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Syracuse-area coronavirus fund raises $1.3M, gives away $429K in 3 weeks to food pantries, shelters – syracuse.com


Syracuse, N.Y. — The COVID-19 Community Support Fund in Onondaga County is less than a month old.

But since its creation was announced March 18, the effort has raised $1.33 million, according to the Central New York Community Foundation.

The foundation created the fund in partnership with United Way of Central New York, Allyn Foundation, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. It’s meant to help local non-profits continue to provide food, shelter and services to people during the coronavirus pandemic.

There’s still opportunities to both donate to the fund and to apply for grants. Officials are processing grants as they come in and awarding them as quickly as possible.

Here’s the latest list of grants, as of today:

AccessCNY – $28,900

Connect those with disabilities and/or a mental health diagnosis to vital services through remote technology

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

Central New York Diaper Bank – $10,000

Increase distribution of diapers, which are not covered by government safety net programs, to families in need

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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

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

Loretto – $36,000

Provide basic needs – food, childcare assistance, family essentials and transportation – to frontline healthcare workers

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

Mercyworks – $20,000

Provide weekend groceries to Southside families that qualify for the school breakfast and lunch program on weekdays

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

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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

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

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