The Greenwich United Way’s Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund issued new grants to Children’s Day School and Liberation Programs and second grants to Filling in the Blanks, Jewish Family Services and YWCA. The fund has now provided nearly $500,000 of aid across 20 organizations helping Greenwich residents in need.
“The early childhood industry has faced unprecedented financial strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and CDS is no exception,” said Carly Adames, Executive Director of Children’s Day School. “Our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for young children. Clean air quality and ventilation is essential as children in our early learning program are too young to wear masks and are within close proximity of each other. With this grant we can enhance our health and safety protocols by providing KN95 masks for our educators and air purification for classrooms at our Riverside and Glenville campuses. We are grateful for the United Way’s support during these extraordinary times.”
Earlier grants were issued to Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Building One Community, Caritas of Port Chester, Community Centers, Inc. of Greenwich (CCI), Family Centers, Filling in the Blanks, Food Rescue US, the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, the Jewish Family Services, Kids In Crisis, Meals On Wheels, Neighbor to Neighbor, Pathways, PTAC, River House, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), and YWCA of Greenwich.
“When we started this fund, none of us could have imagined that six months later we would still be in the thick of the pandemic, with no more certainty and stability than we had at the onset,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “At challenging times like this when everyone is impacted at some level, we are the sole organization that has the capabilities to help the most residents of Greenwich. We remain steadfast in our dedication to our neighbors and will continue to do all we can to help those in town who need it most.”
The Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund provides disaster relief and recovery efforts for Greenwich residents experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The GUW Board of Directors and Grants Committee volunteers continue to review proposals from local agencies, conducting a deep dive into each organization’s financials, and assessing the specific recovery-related needs.
Grant applications are still being accepted for non-profit local agencies supporting relevant relief efforts and can be submitted to GUW’s Director of Community Impact, Robert Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made to the fund here.