COVID-19 Community Support Fund Grants

Report to the Community: 2020

HELPING COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

The Community Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Central New York, Allyn Family Foundation, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County, established a COVID-19 Community Support Fund to support nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

AccessCNY $28,900 Connect those with disabilities and/or a mental health diagnosis to vital services through remote technology
ACR Health $16,000 Purchase technology to continue support services remotely and ramp up food pantry offerings due to increased demand
Advocates $6,540 Implement a telehealth solution to continue critical health services for people with disabilities
Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter $3,200 Offer virtual care consultations, referral meetings, support groups and education programs to dementia patients and their caregivers
ARC of Onondaga $50,665 Purchase telehealth, PPE and cleaning equipment for residential programs, clinical supports, community habilitation and virtual services
ARISE $24,000 Upgrade phone system to allow for reliable telehealth services
Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen $5,000 Distribute emergency food parcels and to-go meals to families in need
Auxiliary at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center $5,000 Provide personal hygiene supplies, food and clothing to individuals in need
Baldwinsville Meals on Wheels $3,500 Purchase food for distribution to accommodate doubling of demand
Bea GONZÁLEZ Summer Fellows Program $150,000 Funding provided to PEACE, Inc., RISE, Southwest Community Center and Building Men program to fill the gap of summer youth employment programs
Bellegrove Missionary Baptist Church $6,500 Stock and maintain a food pantry to assist individuals and families in need of emergency food, toiletries and other basic needs
Catholic Charities $25,000 Help people in need purchase food, cleaning supplies and hygiene items and assist with unexpected household expenses
Cancer Connects $6,400 Provide safe transportation for immune-compromised adult cancer patients to access treatment or physician visits
Center for Community Alternatives $20,340 Provide food and basic supplies for residents of Freedom Commons Academy and participants of the Recovery Community and Outreach Center; provide remote employment and reentry services
Center for Court Innovation $6,750 Help clients stay connected virtually to attorneys, probation officers, mental health treatment providers and other services
Centers of St. Camillus $50,779 Implement remote access to maintain business continuity and convert two floors of its West Wing for dedicated COVID-19 care
CNY Diaper Bank $25,000 Distribute diapers to families, which are not otherwise covered by government safety net programs
Chadwick Residence $5,196 Purchase health and safety supplies for residents of its supportive housing program for women and their children; purchase technology to meet with women in crisis remotely
Clear Path for Veterans $8,000 Provide emergency food delivery services as well as other critical services such as financial and career counseling to Veterans and their families
CNY Ronald McDonald House Charities $12,000 Provide emergency relief support for its Meals that Heal program; purchase supplies to welcome back guest families safely
Consortium for Children’s Services $3,000 Offer remote parenting education classes for families with children
Contact Community Services Amount Description
Name Amount Description
Name Amount Description
Name $19,590 Maintain a central triage line for individuals in crisis and concerned parties to divert unnecessary hospital visits
Delta Torch Foundation $15,000 Purchase and distribute feminine hygiene products and laundry detergent to young women and girls in Syracuse
Determination Center $19,500 Purchase laptops for youth to complete their remote schoolwork; provide child care and food to children of essential healthcare workers
DeWitt Food Pantry $2,500 Meet increasing demand for emergency food distribution
Early Childhood Alliance $8,000 Deliver early learning and developmental tool kits to families to prevent learning loss while schools and daycare centers are closed
Fight for Hearts $3,810 Offer fitness and wellness live programming to teens through Boys & Girls Clubs and Syracuse Parks & Rec
First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville (Eastern Farm Workers Association) $4,000 Expand emergency food service for low-income workers to include hygiene and sanitary supplies delivered through no-contact deliveries
Food Bank of Central New York $57,420 Increase emergency food response
Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society $13,517 Purchase barriers, shields, air purifiers and cleaning supplies for meeting with clients safely
Good Life Youth Foundation $35,000 Provide food, hygiene supplies, clothing and life coaching to youth living in homelessness or poverty
Hillside Children’s Center $2,000 Outfit staff with PPE for use during 4-week summer programming
Home HeadQuarters $30,000 Assist homeowners without discretionary income in making emergency home repairs
Humanitarian Organization for Multicultural Experiences (H.O.M.E.) $5,000 Provide telehealth habilitation services and purchase health and safety supplies for staff providing face-to-face services
Huntington Family Centers (Syracuse Community Center Collaborative) $50,000 Provide food pantry and diaper bank services at four neighborhood community centers
InterFaith Works $45,725 Provide personal items, sanitizing products and food to families; implement safety protocols for visitors and purchase technology for staff to work remotely
