We have an amazing generous community of individuals as well as foundations from Chenango County and Central New York that have given to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.  Click the link below to see how funds raised outside the 2020 campaign were utilized to help efforts to ease the strain of many individuals during this unprecedented time. 
Chenango United Way
COVID-19 Response and Fund
The health and safety of our community is our priority. We know you may have questions about what the Chenango United Way is doing to keep the community healthy and what the considerations are for funds and donations that may be given during this time. We want to share the actions we're taking in Chenango County — and what you can do to help. The Chenango United Way’s role will continue to be focused on both the immediate and long-term needs of our local communities. 
Each United Way’s role in its community across the country will be different, depending on the community’s needs. The Chenango United Way would like to provide the Chenango County community with the following information:
The Chenango United Way has canceled or is postponing all in-person meetings planned for March and April 2020, as well as our Annual Celebration Breakfast planned for Tuesday, April 21st. We want to enable our staff, volunteers and donors to remain in their communities where they are most needed, and to do our part in preventing the spread of any illness. However, our office will remain operational at this time. 
At this point, it is difficult to know exactly what is going to be needed over the next days, weeks and months as we face and recover from COVID-19.  As of yesterday, [3/12/2020] at least 16 statewide 2-1-1 call centers and several major metro area 2-1-1s have been activated by state and local officials to provide information to the public about COVID-19. In our region, the Susquehanna River Region 211 Call Center in Binghamton will be handling our Chenango County’s non-emergency information and referral calls.  
As of today (3/13/2020), we have had several members of the community reach out to the Chenango United Way with the intention of making a donation to assist with local needs related to the virus. We believe that the best way we can meet this request is by establishing a COVID- 19 Response Fund.
We know that monetary donations are the best way to provide direct assistance to families facing immediate basic needs, such as low-income working families with children and the elderly. We are working with Community Partners such as the local school districts, food pantries and soup kitchens, Chenango County Public Health Department and the Chenango County Area Agency on Aging to assess and quantify these evolving needs. We will NOT be accepting donations of food, basic hygiene or cleaning items or any other household products at this time. 
We also know that there will be many long-term unmet needs that will arise after families and individuals have felt the impacts of this virus. We want to be ready to use donations to address these long-term needs after the virus has subsided in our community and other emergency response funds have been expended.  
Funds donated towards the COVID-19 Response Fund will not be utilized towards the annual Chenango United Way campaign. 
Contributions may be mailed to the Chenango United Way, Attn: COVID-19 Response Fund, 83 N. Broad St., Front Suite, Norwich, NY 13815. For more information, you may contact the Chenango United Way office at 607-334-8815. 


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