The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, has awarded $1 million to an additional 35 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $5.5 million, supporting a total of 109 nonprofit organizations.
A press release said, “As this crisis continues to unfold, we know the needs are growing in our community and fundraising efforts for the fund continue with urgency; contributions can be made at www.WNYResponds.org.”
Grants were awarded to organizations serving all eight counties of Western New York that are addressing immediate needs in the community as a result of the COVID-19 crisis in the areas of food, housing, health care, child care, mental health, transportation, and other emergency services.
The following nonprofit organizations received a grant from the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund:
To date, the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund has raised approximately $6.5 million from 40 local foundations and private sector companies, more than 30 community leaders and approximately 1,600 individuals. To see a full list of funders, or to join the effort, visit www.WNYResponds.org.
The Community Leaders Fund, announced last week and led by Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health, has now raised $500,000 from more than 30 leaders.
On April 8, the fund announced its first round of grants totaling $4.5 million to 74 organizations. To see the full list of grantees, visit www.WNYResponds.org Additional funds raised will be distributed based on evolving needs related to the pandemic.
Anyone in need of assistance with information related to services available in the community can call 211. It is a referral hotline that is staffed 24/7 and serves all eight counties of Western New York.