Press Release Covid-19 Relief Fund

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THOSE
EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS DUE TO COVID-19

APRIL 15, 2020, Austin, TX – In response to the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the economy of
Greater Austin, and specifically those who’ve lost jobs and income, the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN)
announced today the launch of its COVID-19 Relief Fund. The purpose of the fund to raise support for
individuals and families in need of emergency funds to cover costs associated with food and gas as well as
other essential items as additional funds are raised.

“Through our survivor hotline and prayer hotline, we’re hearing from people who are experiencing fear and
anxiety caused by lost jobs and income. Families are truly struggling,” Daniel Geraci, Executive Director of
ADRN, said. “While our network of churches and volunteers are responding to the emotional and spiritual needs
of those impacted, we’re asking Austinites to support their neighbors by making a financial contribution to our
COVID-19 Relief Fund.”

Funds raised through ADRN’s COVID-19 Relief Fund are intended to help those who have lost their job
and are unable to make ends meet.

According to a presentation by the Austin City Council last week, Austin stands to see 261,275 potential
job losses, with the consumer and hospitality sectors hit first and hardest by the virus.

“Our goal is to help cover the most basic needs of those impacted – like food and gas – so they can
focus on covering rent and bills,” Geraci said. “We also aim to restore hope through this fund. So often,
when you contribute to someone’s financial relief, you end up alleviating fear and anxiety they may be
experiencing too.”

Donations to the fund can be made at https://donate.adrn.org/covidrelief.