An Update from Us on the COVID-19 Response Fund


On March 13, 2020, the Chenango United Way opened a COVID-19 Response Fund after a few community members asked if we would be willing to take donations in response to the pandemic beginning to affect local families. We had no idea at that time how many community members would be affected or how tremendously generous our donors would be.


As of May 15, 2021, we have raised over $151,000 for Chenango County COVID-19 relief and response and have allocated $132,700 of those funds to local needs directly related to the pandemic.


Food Security


  • $9,000 to Roots & Wings at Catholic Charities for the purchase of shelf stable food to make up boxes of food to be delivered to those who are homebound or quarantined
  • $12,000 to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Taste N See Soup Kitchen in Oxford to deliver hot meals to quarantined and homebound families in Norwich, Oxford and Bainbridge (partnering with Catholic Charities to do the transport/delivery on this project)
  • $2,300 to Afton Inter-Church Council to assist the Afton school with delivering food to students
  • $3,400 to Children’s Home Wyoming Conference to assist the Norwich Program at Broad Street Methodist Church with feeding their youth participants and families through the end of the school year
  • $3,650 to the Morrisville Foundation to assist with the May, June, July and August dairy distribution to needy families
  • $17,240 to Helping Hands Norwich to help with monthly mass food distributions
  • $1,500 to the Norwich Family YMCA to assist with meals for their summer daycare program
  • $7,000 to the Norwich PTCT backpack program to provide summer feeding to at-risk students in need in Norwich in 2020 and 2021
  • $5,000 to Unadilla Valley Schools to assist with the summer feeding program
  • $5,000 to Oxford Food Pantry to assist with the purchase of food




Rent/Utilities/Prescription & Basic Household Needs

  • $7,000 to Roots & Wings at Catholic Charities to assist furloughed/unemployed families struggling with rent and utility payments
  • $393.87 in volunteer mileage reimbursements for those assisting with home delivery of food boxes, diapers and personal hygiene/cleaning items
  • $2,000 to the Rural Health Network/Get There Connected for outreach/marketing to Chenango County families for transportation to obtain food and prescription assistance
  • $5,000 to purchase diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent and dish soap for families in need (through a partnership with the CVS Health Foundation)
  • $416.35 to the Pennysaver to advertise the United Way Familywize Drug Prescription Program for families struggling with prescription costs



Mental/Emotional Health Needs

  • $500 to The Place to assist with purchasing supplies for a relaxation/de-stress mental health area for children in their childcare program
  • $2,850 to HALOS to create COVID bags for families with children dealing with grief and anxiety related to the pandemic
  • $3,000 to the Family Enrichment Network to create “quiet bins” for all 75 daycare providers in Chenango County. These bins will be used to address the stress and anxiety children are facing related to the pandemic.
  • $2,000 to The Place to help wit the creatin of COVID-19 activity kits for kids


Child Care

  • $10,000 to the Norwich Family YMCA for COVID 19 related childcare


Cleaning and Testing Supplies

  • $1,000 to the Chenango Health Network for cleaning supplies
  • $1,833 to Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County for testing supplies for their staff


Long Term Economic Impact of COVID-19

  • $2,500 to the CV Free Church to offer discounted financial literacy courses to individuals struggling with the economic impact of COVID 19
  • $2,500 to the Chenango Micro Loan Project to assist with start-up funds for this no-interest revolving loan fund for individuals struggling with the economic impact of COVID 19


Schools/Educational Needs

  • $2,052 to Bainbridge-Guilford Schools to assist with the purchase of remote learning hardware
  • $2,000 to Oxford Academy’s Catalyst program to assist at-risk students with hybrid learning
  • $1,743 to Sherburne-Earlville Schools to purchase window covers and separators to keep students socially distanced
  • $2,500 to Children’s Home Wyoming Conference to work with at risk students at the Norwich City Schools struggling with hybrid learning
  • $1,937 to Sherburne-Earlville Schools for masks and gloves for special needs students and teachers
  • $2,000 to Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Schools for hybrid/summer learning gift card incentives
  • $1,000 to Sherburne-Earlville Schools for a COVID-19 wellness day




Summer Camps

  • $4,000 to Camp Fiver for COVID 19 testing supplies and plexiglass shields for summer 2021


Our Community is stronger because of you generosity, THANK YOU!