Liberty Diversified International and the Mike & Linda Fiterman Family Foundation Issue Coronavirus Challenge to Support Mental Health with Community Health Charities

LDI responds to COVID-19 outbreak by providing financial resources for mental health.

Today, Community Health Charities (CHC) announced a generous donation of $85,000 from The Mike & Linda Fiterman Family Foundation and Liberty Diversified International (LDI) to support increasing mental health needs around COVID-19. Mike Fiterman is the chairman of the LDI board and grandson of the company’s founder.

In honor of Mental Health Month this May, CHC will use LDI’s gift to provide immediate mini grants to local NAMI organizations in all the markets where LDI employees live and work. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, and a long-time CHC partner. Before the global coronavirus pandemic, one in five Americans lived with a mental health condition. Now, these unprecedented times are causing an increase in mental health challenges, including social isolation, anxiety, depression, and more. The remaining funds will be used to provide long-term mental health and community support.

“Giving back and paying it forward has always been part of our company’s culture,” said Ann Miller, great-granddaughter of the company’s founder and LDI Workplace Effectiveness Business Partner. “We’re proud to partner with Community Health Charities to lift up mental health and encourage others to join us.”

LDI is challenging other companies to step up and give as much as they can during #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, and throughout the month of May, whether corporate gifts and grants, special employee giving opportunities, cause marketing or another creative option.

LDI has been a committed supporter of mental health, tying it into last year’s annual workplace giving campaign. In 2018, LDI celebrated 100 years in business with a “Great Gratitude Tour,” lighting the torch for the next 100 years of doing good, making lives better, and giving back to communities with partners like CHC.

Anyone needing mental health support can contact the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264, or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling. For more health resources during coronavirus, please visit https://healthcharities.org/coronavirus-resources/.

About LDI and Mike & Linda Fiterman Family Foundation
The Mike & Linda Fiterman Family Foundation honors LDI’s values of caring, innovation, trust and excellence to support the causes closest to its employees. Liberty Diversified International is a $700 million privately held family of businesses with more than 1,900 employees operating in the following industries: paper and packaging; furnishings and organization products for the office; and building and architectural products. With roots in the corrugated fiberboard business, the company, founded in 1918, is headquartered in the Minneapolis suburb of New Hope, MN, and has 20 facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. To learn more, visit http://www.libertydiversified.com.

About Community Health Charities
For more than 65 years, Community Health Charities (CHC) has been creating stronger, healthier communities. We build capacity for nonprofits by raising awareness, amplifying their message, and driving more funds and supporters to their cause; increase employee engagement and social impact for companies through giving, volunteering, health resources, engagement tools, community partnerships, and more; bring leaders together at the national, regional, and local levels to educate, elevate key issues, and improve overall social impact and community health; build community partnerships to harness collective efforts and coalitions; working together to tackle projects that improve community health and address root causes at scale. Visit https://healthcharities.org or @healthcharities.

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