Boone County News Release

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Joanne Nelson
Director, Boone County Community Services Department
Phone: (573) 886-4298

CoMoHelps Seeks Additional Donations in Wake of Pandemic

July 16, 2020 – CoMoHelps is a joint effort of Boone County, City of Columbia, Community Foundation of Central Missouri, Heart of Missouri United Way, and Veterans United Foundation. CoMoHelps serves as our community’s official donations management resource in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaborative works with local nonprofits, community partners, and government agencies to quickly determine and meet the needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, this network of funders has allocated $1,066,974.30 for COVID-19 relief.

CoMoHelps is seeking additional donations to support local nonprofits since the group has received over $2.5 million in funding requests to meet rising needs in the wake of the pandemic. For more information and to make a donation, visit the CoMoHelps web site:

Boone County Community Services
The mission of Boone County Community Services is to support the greatest possible level of independence and self-sufficiency of Boone County residents by promoting their physical, mental and social well-being to cultivate a safe and healthy community. Learn more at
            Joanne Nelson
            Boone County Community Services Director
            (573) 886-4298

City of Columbia
City of Columbia staff lead mass care/human services, donations/volunteer management, and long-term recovery in our community’s emergency response operations.
            Steve Hollis
            Human Services Manager

Community Foundation of Central Missouri
The Community Foundation of Central Missouri (CFCM) inspires and nurtures philanthropy for the public good. CFCM is a full-range, one-stop, charitable giving shop offering a mix of investment and fund management services; grant guidance and support; and knowledge of the nonprofit sector. The COVID-19 Regional Relief Fund was established to provide aid to nonprofit service providers struggling with the urgent health and economic effects of the coronavirus. Grants are awarded to meet critical needs in healthcare, education, arts and culture, animal welfare, and more to help ensure wellness and economic recovery in central Missouri.
            John Baker
            Executive Director

Heart of Missouri United Way
The Heart of Missouri United Way fights to improve lives in our community.
           LaToya Stevens

Veterans United Foundation
Veterans United Foundation exists to enhance the lives of Veterans and military families and support diverse needs in our local communities and across the nation.
           Chris Cline