United Way & Community Foundation start local COVID fund

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As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Cortland County’s 211 Helpline has been rushed with phone calls and questions from the community about assistance for those struggling to meet their essential needs.

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In response, the Cortland Community Foundation and United Way for Cortland County have partnered to create the “Cortland Cares Covid Fund,” which aims to support local nonprofits in their operations to deliver food and services to those most affected by the current health crisis.

Cortland Community Foundation jump-started the fund with a $25k contribution, and they’re now challenging others to join the fight with a commitment to match every last donation, dollar-for-dollar, for up to an additional $25k.

Donations to the latest campaign can be made online at cortlandunitedway.org or by mailing a check to:

United Way for Cortland County
50 Clinton Ave
Cortland, NY 13045

WXHC will speak more about this project with Cortland Community Foundation President Tom Gallagher on this Saturday’s Meet Cortland County segment, airing every Saturday at 9 am.

In the meantime, 2-1-1 can provide any residents with information on food programs in their area and information on how to sign up.

There’s also a Fresh Food giveaway today in the Groton Ave plaza behind Burger King from 5-6 pm.

Those who plan to attend need to stay in their vehicles, and those without vehicles will be organized in a line that adheres to the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

United Way Executive Director Christella Yonta spoke with WXHC’s Vinnie Bellardini this morning to discuss the effort further.

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