Community Foundations Announces More than $250K in Grants to Bolster Response to Covid-19

With the support of generous donors, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has announced grants totaling $258,600 to support local nonprofits contending with Covid-19. The Pivoting to Respond grants will provide general operating support to organizations and communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and its economic consequences.
To broaden the impact of this support, they partnered with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Northeast Dutchess Fund. Grants from that collaborative will provide an additional $40,000 of support to organizations in North-East Dutchess County.
“Since March, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has maintained a singular focus on mitigating the impacts of Covid-19 on our community,” said Cristin McPeake, Vice President of Programs at the Foundations. “Through the generosity of our community and the commitment of our partners, we are investing in the agencies that directly serve those hardest hit by this pandemic. From basic needs like feeding programs and emergency housing to arts organizations improving the quality of life in these hard times – our grants are intended to help maintain vital services.”
“We are grateful for the community-wide support which has resulted in a historic year of grantmaking,” said Sally J. Cross, President & CEO at the Foundations. “Thank you to the generous friends, old and new, who have contributed to this effort. We appreciate working with a coalition of local funders and with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to expand the reach of these awards. Given recent survey findings of the devastating financial impact on local nonprofits, we know that this support is meaningful – and the continued investment of our community will be necessary to prevent service losses, lay-offs and closures. Our Hudson Valley support system is reliant on the caring commitment of our neighbors, and we will continue our work of connecting people who care with causes that matter.”
On behalf of the Community Foundations Board and Staff, congratulations to the following Pivoting to Respond grantees:
Regional services, those with an * are receiving co-funding with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Northeast Dutchess Fund:
Arts Mid-Hudson, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley*, Mid-Hudson Library System, and Worker Justice Center of New York.*
Dutchess services, those with an * are receiving co-funding with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Northeast Dutchess Fund:
The Arc Mid-Hudson, The Art Effect, Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Common Ground Farm, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County*, Dutchess Outreach, Exodus Transitional Community, Family Services, Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrow, (*, Grace Smith House, Hudson River Housing, Mental Health America of Dutchess County, North East Community Center*, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, RDC Loaves and Fishes*, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County*, Red Hook Community Center, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Amenia Union NY*, and Unshattered.
Putnam services:
Camp Herrlich, CAREERS Support Solutions, CoveCare Center, Ecological Citizen's Project, Garrison Art Center, Mental Health Association in Putnam County, and Second Chance Foods.
Ulster services:
Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, Center for Creative Education, Family of Woodstock, Harambee, Library at the AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Center, Mental Health Association in Ulster County, People's Place, Pine Hill Community Center, Resource Center for Accessible Living, Ulster County Community Action Committee, Ulster Literacy Association, and Underground Foundations.
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