Immediate results from local COVID help fund (audio)

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On this morning’s community update segment with the United Way for Cortland County:

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Executive Christella Yonta said donations to the local COVID relief fund have hit $12k, every cent of which has been matched by the Cortland Community Foundation and sent to various food and human service programs helping families in the community.

United Way is not taking an administrative fee and is turning the assistance back around weekly.

“We are halfway to our $25,000 goal,” said Yonta. “The Community Foundation is matching ever dollar and that means we’re looking to give out at least 50,000 to the community. We’re really appreciative of any help we can get.”

So far, the bulk of grant distributed through the Cortland Cares COVID fund have gone to aid the area’s food programs.

Catholic Charities is delivering food boxes to households in the county every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with Tuesday and Thursday’s meals handled by the Salvation Army.

All requests are streamlined through the Salvation Army in order to serve as many households as possible. Staff from both agencies have been helping each other meet the rising need from the community.

Additionally, Loaves and Fishes received funds to help them with food, as well as the items they need to provide their meals to go.

Family Counseling Services also got a grant through the fund to offer their services through telehealth and make sure those who need counseling services can access them,

The Child Care Council received funding to help them meet the need for baby food, formula and diapers; and the YWCA was helped with money to support their childcare services for essential employees, primarily medical workers.

Additionally, the Cortland Hunger Coalition and Seven Valleys Health Coalition have partnered together and are organizing an upcoming dairy distribution in Cortland. (more details TBA)

For more information or to make a donation to the community fund, visit

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