Regional Organizations Awarded more than $15,000 in Third Round of Grants from Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

May 26, 2020 – DERBY, CT – Representatives from Valley Community Foundation, Valley United Way, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Council of Health & Human Services are pleased to announce that grants totaling $15,150 have been distributed to eight organizations in the third round of funding from the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

These grants include funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) and operational support for telehealth, virtual wellness, and remote access programming for organizations whose staff is working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants awarded are made possible thanks to those who continue to generously support this Fund.

Since the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was established in March, nearly $150,000 in grants have been awarded. The Fund will be assisting a range of organizations serving the Valley throughout both the response and recovery phases of this pandemic.

Grants awarded include:

Adam Wysota Foundation - $1,750 to support a deep cleaning of Adam's House as well as the purchase of additional cleaning supplies and personal protection equipment.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford - $2,000 to support the purchase of personal protective equipment and cleaning products for the Ansonia Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic in preparation for the reopening.

Center Stage Theatre, Inc. - $2,000 to support a deep cleaning of the facility as well as the purchase of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment in preparation for the reopening.

Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc. - $2,000 to support additional staff costs to record pandemic information for blind or print challenged Valley residents.

Julia Day Nursery of Ansonia, Inc. - $2,000 to support a deep cleaning of its facility and playground area, as well as the purchase of additional cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment in preparation of its reopening.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven - $2,000 to support the purchase of Lexia Power-Up software and additional personal protective equipment for staff in preparation for the reopening of the Valley office.

Massaro Community Farm, Inc. - $1,800 to support telewellness and teleeducation programming as well as summer camp scholarships for Valley students.

Valley Fire Chief's Emergency Plan - $1,600 to support the purchase of computers and software to enable the Valley Fire School to offer online training and certification classes for firefighters and emergency personnel.

To support the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, visit www.valleyfoundation.org. Gifts via credit card are strongly preferred over checks to reduce processing time. Checks can however be made out to Valley Community Response and Recovery Fund and mailed to 253-A Elizabeth St., Derby, CT 06418.

A full list of grants that have been awarded from the COVID-19 Fund to date is available here.

The Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was created in response to COVID-19 by the Valley Community Foundation, Valley United Way, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Council for Health & Human Services. The Fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations who support those in the Valley Region who are most significantly affected by the pandemic.

About The Valley Community Foundation

Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation distributes approximately $1.6 million in grants each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF), to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and receives funding from The Gates Fund and other preference funds at TCF that benefit the Valley. For more information, visit www.valleyfoundation.org.






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