UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund has raised $628,000 since it was established in March – but requests for assistance are now topping $1.2 million.
The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties launched the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area launched the fund to help local nonprofit organizations struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the impact of the pandemic increases, our combined efforts are helping local nonprofits meet vital needs for those feeling the widespread strain of this public health crisis,” said Erin Gutierrez Matt, CEO of United Way VGU. “Many donors—individuals, businesses and organizations—have stepped up to help, but it’s clear that the needs of our nonprofit partners are growing.”
Newly awarded grants are going to: ACR Health; Compassion Coalition; Presbyterian Homes Foundation; The Community at Sunset Wood, The Salvation Army in Herkimer County, Rome and Utica; and Valley Health Services.
Last month, more than $150,000 was distributed to local nonprofits, including Mohawk Valley Health System and Rome Memorial Hospital.
The Community Foundation’s executive vice president, John Swann, has been diagnosed with coronavirus, and CEO Alicia Dicks says this has made the pandemic hit home for the Foundation.
“As we’ve heard from early on, this virus can strike anyone—a coworker, friend, family member, neighbor—and the bottom line is that our entire community is feeling the impact,” said Alicia Dicks, Community Foundation president/CEO. “John’s illness brought the reality of this crisis to a new level for many at The Community Foundation as we witnessed someone near and dear to us experience the ups and downs of this debilitating virus. I’m happy to report that his condition continues to improve, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Dicks says the diagnosis came weeks after the Foundation offices were closed on March 16, so no employees or visitors were exposed to the virus.
To donate to the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund, visit: mvcovidfund.com.