The COVID-19 pandemic accentuated disparities and created new challenges in health and opportunity in our region and across the country.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, we knew we had to advocate for the most vulnerable in our area, and we immediately established the Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to deploy emergency resources to 501(c)3 agencies that were addressing the emergency needs of our neighbors.
Thanks to the contributions of 40 corporate and philanthropic partners, and hundreds of community donors, the Fund has deployed $1.1 million to over 100 organizations throughout 11 counties, which has helped meet the needs of over 500,000 local neighbors in need.
About the Fund
Co-led by United Way of the Greater Capital Region and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, The Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund is a coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners who joined together to provide flexible resources to community-based organizations on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in the Greater Capital Region of New York.
One-time operating grants were rapidly deployed to frontline human services organizations working with local communities who were most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Funding was provided to organizations serving residents in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady, Warren and Washington Counties.
March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Update from United Way of the Greater Capital Region
- General questions & inquiries about the COVID-19 Response Fund can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For interested corporate donors and partners, please contact Peter Gannon at email@example.com.
- For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Cassandra Madsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are a current fund advisor and would like to recommend a grant from your fund, please contact Shelly Connolly at email@example.com
We deployed funds to 103 Capital Region organizations
Albany Community Action Partnership
Albany Damien Center
Alliance for Positive Health
American Red Cross of NENY
ARC of NY AVillage, Inc
Battenkill Community Services
Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth
CAPTAIN Community Services
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
Catskill Center for Independence
Center for Disability Services
Center for Employment Opportunities
Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.
Hudson Valley Community College
In Our Own Voices
Jewish Family Services on NENY
Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County
Mechanicville Area Community Center
Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
Schenectady County Community Action Program
Schenectady County Community College
Schoharie County Community Action Program, Inc
Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center
St. Anne Institute
St. Catherine's Center for Children
Stillwater Community Center
The Center for Community Justice
Transitional Services Association
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Albany Field Office
Unity House of Troy
YWCA of the Greater Capital Region
Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady
Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area
Catskill Food Pantry at St Luke’s
Chabad Lubavitch of Saratoga County
Clifton Park Chabad
Comfort Food of Washington County
Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO)
Free Food Fridge
Food Pantries of the Capital District
Franklin Community Center
Montgomery County office of the Aging
Oakwood Community Center
Redemption Church of Christ
Regional Food Bank for Montgomery County
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Schenectady Inner City Ministries
Schenectady Community Ministries
Shalom Food Pantry
South End Children’s Café
The Fiqh & Dawah Center
The Joshua Project
The Salvation Army - Albany Corps
The Salvation Army - Glens Falls Corps
The Salvation Army - Hudson Outpost
The Salvation Army – Saratoga
The Salvation Army - Schenectady Citadel
The Salvation Army - Troy Corps
Troy Area United Ministries
Welcome Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
Better Community Neighborhoods
Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS)
Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
Shelters of Saratoga, Inc.
St. Paul's Center
United Tenants of Albany, Inc (UTA)
Northern Rivers Family of Services
Rensselaer County Heroin Coalition
Saratoga Center for the Family
Senior Hope Counseling, Inc.
The Living Room, Ellis Medicine
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center
City of Albany
Howard & Susan Barnes
Edward & Susan Connolly
Cook Family Fund/Craig & Molly Cook
Crossfit for the People
Robert & Douglas Curry-Jasinske
Matt & Sharon Cutler
Tom & Gail Donovan
Susan DuBois Ian Duckor
Jill Dugas Hughes
GE Precision Heating
Matthew & Jennifer Heerwagen
Douglas & Margaret Hinkle
John & Patti Hinkle
Shiro & Susanne Kimura
Kiran Kumar Chedella
Barbara M. Louthan
William & Lorraine McPherson
Hilary A. Papineau
Diane Cameron Pascone
Ulysse Pedreira Segade
Michael-Aaron & Amber Poindexter
Astrid & Neil Pettersen & Rice
DePaul Housing Management
Cheryl Reeves & Martha Schultz
Rohinton & Priti Irani Charitable Foundation
Frank & Wilma Schmeler
Mary Francis Stoute
Scott & Jill Strock
*In Honor of
United Way GCR's COVID-19 Response
$88,750 in six-month emergency grants to 16 United Way funded agencies.
$75,000 invested for essential PPE and expansion of COVID-19 testing resources and mobile-testing, providing the testing capacity needed to the region’s most underserved communities, helping reopen the Capital Region in June 2020.
$10,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area for its Lyricism 101 Music Mobile program, helping the program to meet social distancing restrictions.
$7,500 grant to Mechanicville Area Community Services Center to support the purchase of a new food delivery van to expand its capacity to meet the increased food needs.
1,300 hours of volunteer service completed during the April to May pause.
Collaborated with local creative organizations to host the Creative Impact Fund, which deployed $10,000 to local creatives who were out of work as a result of the pandemic.
Accommodated a 100% increase in call volume on 211 from people looking for referrals for basic needs and COVID-19 related concerns.
Featured 70 live guest readers on Facebook for children and families to engage in reading while stuck at home.
Coordinated by Albany Med, the Capital Region COVID-19 Vaccine Network is developing and implementing plans to ensure the safe, equitable and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine across Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.
Get important updates, learn how to volunteer, and check your eligibility to receive the vaccine at www.CapitalRegionVAX.org or call 211 for help with vaccine-related questions.