ANIMAL SHELTER PIVOTS PROGRAMMING TO HELP ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping children off at daycare was an everyday activity for many parents. As daycares began to close, healthcare workers and essential employees were in need of immediate childcare more than ever. The Haven at Skanda (Skanda), a nonprofit organization located in Cazenovia that pairs rescue animals with children in need of support, quickly responded by

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Quick Changes Help Agencies Maintain Services During Health Crisis

Vera House was about a week from its annual White Ribbon Walk when the coronavirus pandemic upended plans for its fundraising and domestic and sexual violence awareness campaign. By March 12 Central New York businesses and schools were shutting down, and Vera House moved its monthlong campaign online to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus. As organizations canceled events and businesses

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Sororities’ Joint Effort to Raise COVID-19 Funding

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many Central New York residents stepped up to the plate to help in creative ways, even those who do not live here permanently. In late March, thirteen sorority chapters of the Panhellenic Council at Syracuse University joined forces to raise money for those impacted by COVID-19 by using a unique fundraising strategy. The Panhellenic Council

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Northside Learning Center Assembles Volunteer Team of Translators and Distributes Food

When Ra Har Met, a graduating senior from the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School, heard that the Northside Learning Center (NSLC) was assembling a team of volunteers in response to COVID-19, he quickly got in touch with its executive director, Mark Cass. Cass wanted to make sure that the families near their facility had both food and information

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Our Fundholders Respond: Bob and Toni Salisbury

We asked our donor-advised fundholders why they chose to give to the COVID-19 Community Support Fund during this crisis. Here’s what Bob and Toni Salisbury had to say: What inspired you to give during this crisis? If you’re going to support the community in this crisis, it’s a no-brainer to support this fund. In reviewing the organizations this fund has

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Oswego Funders Collaborate to Help Residents During COVID-19 Crisis

The Richard S. Shineman Foundation’s March 26 board meeting agenda focused on reviewing applications for its first grant round of the year. By then the coronavirus pandemic had closed schools and non-essential businesses in New York. The state was under stay-at-home orders to prevent spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The Foundation’s board set aside their agenda to discuss how

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Connecting Students with Academic Assistance during COVID-19

In March, most schools and educational institutions across the country closed due to the impacts of COVID-19, forcing many students to finish out their school year online. This transition wasn’t easy for children, especially those who rely on additional academic assistance. When schools shut down and these services came to a halt, WHOLE ME acted quickly to provide students who

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Our Fundholders Respond: The Waldman Family

We asked our donor-advised fundholders why they chose to give to the COVID-19 Community Support Fund during this crisis. Here’s what the Waldman Family had to say:   What inspired you to give during this crisis? It is a scary time and we felt an overwhelming need to help, and the CNYCF provided a great opportunity. With lots of uncertainty, we

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COVID-19 Community Response Fund Assisting Neighbors in Need

In a typical month, the Central New York Diaper Bank distributes 100,000 diapers. This March, though, as the number of coronavirus cases grew exponentially in the United States, Diaper Bank leaders saw a 50% increase in demand. Even before Onondaga County reported its first verified case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the region was reacting to the

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