Nearly $3 million raised in three weeks of Community Crisis Fund

Nearly $3 million raised in three weeks of Community Crisis Fund

In the nearly three weeks since United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and Rochester Area Community Foundation formed Rochester’s Community Crisis Fund, nearly $2.7 million has been raised to help area nonprofits and those in need, including a $1 million grant from ESL Charitable Foundation.

More than 250 individuals have donated more than $46,000 online at the fund’s website, officials said Friday.

Grants during Phase 1 of funding have been made to 32 agencies, including 18 last week. Grants were made to ARC of Wayne, Heritage Christian Services, Salvation Army, Veteran’s Outreach Center and more. Previous grants were received by Ibero-American Action League, Meals on Wheels, Trillium Health, Volunteers of America Upstate New York and others.

During the week preceding the Community Crisis Fund, local foundations came together to pool and disburse an initial $260,000 to help Foodlink Inc. address the immediate food insecurity that resulted from school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the United Way and RACF, community partners include ESL Charitable Foundation, Farash Foundation, Konar Foundation, Bank of America, Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Greater Rochester Health Foundation, MVP Health, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, J.P. Morgan, Waldron Rise Foundation, National Grid and HUNT Charitable Foundation.

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