Donate/Volunteer: How You Can Help in CNY

COVID-19 has posed many challenges for the world, the country, and our community. With people working from home, or not being able to work at all, our neighbors are facing obstacles that they could not have expected. Here is how you can help:


United Way of Central New York is working in partnership with The Central New York Community Foundation, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, and the Allyn Foundation to create a COVID-19 Community Support Fund.

The fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits whose operations support vulnerable populations stressed by the outbreak. The Community Foundation will seed the fund with a contribution from its own funds and encourages individuals, institutions, companies and other funders to donate as well.

Working together, the partners will identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on immediate needs from community advisors and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

Donations may be made online at or by contacting Thomas Griffith, vice president, development at (315) 422-9538 or


United Way of Central New York is currently registering volunteers and coordinating opportunities in Onondaga County through VolunteerCNY (a United Way of Central New York Initiative). While there are fewer opportunities available, during this time of social isolation, a waiting list has been created to utilize volunteers for essential needs in the future.

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