Issue 4 December 10, 2020
Building a Stronger Tompkins County Together
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Due to the effects of COVID-19 many of our local human service agencies have seen an increase in need for the important services they provide. That is why as we near the end of 2020, we want to provide you with an update of the needs in our community while focusing on the great work of a few of our UWTC Funded Partners.
You can support each of the funded partners below, along with 50 other local agencies to meet the increased demand for their services by donating through UWTC to the COMMUNITY CARE FUND.

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga (Catholic Charities) provides a coordinated network of human services dedicated to serving low income and vulnerable people. They serve all people regardless of their religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or immigration status.
Catholic Charities operates the Samaritan Center which provides financial assistance, free clothing, personal care items, and guidance and referral to families and individuals in need.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, many community members who have been temporarily or permanently laid off are looking for help.

Catholic Charities reports that they have seen a 20% increase in the number of community members reaching out to the organization needing support to file for unemployment services. A great number of the individuals reaching out to the organization are immigrants and people with disabilities.
During this time of COVID-19, the Samaritan Center is still in operation Tuesday- Friday 9:00am -11: 45am and 1:00pm - 3pm. Community member are asked to call ahead to make an appointment to ask for specific help.

The Samaritan Center's free clothing closet is open Tuesday-Friday 1:00pm -3:00pm.
No appointment is necessary, but only one family will be allowed in at a time.

All visitors to Catholic Charities will be required to wear a face mask, undergo a temperature check, and answer a COVID-19 questionnaire.

For more information about Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga visit
Human Service Coalition (HSC) works each day to enhance the delivery of health and human services in the Tompkins County area. HSC oversees three programs to make this happen: Human Services Planning, the Health Planning Council and 2-1-1 Tompkins/Cortland.
Through Human Services Planning, HSC acts as a convener encouraging cooperation among service providers to develop well-organized service delivery systems while linking providers to local, regional, and national decision-makers.
Through the Health Planning Council, HSC works as an advocate conducting community health planning, promoting the development of needed health services and resources, and increasing access to health care services.
Through 2-1-1 Tompkins/Cortland, HSC acts as a resource and referral service operating at the hub of the Tompkins County services network to promote effective service delivery and efficient allocation of community resources. 2-1-1 connects people in need with services designed to address that need by providing a central telephone information service, chat line, and maintaining a data base of community information. Callers are referred to service providers according to their situation.
During this time of COVID-19, 2-1-1 Tompkins/Cortland has continued to play a vital role in the community connecting community members to vital resources and providing callers with up-to-date information and general guidance on matters concerning COVID-19.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, more community members have found themselves in unforeseen and unfamiliar circumstances and are looking for help. This has led to an 40% increase in calls to 2-1-1, with callers looking for general information navigating services, emergency food distribution sites and financial relief from unexpected unemployment or reduced hours of pay.

2-1-1 has also partnered with UWTC to develop the United Way/2-1-1 COVID-19 Response Fund to provide eligible residents and those employed in Tompkins County with a one-time grant up to $500 to address basic need expenses when no other are services available.
To determine if your household qualifies for the United Way/2-1-1 COVID-19 Response Fund, call 2-1-1 at 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-8667
For more information about Human Service Coalition, visit
Child Development Council (CDC) promotes the healthy development of children and families at home, in child care, and in our community.

CDC offers serval programs that supports healthy childhood development including:

-Childhood Care and Resource Referral helping parents and guardians to find child care

-Family Support Services providing parents and caregivers of young children with support and guidance before problems mount and become unmanageable
-Teen Pregnancy/Parenting Program providing specialized support to parenting young people.

-Warm Line providing free, confidential and anonymous telephone guidance service for parents, guardians, and child care providers.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, many parents and guardians have found it difficult to provide their household with the basic supplies needed to keep their babies happy and healthy.

Community members receiving Family Support Services and who are in need are provided with free baby supplies including diapers and formula. The need for these free supplies of diapers and formula has increased 345% over the previous year.
In an effort to address this increased need, CDC established a weekly drive-thru for families to receive supplies with financial support provided by UWTC and Community Foundation of Tompkins County. Request for supplies can be made by filling out an online form at Delivery of supplies may be available to families without transportation.
To learn more about the Child Development Council, please visit
Learn more about our additional Funder Partner Agencies in our future
UWTC Spotlight newsletters or by visiting
Corporate Cornerstone Partners (CCPs) provide the infrastructure upon which UWTC works and serves. This generous and committed group of individuals and employers join together and underwrite UWTC’s administrative costs so that 100% of all other donations can be used for needed programs and services.

Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Every day, they help job seekers find work and help businesses find qualified employees. Their long-term goal is to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. Express Employment Professionals is a proud Corporate Cornerstone Partner.

For more information visit their website
Italian Carryout
Ithaca Carryout prides itself on the feelings of warmth and belonging they are able to create for their customers as the provide the Ithaca area with family-inspire comfort food. Italian Carryout offers hand-tossed pizzas and homemade sauces. Operate by three siblings: Christina, Tyler and Mike this proud Corporate Cornerstone Partner says, "Let our family cook for you."

For more information visit their website
Northside Wine & Spirits
Founded by Stan Borow in 1959, Northside wines is home to 11,500 square feet of retail showroom, stocking over 6,000 brands and the world's greatest selection of Finger Lakes wine. Celebrate this holiday season by picking up your a bottle of wine from your favorite local winery and supporting this proud Corporate Cornerstone Partner.

For more information visit their website
Treleaven Wines
Treleaven Wines has been family owned and operated since its inception in 1984. Treleaven prides itself on their meticulous approach to farming and wine making and are dedicated to making their guests feel at ease. Treleaven Wines offers a traditional tasting room along with Oak Lounge providing a quick bite to eat and local craft beer. Treleaven invites you to come join the family, and are proud to be UWTC Corporate Cornerstone Partners.

For more information visit their website
Learn more about our additional Corporate Cornerstone Partners in our future UWTC Spotlight newsletters or by visiting
You may receive additional information on charitable organizations from the NY Office of the Attorney General on their website or by calling (212) 416-8401. You may also receive UWTC’s last financial report by going to