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Updates from Cortland United Way on local COVID help (audio)

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United Way for Cortland County Executive Director Christella Yonta called in this morning to give several community updates on resources and opportunities to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For those who may not feel safe at their home during the ongoing isolation period, 2-1-1 is a number you can call or text instantly for assistance. Aid to Victims of Violence is also available to help, a program run through the YWCA.

Additionally, Family Counseling Services (FCS) is able to offer mental health counseling through their telehealth program, which is taking new patients.

Yonta says volunteers aren’t being taken until the statewide workforce reductions are lifted, which won’t happen until April 29 at the earliest as per the most recent extension of Governor Cuomo’s NYS on Pause order.

However, help is still urgently needed in the form of donations to the Cortland Cares COVID Fund, a partnership between the United Way and the Cortland Community Foundation to support the area’s food programs which are facing increasing demand.

Community Foundation Board President Tom Gallagher was featured on Saturday’s Meet Cortland County segment talking more about the special partnership. (click here to listen)

For more information on the campaign and to make a donation, visit CortlandUnitedWay.org.


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