In its first four weeks of operation, the Community Foundation of Otsego County has raised $175,000 in donations for their relief fund. Over 230 people and organizations have contributed.
The Community Foundation supports nonprofits who are helping people through this pandemic.
Over the last ten days the Foundation’s COVID-19 Fund has also made five awards, and now has a total of 17 in revue or completed.
Completed awards include:
- Helios Care - $5,000 to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for staff who make visits to patient homes.
- Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties -$5,000 to purchase PPE and supplies for child care providers in private homes.
- Bassett Medical Center - $7,500 to distribute gift cards for gas and food to employees who have been furloughed or had hours reduced due to clearing the facility for COVID related use.
- A.O. Fox Hospital - $3,000 for the same purposes as Bassett.
- Cooperstown Food Pantry - $3,000 to purchase farmers market vouchers to give to Pantry families to replace the shortage of food from grocery stores.
Organizers set the fund up as a way for the rest of the community to donate and grow the already available funds.
Not only is the relief fund new, the organization is. The Community Foundation of Otsego County was set to launch publicly, just as the outbreak began.
Nonprofits can still apply for grants, here.