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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Local Agencies Lead Charitable Efforts For COVID-19 Relief

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Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky President Nancy Grayson

Local charitable funds and foundations are working to generate money to provide supplemental relief to individuals and organizations as our region, like the rest of the world, responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati joined some of the region's largest corporate entities like Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third, Kroger and Scripps to activate a regional response to assist with food insecurity, housing and shelter, medical response, and care for children and seniors.

The Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky also launched a new fund to raise at least $4 million to provide flexible financial assistance to nonprofits serving Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Half of that goal has already been achieved through support from the Butler Foundation, the R.C. Durr Foundation and corporate partners.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to talk about the efforts are United Way of Greater Cincinnati President and CEO Moir Weir, Greater Cincinnati Foundation President & CEO Ellen Katz, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky President Nancy Grayson.

Note: Weir and Grayson will speak to Cincinnati Edition in separate conversations.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.