QUINCY — A fund designed to assist the community recover from economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic has received a jump-start.
The United Way of Adams County announced Friday that Knapheide Manufacturing Co. contributed $50,000 to the Adams County Together Fund.
The United Way established the relief fund last month, but renamed it the Adams County Together Fund.
Money from the fund can be used for businesses, nonprofit organizations, religious organizations and individuals.
Jim Rubottom, vice president of human resources at Knapheide, said the company knows that through the United Way it will get to people and organizations that need it.
"We would just want to say thank you to all those that are doing something to help others," he said. "Again, we're pleased that we can help this. We encourage others to help support this effort to make lives a little bit better."
Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the fund could be established quickly because of previous infrastructure that has already been established with the United Way Unmet Needs Committee, which was formed in response to the 1993 flood.
"The fund is utilizing the Unmet Needs structure to handle the casework for each sector," he said.
Moore said Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials would assist the committee in vetting businesses and making sure the businesses explored other assistance opportunities, including the federal relief package approved last week.
Jeremy Wingerter, executive director of the Adams County United Way, thanked Knapheide for its generosity.
"Throughout the year and in crisis, we have the ability to take those who want to help and give that assistance who need it most," Wingerter said.
To donate to the fund, visit unitedwayadamsco.org and click on the Adams County Together logo.
The Adams County Together task force launched last week to help coordinate response to the economic impact of the pandemic. In collaboration with the Great River Economic Development Foundation, the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce and the District, adamscountytogether.com was launched to provide information on relief assistance, grant funds and loan programs.