In May 2020, the Community Foundation of Otsego County (CFOC) created the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund for Otsego County. Through December 2021, the Fund’s full amount of $219,464.62 was awarded to help Otsego County through the COVID pandemic.

The Fund had the following priorities:

  • Prevention measures (education, sanitary supplies) that limit the spread of the virus.
  • Support for vulnerable populations, i.e., older adults, people with compromised immune systems, and people who are unhoused.
  • Practical needs, in case of disruption in services to vulnerable populations, such as meal delivery and daily living support for homebound older adults.
  • Food access and other practical supports for people who may have lost wages or who are unable to stock up on food, specifically those who fall in the gaps of government-led structural responses.
  • Support for workers, especially low-wage workers, to address lack of access to healthcare and paid sick leave, lack of proper safety equipment, economic impact of lost wages due to quarantines, cancelled activities, reduced hours/layoffs.
  • Address barriers, such as lack of transportation, the lack of a primary care doctor and medical advice, or other impediments, that prevent Otsego County residents and those who work in the County from getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Other emerging, immediate needs.

COVID-19 Fund Awards to Date

Helios CarePPE for in home visits by care providers$5000
Catholic CharitiesPPE for childcare providers$5000
Bassett Medical CenterGift cards for food/gas for employees in need$7500
Fox HospitalGift cards for food/gas for employees  in need$3000
Cooperstown Food PantryFood vouchers for farmers market$3000
The Brookwood SchoolClassroom thermometers and cleaning supplies$2500
Friends of RecoveryPPE$1200
Family Planning of South Central NYPPE and cleaning supplies$6000
The StorehousePPE and cleaning supplies$2000
Otsego Rural Housing AssistanceSubstandard housing repairs and rental assistance$8000
Oneonta Family YMCACleaning supplies to re-open facility$5000
Family Service Assn of OneontaSupplies of clothing, hygiene, and school materials to low or no income families$7500`
YuntosGift cards to undocumented families for food, transport and medical$10000
Rural Health Network of South Central NYTransport to employment and healthcare$10000
Catholic CharitiesSummer food program$3500
Future for Oneonta FoundationPPE and working capital grants to small businesses in Oneonta$25000
Cooperstown FoundationPPE and working capital grants to small businesses in remainder of county$25000
Hunger Coalition of Otsego CountyPPE and equipment for food pantries$10000
CADESubsidizing local farm food to food pantries$10000
Salvation ArmyMedical co-pays, transportation and rental assistance$5000
Oneonta Community Health CenterPPE benefitting uninsured and inadequately insured$300
SpringbrookAir filtration system serving pre-school and day  programs$5000
Unadilla Community Farm Education CenterSupport for the Veggie Box delivery program$6000
Otsego 2000/Cooperstown Farmers MarketPPE and SNAP match$6000
Pathfinder VillagePPE for staff and residents$5000
Catholic Charities Housing OfficePPE, cleaning supplies and support for warming station serving the homeless in Oneonta$10000
Springfield LibraryTwo laptop computers and a Zoom subscription to help those without Internet access$2600
Glimmerglass FestivalPPE, testing, and cleaning supplies$10000
Catskill Center for IndependenceFood delivery program for individuals with disabilities and purchase of durable medical equipment to lend to people in need$9500
Safe Schools Mohawk ValleyResilience Room at Richfield Springs Central School$3176