The Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund has so far provided 14 local social service agencies with $109,280 — over half of the total donated to the fund.
The purpose of the fund is to quickly direct money towards “individuals and agencies” who have experienced “financial damage wrought specifically by the coronavirus lockdown,” according to a statement from the United Way.
The United Way of Meriden and Wallingford distributes the fund in partnership with the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation.
“As promised, we have begun distributing the funds generously donated by the over ninety generous and community-spirited individuals and organizations to the agencies that have applied,” said George McGoldrick, United Way board president and distribution committee member for the fund. “Our committee vetted each one carefully so that every donor can be proud and confident that his or her wishes are being followed.”
The goal for the fund is to reach $200,000 in donations to provide support to local communities. In its first week, the fund raised $70,000 and is now “three-quarters of the way” toward reaching that goal according to Maria Campos Harlow, United Way executive director.
“It is so gratifying to see that so many people of good will and generosity reached out to help. That’s what defines the difference between just a city or town and a true community. We are a true community, that’s for sure,” said John Augustyn, co-chair of the fund.
Organizations that have received funding include: Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, Family Business, Helping the Homeless Among Us and Feed My Lambs programs of First Congregational Church of Meriden, Girls Inc., Literacy Volunteers, Master’s Manna, Fresh Start program of Meriden Church of Christ, Meriden YMCA, NESIT, New Opportunities, Spanish Community of Wallingford, The Salvation Army and Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club.