generous people transform the community through charitable giving. Since 2008, the Foundation has distributed more than $3 million in grants and funding to a variety of organizations in central Delaware.  For more information and ways to donate, please call 302.724.7538 or visit cendelfoundation.org.

Judi Pflaumer is the president of the CenDel Board of Directors.

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