On March 13, 2020, the Chenango United Way opened a COVID-19 Response Fund after a few community members asked if we would be willing to take donations in response to the pandemic beginning to affect local families. We had no idea at that time how many community members would be affected or how tremendously generous our donors would be.
As of July 7, 2020, we have raised
$85,651 for Chenango County COVID-19 relief and response and have allocated
$71,590 of those funds to local needs directly related to the pandemic.
o $6,000 to Roots & Wings at Catholic Charities for the purchase of shelf stable food to make up boxes of food to be delivered to those who are homebound or quarantined
o $12,000 to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Taste N See Soup Kitchen in Oxford to deliver hot meals to quarantined and homebound families in Norwich, Oxford and Bainbridge (partnering with Catholic Charities to do the transport/delivery on this project)
o $2,300 to Afton Inter-Church Council to assist the Afton school with delivering food to students
o $3,400 to Children’s Home Wyoming Conference to assist the Norwich Program at Broad Street Methodist Church with feeding their youth participants and families through the end of the school year
o $3,000 to the Morrisville Foundation to assist with the May and June dairy distribution to needy families
o $2,115 to CV Free Church and Helping Hands Norwich to help with the May mass food distribution
o $1,500 to the Norwich Family YMCA to assist with meals for their summer daycare program
o $5,000 to the Norwich PTCT backpack program to provide summer feeding to at-risk students in need in Norwich.
o $5,000 to Unadilla Valley Schools to assist with the summer feeding program
Rent/Utilities/Prescription & Basic Household Needs
o $5,000 to Roots & Wings at Catholic Charities to assist furloughed/unemployed families struggling with rent and utility payments
o $369.72 in volunteer mileage reimbursements for those assisting with home delivery of food boxes, diapers and personal hygiene/cleaning items
o $2,000 to the Rural Health Network/Get There Connected for outreach/marketing to Chenango County families for transportation to obtain food and prescription assistance
o $5,000 to purchase diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent and dish soap for families in need (through a partnership with the CVS Health Foundation)
o $416.35 to the Pennysaver to advertise the United Way Familywize Drug Prescription Program for families struggling with prescription costs
Mental/Emotional Health Needs
o $500 to The Place to assist with purchasing supplies for a relaxation/de-stress mental health area for children in their childcare program
o $2,850 to HALOS to create COVID bags for families with children dealing with grief and anxiety related to the pandemic
o $3,000 to the Family Enrichment Network to create “quiet bins” for all 75 daycare providers in Chenango County. These bins will be used to address the stress and anxiety children are facing related to the pandemic.
Long Term Economic Impact of COVID-19
o $2,500 to the CV Free Church to offer discounted financial literacy courses to individuals struggling with the economic impact of COVID 19
o $2,500 to the Chenango Micro Loan Project to assist with start-up funds for this no-interest revolving loan fund for individuals struggling with the economic impact of COVID 19
Our Community stays stronger because of you generosity, THANK YOU!