CFOS COVID-19 Response Fund distributes 50 grants totaling more than $200,000

MONTGOMERY – Just one month after the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) launched the Orange and Sullivan COVID-19 Response Fund, it has distributed 50 grants totaling $207,950 to local nonprofit organizations to address immediate and longer-term needs of residents in Orange and Sullivan counties. 

The Orange and Sullivan COVID-19 Response Fund distributes grants of up to $5,000 each to established nonprofit organizations that provide front-line services to the counties’ most vulnerable populations – food for needy families and essentials, such as prescription drug deliveries to homebound senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems. 

Just this week, these nonprofit organizations received grants:

  • Alzheimer’s Association – Hudson Valley Chapter
  • Catskills Food Hub
  • Inspire
  • Hudson River HealthCare, Inc.
  • Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh, Inc.
  • Montgomery Food Pantry, Inc.
  • Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation
  • St. Luke’s Cornwall Health System Foundation
  • The Center for Discovery, Inc.
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern

Since its inception, the fund has raised nearly $430,000. Grant requests are coming in daily, and CFOS is looking to the public for donations to meet escalating needs in both counties.

“With so many people unable to work, the number of families in need of food and necessities is skyrocketing. The nonprofits we are supporting with grants are doing all they can, but their budgets are stretched thin,” said Elizabeth Rowley, CFOS President and CEO. “We are so appreciative to those who have already donated to the Orange and Sullivan COVID-19 Response Fund and implore others who can to consider donating to help their neighbors get through these challenging times.” 

“The funding from the COVID-19 Response grant has allowed our effort, which we’ve entitled #collectivelyfeedingourneighbors, to move forward and to help alleviate food insecurity in the City of Newburgh,” said RECAP Chief Operating Officer Michele McKeon. “RECAP and LYNC have been able to feed 1,000 families thus far; and with this funding, we will be able to provide week-long boxes to 1,500 more families. On behalf of a grateful city, we are truly grateful for this gift which will allow us to fulfill our mission of providing a hand up in our community.”

RECAP volunteers unload food for #collectivelyfeedingourneighbors effort in the City of Newburgh.

Donations at any level are currently being accepted at 100% of donations to the fund will stay here in Orange and Sullivan counties. Nonprofit organizations providing response services to Orange and Sullivan residents during this pandemic are encouraged to apply for grants at

Funding partners include Kaplan Family Foundations, The Gerry Foundation, Rowley Family Foundation, Frommer & Spagnoli Families, Barbara Martinsons, the Dyson Foundation, Central Hudson, Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, B&M Foundation, Orange & Rockland, Orange Bank & Trust Company, RJ Smith & Family, Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan, Walden Savings Bank, Dominic & Amy Cordisco and the New York State Health Foundation. 

The impacts of the novel coronavirus are uncertain and continue to mount.  Through consultation with its community partners, CFOS will continue to gather information about how to effectively provide immediate support, with the understanding that the impacts may be long-lasting and recovery for many will be a difficult process.

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