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Fund awards additional $1 million to local charities

The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund announced Wednesday it awarded $1 million to an additional 35 nonprofit organizations providing services to those in communities struggling in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund is coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, the John R. Oishei Foundation and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

To date, the fund has awarded $5.5 million in grants to a total of 109 nonprofit groups throughout all eight Western New York counties.

The groups address needs in the area of food, housing, health care, child care, mental health, transportation and emergency services.

Fundraising efforts are continuing, and with urgency, according to the fund's coordinators. Contributions can be made at

Recently, the following groups received a grant from the fund:

• African Heritage Economic Initiative
• Black Love Resists in the Rust
• Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers
• Council On Addiction Recovery Services, or CAReS
• Durham’s Baby Cafe DH
• Eight Days of Hope
• EPIC - Every Person Influences Children
• Family Justice Center of Erie County
• FeedHamburg
• Field & Fork Network
• Gateway-Longview
• Greater Buffalo United Association
• Hearts for the Homeless of WNY
• Heritage Christian Services
• Hope of Buffalo Inc.
• International Institute of Buffalo
• Kenmore Town of Tonawanda Meals on Wheels
• Kevin Guest House
• My Place Home for the Homeless
• New York Adult & Teen Challenge
• Oak Orchard Community Health
• OLV Human Services
• Partnership for the Public Good
• PATH, or People Against Trafficking Humans
• People Inc.
• Pinnacle Community Services
• Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York
• Plymouth Crossroads
• Response to Love Center
• Ronald McDonald House of Western New York
• Saving Grace Ministries
• Seneca Street Community Development Corporation
• Seneca-Babcock Community Association
• St. Simon's Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen at the Genesis Center
• The Journey Church

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