Liberty Fellowship announced five of its South Carolina fellows were awarded $35,000 from the McNulty Foundation’s Global Response Fund to support COVID-19 response efforts serving vulnerable communities.
“I am incredibly proud of our Fellows and their leadership,” said Liberty Fellowship president and CEO Ann Marie Stieritz. “Each of them make a lifelong commitment to South Carolina, and they have shown their strength and determination in their direct responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The recipients include:
- Adela Mendoza of Greenville, Hispanic Alliance executive director. She is working to support the Student Dreamers Alliance and their families to allow the students to continue their path of education, leadership development and economic mobility.
- Matthew Alexander of Charleston, OneWorld Health founder and CEO. He is converting space for an isolation ward at OneWorld’s hospital in Masindi, Uganda.
- Melanie Huggins of Columbia, Richland Library executive director. She is partnering with the Columbia Housing Authority to provide Wi-Fi hotspots in Columbia Housing community locations.
- Madeleine McGee of Sullivan’s Island, TogetherSC president and CEO. She is working to strengthen, unite and advance South Carolina’s nonprofit and philanthropic community.
- Faith Polkey of Beaufort, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services Inc. chief clinical officer. She will use the funding to purchase personal protective equipment for staff and patients, including no-touch thermometers, hand sanitizer stations, climate-controlled tents for staff working outdoors and tents for drive-up testing.
Launched in late March and created in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Global Response Fund supports AGLN Fellows around the world who are leading COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. The fund awarded a total of $550,000 to 68 projects serving communities in over 20 countries. As members of the AGLN, Liberty Fellows were eligible to apply on a rolling basis as needs evolved.