The Greenwich United Way’s Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has surpassed its initial $500,000 goal, thanks to a recent large gift from an anonymous donor.
The fund is increasing its target to $600,000 to more thoroughly address the increasing unmet needs in town with the ongoing pandemic and mounting challenges for residents.
“To see how our community has rallied to support their neighbors in need is certainly moving,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “While our nine grants are hard at work, getting help to those in town who need it most, there is still a lot of work to do. So many Greenwich residents are facing hardships that never could have been foreseen or planned for. This is where the Greenwich United Way is most qualified and able to step in and address these challenges quickly and effectively. We are currently reviewing an additional seven applications that we will be funding shortly.”
The fund supports disaster relief and recovery efforts of non-profit local agencies.
Nine grants have been issued so far to the following organizations: Abilis, Greenwich Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Filling in the Blanks, Food Rescue US, Jewish Family Services, Kids In Crisis, Meals on Wheels, River House and YWCA of Greenwich.
After kicking off in mid-March with a gift from the Town of Greenwich, the fund has since received almost 300 contributions from individuals and organizations including Dalio Philanthropies and Greenwich Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1042.
Grant applications are still being accepted for non-profit local agencies supporting relevant relief efforts and can be submitted to GUW’s Director of Community Impact, Robert Moore at [email protected]. Donations can be made to the fund here.
The Greenwich United Way shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency.
As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions.
Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.