COVID-19 Community Response Fund

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While we are all dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our neighbors face disproportionate challenges due to unexpected time off from work, unplanned child or health care expenses and lack of access to adequate food and shelter. A coalition of community partners is banding together to give support to those who need it most. The Central New York Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the Allyn Foundation and United Way of Central New York, 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. The fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits whose operations support vulnerable populations stressed by the outbreak. The Community Foundation will seed the fund with a contribution from its own funds and encourages individuals, institutions, companies and other funders to donate as well. The Community Foundation will administer grants from the fund in partnership with United Way of Central New York, the Allyn Foundation and in close collaboration with the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Together they will identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on immediate needs from community advisors and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. Donations may be made online at or by contacting Thomas Griffith, vice president, development at (315) 422-9538 or Eligibility criteria and the application process for nonprofits requesting funding are still under development. Organizations can visit for more information.


Grant Recipients

(Updated daily, visit for the most accurate list)

ACR Health - $16,000 Purchase technology to continue support services remotely and ramp up food pantry offerings due to increased demand AccessCNY - $28,900 Connect those with disabilities and/or a mental health diagnosis to vital services through remote technology 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 ARISE - $24,000 Upgrade phone system to allow for reliable telehealth services Assumption Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen - $5,000 Distribute emergency food parcels and to-go meals to families in need 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

Centers of St. Camillus - $10,625 Implement remote access to maintain business continuity and to protect the safety of St. Camillus' high-risk residents CNY Diaper Bank - $10,000 Increase distribution of diapers, which are not covered by government safety net programs, to families in need

Chadwick Residence - $1,000 Purchase health and safety supplies for residents of its supportive housing program for women and their children

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 in Onondaga County CNY Ronald McDonald House Charities - $2,900 Emergency relief support for its Meals that Heal program, which provides meals to families with sick children

Consortium for Children’s Services - $3,000 Offer remote parenting education classes for families with children Determination Center - $4,500 Purchase laptops for youth to complete their remote schoolwork DeWitt Food Pantry - $2,500 Meet increasing demand for emergency food distribution 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

Home HeadQuarters - $10,000 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 - $18,440 Provide essential personal items and sanitizing products to elderly residents, distribute donated milk to local families and provide remote mental health services Loretto - $36,000 Provide basic needs – food, childcare assistance, family essentials and transportation – to frontline healthcare workers

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 - $20,000 Provide weekend groceries to Southside families that qualify for the school breakfast and lunch program on weekdays

New American Forum - $7,500 Connect refugee families with basic essentials and native-language best practices to remain healthy North Side Learning Center - $22,500 Provide basic food items to families staying home and multi-lingual outreach to advise refugee families on current restrictions, social distancing practices and community resources

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, toiletry, and emergency supplies to clients lacking transportation and food access Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) - $7,286 Provide 24/7 hotline assistance and scale up its case management to connect limited English proficient families to accurate public health information and social services

Rescue Mission Alliance - $50,000 House homeless men 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 St. Lucy’s Food Pantry - $3,000 Distribute emergency food packages to families in need Sarah’s Guest House - $2,000 Purchase staple food 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 homeless teenagers and their babies housed at its Transitional Apartments and Parenting Center as well as deliver food, health and cleaning supplies to high-risk families in the community Syracuse Jewish Family Service - $5,000 Meet increased demand for Kosher Meals on Wheels and purchase technology to provide audio and video counseling as well as virtual group cognitive and emotional support discussions Tucker Missionary Baptist Church - $6,500 Provide food to Southside neighborhood families in need Vera House - $11,500 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 YMCA of Central New York - $18,561 Safely continue housing and childcare assistance to those in need

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