Newton’s COVID-19 Care Fund will help families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
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The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund, established by many Newton community leaders, including Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, will help families and individuals who have been financially impacted by this coronavirus pandemic.
As COVID-19 reverberates across hospitals, offices, schools, and homes, many in Newton are being impacted in ways they never could have thought imaginable even a month ago. Restaurants that were thriving in the New Year are now shuttered and dark. Independent business owners, the backbone of our local economy, are cutting back hours in the hope of weathering the storm intact. With a lack of customers, every organization in our city is forced to look at cutting costs wherever they can, an imperative that is inevitably borne on the backs of hourly workers and those most vulnerable.
The effects of COVID-19 in Newton are deep and immediate. As a simple example, the Centre Street Food Pantry, one of three food pantries in the city, held a service day this week with pre-packed items which brought 100 families to their doors, nearly double the demand of a normal day.
The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund is designed provide financial assistance to Newton residents, people who work in Newton, and families with children receiving childcare services in Newton or enrolled in Newton Public Schools who have been financially burdened by the pandemic. City of Newton First Responders who incur new childcare expenses or other expenses as a result of the crisis will also be eligible.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be working with the United Way and several local human services agencies to raise and distribute funds as quickly as possible to individuals and families in need.
WHAT CAN THE NEWTON COVID-19 CARE FUND HELP PEOPLE WITH?
While the Care Fund is focused on basic needs and critical services, we recognize that this crisis is evolving quickly. The priorities of this fund may change as the needs of the Newton community evolve. The funds will help pay for rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity for families with school-aged children, childcare, medications and other basic needs.
HOW CAN I GIVE TO THE NEWTON COVID-19 CARE FUND?
You can give to the fund by clicking the yellow GIVE TODAY button above. All gifts are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds (net credit card fees) will go to individuals seeking assistance. You may also give via your Donor Advised Fund by including “The United Way Newton COVID-19 Care Fund” in your recommendation details. Our tax ID number is 04-2382233. If you have questions about how to use your Donor Advised Fund for this purpose, please contact Rob Gifford at Robertggifford@gmail.com.
You can also send a check to the following address: United Way of Massachusetts Bay, PO Box 51381, Boston, MA 02205-1381. Please make checks out to “United Way of Massachusetts Bay” and include “Newton Covid-19 Care Fund” in the memo of your check.
HOW WILL MY DONATION HELP MY NEWTON NEIGHBORS, PEOPLE WHO WORK HERE AND CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY? HOW ABOUT CITY OF NEWTON FIRST RESPONDERS?
All donations will be collected by United Way and distributed by an established Newton nonprofit organization with a track record of administering assistance funds. These funds will pay for rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity for families with school-aged children, childcare, medications and other basic needs. City of Newton First Responders who incur new childcare expenses or other expenses as a result of the crisis will also be eligible.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED ASSISTANCE?
The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund is a coalition of Newton-based care providers coming together to serve those who are in need in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. In the coming days, visit this space for more detailed information on fund eligibility requirements and information about how to submit your application. Until next week, if you need immediate help, please contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline which will provide immediate guidance.