Barrington photographer, Janette Tepas is joining efforts to localize the national Front Porch Photo movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families across the country are having their photos taken in front of their homes to reconnect with communities, remember this unprecedented time in history and support local photographers & causes.
Janette says she chose to offer front porch photos in exchange for donations to the Barrington Area COVID Response Fund (BACRF) or another charity of your choosing. The BACRF is a community initiative by the Barrington Area United Way in partnership with the Barrington Area Community Foundation, which approved a special $100,000 challenge grant that will match donations made to the fund, dollar for dollar.
Janette Tepas recently moved to the Village of Barrington. A Certified International Tour Manager and travel photographer, Janette says her business has slowed significantly due to travel restrictions during the COVID crisis. She’s offering Front Porch Photo Sessions in exchange for donations to the Barrington Area COVID Response Fund and says, for her, it’s a match that simply makes sense. “With my work I like to mark beautiful places and moments in history. This is going to be a big part of the history of Barrington so I’m thinking of it that way. I chose to support the Barrington Area United Way because they’re doing good work, they’ve been around for a long time and I trust them.”
According to the Barrington Area United Way, the need for food security has DOUBLED in our region. Food pantries are seeing twice the number of families and there has been a sharp need for such services as The Community Meal, Meals with Wheels and Blessings in a Backpack. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Community Health Coordinator and Healthier Barrington Coalition leader, Keeley Gallaugher says the need is significant. “There is a substantial increase in those who are food insecure, including those who are food insecure for the first time in their lives,” Gallaugher says.
The Barrington Area COVID Response Fund will support local nonprofits providing urgent resources to individuals and families disproportionately impacted by the COVID virus. The fund will also support not-for-profit organizations that are experiencing financial hardship or providing increased support services to individuals and families not qualified for coverage by other avenues.
Qualified agencies are asked to complete an online application located on the Barrington Area United Way website as their needs arise. The Barrington Area COVID Response Fund Allocations Committee will review the applications, make grant recommendations and, with the approval of the Response Fund Steering Committee, will deploy funds on an ongoing basis. The applications deadlines for the first three rounds of funding are on April 30, May 15 and June 15, 2020. Grants will be distributed within 7-10 days after application deadlines. Future distribution dates will be posted at BAUW.org. Response will be coordinated through key partners in the Barrington non-profit community.
Since its founding in 1999, BACF has granted over $2.5 million in the form of over 350 grants to 100 different Barrington area NFP through its own annual grant cycle. Learn more at www.barringtonareacommunityfoundation.org.
BAUW has been serving the community for 65 years and has allocated over $15 million to agency programs providing the most critical health and human services to our residents. For more information, visit the BAUW website at www.bauw.org.
The Healthier Barrington Coalition is a membership of 25 NPF and governmental organizations that meet regularly to promote and improve the mental and physical health of those in the Barrington area. HBC surveys the community about every 3 years. Click here For the most recent report and a list of Healthier Barrington Coalition members.
For more information about the Barrington Area COVID Response fund, visit BAUW.org.