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Spread the Word: A Responsive Resource for Your Community - Now
Amid this new normal, we take solace in being alone together - in the resiliency of our communities, even when we are apart. Whether you are here with us now or always in spirit, we thank you for supporting the place you love and every being in it. (Photo: Erika Bailey)
Dear Friends,

As we continue to adjust to what life looks like in this “new normal,” we are awestruck by your continued generosity and willingness to go the distance for your communities - with grace and humor along the way . The collective spirit of the Adirondacks is stronger than ever, with more and more people stepping up to lend a hand every day

In just three weeks, the Special and Urgent Needs (SUN) Fund for COVID-19 response has deployed over $273,000 in grants to 40+ organizations in areas such as access to food, childcare for essential workers, assistance with heating, mental health, and critical information management. These grants have sparked both joy and gratitude among recipients:

  • “Thank you for the trust you have placed in us to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. We will honor that trust and are sincerely grateful to you for such a generous grant right at the time when we need it most.”
  • “You have no idea how much this is going to help us.”
  • “These resources will make such a tremendous difference for some of our most vulnerable patients.”
It’s critical that we keep this momentum going - but we need your continued support and help. We want every nonprofit, school, and community in the region to know that the SUN Fund is accessible and here to help. You can help by spreading the word about this community resource. 

Now is the time to channel our resiliency like never before - for our friends, neighbors, and the future of our communities. Please consider making a donation to the SUN Fund to continue to make that happen. And if you know of an organization working to address the social, emotional or economic impacts of COVID-19 to help our most vulnerable neighbors, share this link and encourage them to apply for immediate assistance - a rapid response team reviews applications daily and issues grant checks two times per week.
The impact of COVID-19 upon Adirondack communities has been dramatic, with many workers suffering from rounds of layoffs as people adhere to stay-at-home mandates, tourists cancel reservations, and employers lose their income streams. Complicating the growing economic distress in our region is our rural landscape, with its limited broadband access and remote towns, amplifying the distances people need to travel to traverse child care, food, and healthcare deserts. 
We hope that you and your families are continuing to stay healthy and safe and send our deepest thanks to those working on the forefront of this epidemic to keep systems flowing and our communities functioning, even at diminished capacities - from our local healthcare heroes and grocery workers, to the janitors, waste management workers, and everyone in between.  

With deep gratitude,
Cali Brooks
President & and CEO
SUN FUND COVID-19 response supporters/partners include Adirondack Energy, Adirondack Foundation, Boquet Foundation, Champlain National Bank, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, United Way of the Adirondack Region, and many other generous donors. 
SUN Fund COVID-19 Response Grants
With SUN Fund grant assistance, Northwood School has already created over 600 3D printed face shields for local healthcare heroes at Adirondack Health and other providers across the region. (Photo: Adirondack Health )
As of this Wednesday and since March 27, the SUN Fund and other funds at the Foundation have granted $596,015 to organizations across Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties to help with COVID-19 response efforts. In partnership with Cloudsplitter Foundation , the United Way of the Adirondack Region , and others, we are proud to provide rapid response philanthropic dollars when our communities need it the most. The list of SUN Fund recipients grows by the week. Here's the latest update:

