Over the past year, the Wayne County Community Endowment has awarded 31 grants totaling $ 95,890 to support nonprofit organizations that serve area residents, with $ 33,750 distributed from its relief fund. emergency response to meet local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has put a tremendous strain on the operations of many nonprofits providing essential services to residents of Wayne County and we knew our role was to ensure these services continued,” said CJ Britt, chairman of the advisory board. “We are grateful for all the contributions from members of our community who have helped make emergency support possible. ”
The Emergency Relief Fund, established in May 2020, has focused on meeting immediate and urgent needs, recovery as nonprofits serving Wayne County resume normal operations and resilience aid to help the nonprofits most critical to the ability of communities to thrive.
The Foundation also awarded grants during its regular 2021 grant cycle. Fourteen nonprofits received a total of $ 62,140: Arc of Wayne, $ 5,000; Wayne County Catholic Charities, $ 5,000; Cracker Box Palace Inc., $ 5,000; EZ Kids Creativity Shelf, $ 5,000; Finger Lakes Family Counseling Service, $ 5,000; Historic Palmyra, $ 1,200; In-home meal service, $ 5,000; House of John Inc., $ 2,500; Mercy Flight Central, $ 1,000; New York State Youth Success Network, $ 5,000; Rural and Migrant Ministry Inc., $ 5,000; Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association, $ 5,000; Wayne County Action Plan, $ 5,000 and $ 4,940; and Wayne County Rural Ministry’s Come-Unity Center, $ 2,500.
Emergency Relief Fund grants were made to 13 organizations from August 2020 to May 2021: American Red Cross, Western and Central New York region, $ 3,000; Wayne’s Bow, $ 1,500; Catholic Charitable Community Services, $ 1,250; Cornell Farmworker Program, $ 2,500; Wayne County Family Pledge, $ 2,500; The Green Angels, $ 2,500; House of John Inc., $ 2,500; Lyon Community Center, $ 5,000 (two scholarships); Newark Wardrobe, $ 1,000; Sainte-Catherine Drexel parish, $ 2,500; Victim Resource Center, $ 2,000; Wayne County Action Program Inc., $ 1,500; and Williamson United Methodist Church Food Pantry, $ 6,000 (three grants).