Rita Crocker Clements Foundation Gives $100K to Coronavirus Fund | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Rita Crocker Clements Foundation Gives $100K to Coronavirus Fund

In memory of its founder—a tireless philanthropist, civic leader and former First Lady of Texas—the Rita Crocker Clements Foundation has contributed $100,000 to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund.

“Rita Clements’ nearly 50-year involvement with United Way made this current crisis a natural for her foundation’s philanthropy,” said Bonnie Smith, Trustee of the Rita Crocker Clements Foundation.  “She would be pleased to support a high quality organization that is not only tackling immediate coronavirus needs, but one looking to the future to address systemic problems in our North Texas community.”

Just this week United Way announced its seventh round of grants to 18 local non-profits.

“We’re increasing access to food, shelter, healthcare and emergency financial assistance,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “And we’re planning long-term education, income and health initiatives to lead us through recovery and rebuilding. Together with our partners and donors like the Rita Crocker Clements Foundation, we’ll impact the lives of over one million North Texans. We’re so grateful to those who’ve helped make it possible.”

About the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund
The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund will address immediate needs of all North Texans—as well as longer-term challenges that will affect education, income and health outcomes across our community.

The fund will support current community impact concerns including:

  • Shortage of supplies to meet basic health and safety needs (paper goods, hand sanitizer, cleaning products and potentially food)
  • Extended closures of school, childcare, and after school programs, impacting children’s access to breakfast and lunch programs and parents’ ability to work
  • Immediate economic impact for many workers, particularly in the service, retail and travel industries

In the coming weeks, our organization will continue to work with community leaders, including the Dallas County Health Department, school districts and our service partners to identify resource and service gaps and plan for long-term recovery.