In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, funding for non-profit agencies has been more important than ever.
The Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund, spearheaded by the Meriden-Wallingford United Way, has given $137,280 to 20 nonprofit agencies in the Meriden/Wallingford area.
The fund is providing childcare for first responders and healthcare workers — personal protective equipment (PPE) for summer programs; hot meals for seniors without transportation and homebound parents; software for training trainers to help volunteer teachers to give lessons in basic reading and writing; payments of rent and utilities on behalf of people furloughed by employers forced to close; food for those who cannot access any federal or state programs for such aid; mental health assistance which has been exacerbated by the anxiety of isolation and the stress of financial hardship and increased assistance to those suffering the violence of spousal abuse.
“The need for some of these services was brought on by the pandemic, while the need for assistance providing basic needs has grown exponentially in a very short time,” said Meriden-Wallingford United Way Executive Director Maria Campos-Harlow. “And, while we are all relieved to see the gradual reopening of the economy, that has presented needs of another kind, especially PPE. As people are allowed to congregate and meet face to face, we are seeing a need for the equipment to keep them safe.”
To donate, visit unitedwaymw.org/MWCFCoronavirusResponseFund or the Meriden-Wallingford Community Foundation website, mw-cf.org. Checks can be mailed to the foundation at 35 Pleasant Street, Suite 1E, Meriden, CT, 06450. For more information, call (203) 235-4403.
“It’s important for the community to know where their dollars are going,” Campos-Harlow said. “It would be great for the community to step up again and help as much as we can. Our requests come from agencies that have served the community for a long time and their needs have been rising as a result of COVID-19.”