Interreligious Food Consortium $2,000 Serve as a resource for food items as emergency food providers and social service agencies respond to high demand
It Takes a Village for All $10,000 Purchase educational supplies to continue grade-school learning with students who have been removed from school and displaced
Le Moyne College $5,000 Offer emergency financial aid quickly and efficiently to Le Moyne students experiencing significant economic disruption
LiteracyCNY $21,000 Offer basic literacy and English instruction to adults remotely over the summer months
Loretto $36,000 Provide basic needs — food, child care assistance, family essentials and transportation — to frontline healthcare workers
Matthew 25 Farm  $15,000 Grow more produce to help stock food pantries and soup kitchens with fresh fruits and vegetables
McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center $12,050 Purchase remote technology to continue child trafficking advocacy services for families and youth
Meals on Wheels of Eastern Onondaga County $3,500 Upgrade technology to meet rapid increase in demand for services
Meals on Wheels of Syracuse $4,840 Assist employees with technology to work from home and rent refrigerated storage to meet increased meal demand
Mercy Works $120,000 Provide weekend groceries to Syracuse families whose children qualify for school breakfast and lunch on weekdays; offer pop-up food pantries
Ministries of Victory Temple $3,000 Serve home-cooked meals to community members
New American Forum $7,500 Connect refugee families with basic essentials and native-language best practices to remain healthy
New Justice Conflict Resolution Services $3,500 Install plastic shielding for face-to-face custody and visitation mediations
North Side Learning Center $50,500 Provide basic food items and multilingual outreach to advise refugee families on current restrictions, social distancing practices and community resources
North Syracuse Christian Church Food Pantry $2,000 Prepare additional food packages to meet increased need
Olivet Community Development Institute $5,000 Provide food and essential items to at least 200 families
Onondaga Community College $5,000 Connect students with technology necessary to finish coursework and assist them with other emergency needs
PEACE, Inc. $8,650 Deliver food, toiletries, and emergency supplies to clients lacking transportation and food access
PGR Foundation $4,250 Make and distribute washable fabric face masks to families with children living in public housing and temporary shelters
Public Broadcasting Council of CNY (WCNY) $10,000 Broadcast the TV Classroom Network, which offers Pre-K to 12th grade instruction in key academic subject areas, as well as health, physical fitness, and music
Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) $18,765 Provide 24/7 hotline assistance and purchase equipment for virtual case management to connect limited English proficient families to accurate public health information and social services
Rescue Mission Alliance  $50,000 House men living in homelessness and dealing with physical and mental health challenges at its Crossroads Adult Home
Road to Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse $7,500 Meet increased demand for meal service and food pantry distribution
Robert & Marjorie Jones Community Benefit Organization $5,400 Deliver food and basic necessities and provide access to mental health professionals
Samaritan Center $5,000 Install protection and technology equipment to continue delivering case management services safely
Sarah’s Guest House $2,000 Purchase food staples and cleaning supplies for guests who are patients receiving urgent and necessary medical care
Salvation Army-Syracuse Area Services $40,000 Provide basic needs to teenagers and their babies housed at its Transitional Apartments and Parenting Center as well as deliver food, health and cleaning supplies to families
Sleep in Heavenly Peace $5,000 Retrofit build stations with Plexiglass shields to safely construct beds for children in need
Special Olympics New York $1,000 Purchase PPE for coaches and athletes participating in in-person sports training
St. Joseph’s Health Care Coordination Network $5,000 Deliver food to patients’ homes
St. Lucy’s Food Pantry $3,000 Distribute emergency food packages to families in need
Street Addiction Institute $7,500 Feed families through bi-weekly home deliveries
Syracuse Alliance Church $2,500 Connect families with nutritional meals and essential hygiene supplies
Syracuse Jewish Family Service $5,000 Meet increased demand for Kosher Meals on Wheels and purchase technology to provide virtual counseling and group cognitive and emotional support discussions
Syracuse Tenants Union $9,000 Educate tenants who live in areas of high poverty and COVID-19 infection about the eviction moratorium
Tucker Missionary Baptist Church $13,500 Provide food to Southside neighborhood families in need
Vera House $41,500 Use remote counseling technology and maintain emergency shelter to meet a higher need due to stay-at-home restrictions, which can lead to being trapped in violent conditions
Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County $35,000 Purchase safety equipment and remote technology for client meetings
University United Methodist Church $6,000 Distribute food through its Emergency Food Box and To-Go Breakfast programs
Upstate Foundation $12,800 Educate farm operations on best practices in prevention, screening, and responding to COVID-19 symptoms within their farm workforce
We Rise Above the Streets $2,000 Distribute food and basic hygiene items to families in financial hardship and those living in homelessness
YMCA of Central New York $18,561 Safely continue housing and child care assistance to those in need

 

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