  • Adirondack Adult Center | Support for home delivered meals for seniors in Tupper Lake 
  • Adirondack Council/Essex Farm Institute | Local Food for local health now
  • Adirondack Health | Financial assistance to frontline healthcare workers caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection to help with emergency housing costs, transportation, general staff/family relief, and child care
  • Adirondack North Country Association partnership with Hub on the Hill | Mobile market and emergency food package delivery to meet economic and health objectives to reduce COVID-19 transmission, provide nutritious food to vulnerable families, and employ essential workers
  • AdkAction | Implementing a prototype for emergency food packages to get fresh, local food to residents with limited food access
  • Blue Mountain Center | "Hamilton Helps Project," a mutual aid initiative partnership with county agencies, nonprofits and community members  
  • Burpee Brook Creative Learning | Child care during medical appointments and gardening for children during quarantine 
  • Caldwell Presbyterian Church | Food Pantry & emergency funds support for Lake George
  • Catholic Community / Town of Moriah Food Pantry | Operating support and food assistance
  • Champlain Children’s Learning Center | Essential funding for child care services for parents working on the frontlines or mandated to work from home and in need of high-quality services
  • Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country | Essential supplies for families and child care providers 
  • Clinton County Employment and Training Administration | Support services for at-risk youth 
  • Clifton Fine Central School | Food Backpack Pantry 
  • Community, Work & Independence, Inc. | Personal protective equipment and related supplies
  • Essex County Industrial Development Agency | Small Business and Nonprofit Recovery Grants
  • Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake | Emergency heating assistance for families struggling to make ends meet but do not qualify for federal or state heating assistance programs
  • Hamilton County NOC | Food Security
  • Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation | Medical resources so vulnerable patients may self-monitor at home
  • Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties | “Ultra rural” food pantry assistance to help families living in poverty or out of work
  • Keene Emergency Medical Services | COVID-19 response
  • Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company | COVID-19 response
  • Lake Placid Central School | Fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cleaning supply, and basic household needs assistance for families whose main source of income has been disrupted or lost
  • Little Peaks | Operating support for the preschool program to continue to provide innovative curriculum and activities through Zoom while families and children are staying at home
  • Kids R Us | Continuing to provide child care for essential workers
  • Mental Health Association of Franklin County | Helping to meet basic needs for the most vulnerable residents through food and other types of assistance
  • North Country Public Radio | COVID-19 radio response to keep the public informed about timely public health alerts and connections to resources
  • North Country Radio/Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation | COVID-19 daily reports on two radio stations
  • Northwood School | 3D Printing Face Shields for Doctors, Nurses, first responders, and other medical personnel
  • Regional Food Bank | Operations support due to increased demand
  • St. Andre Bessette Roman Catholic Parish | Good Samaritan Food Pantry
  • Salvation Army (regional) | Economic rental and utility assistance for low-income individuals and families, including seniors and people with disabilities 
  • Salvation Army (Plattsburgh) | Essential emergency services 
  • Saranac Lake Central School | Essential child care assistance and family needs for people struggling to pay bills, put food on the table, or purchase personal hygiene products
  • Saranac Lake Central School | Toward the purchase of food for the school food pantry
  • Schroon Lake Central School | Self-care and household supplies for families in need
  • Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County | Essential food support for seniors 
  • Southern Adirondack Child Care Network | Small Tales Day Care during COVID-19
  • The Open Door Mission | Hunger relief
  • Ticonderoga Central School | Home delivery of meals to help upwards of 600 students and their families continue to have access to food while the school is temporarily closed
  • Town of Indian Lake | Senior Food Security Preparedness
  • Town of Wilmington | "Community Cares Committee"
  • Tupper Lake Central School District | Child Nutrition Initiative
  • Village of Tupper Lake | Assistance for electricity costs for low-income individuals 
  • YMCA of Plattsburgh/Malone | Child care services for parents who are working essential jobs and do not have access to care (support from Adirondack for Kids and Special + Urgent Needs funds)
Taxpayer Incentives to Bolster Philanthropy
Much of the attention on the CARES Act has been on business loans and stimulus funds. Did you know this emergency act also provides incentives for charitable giving? 
Scholarships Available
The work of the Foundation continues, with grantmaking and scholarships that enhance the lives of people in the Adirondacks. Two scholarship opportunities are currently open. If you or someone you know may qualify, please encourange them to apply now! 

  • Alfred M. Aseel Legacy Scholarship | This scholarship is available to non-traditional students from Tupper Lake attending North Country Community College, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Canton or Clinton Community College. The scholarship will support one student wishing to pursue an educational experience that allows them to “re-invent” themselves and their future. The online application is due May 15, 2020.
  • Dr. U.R. Plante Medical Scholarship | For residents of either the Adirondack Park, St. Lawrence, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton or Clinton county of New York State, or who have lived in one of these locations for at least two years. Must be accepted by an accredited Medical School in the U.S. or Canada. Must be willing to return to the North Country to practice for two years, or in another remote part of the U.S. or another country where doctors are needed. The online application is due May 15, 2020.
Reasons to Support Local Nonprofits
While Adirondack Foundation and its partners have been responsive to critical needs like access to food and child care, we have also been convening local nonprofits through virtual meetings. Through the Adirondack Nonprofit Network , we’ve been supporting each other in the face of uncertainty, asking questions about when it might be appropriate to ask for donations again, and wondering what a lost summer season will mean to our bottom lines if it comes to that. We encourage people to continue to support the nonprofits that make our communities whole. They could use a boost of confidence right about now, just like we all can. 
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