FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Child Development Council, CEO
United Way of Tompkins County, Communications & Engagement Manager
George P. Ferrari, Jr.
Community Foundation of Tompkins County, Chief Executive Officer
Child Development Council Increases Access to Baby Essentials and Childcare
Ithaca, NY – Through joint funding from United Way of Tompkins County and the Community Foundation of Tompkins County the Child Development Council is able to respond to inquiries for both baby supplies and child care scholarships for families in need due to COVID-19 impacts on their households. Sue Dale-Hall, Child Development Council’s, CEO says, “Families need our help and we are grateful for the partnership with the United Way and the Community Foundation who have been quick to meet these emerging needs in our community.”
Families with young children whose monthly household budgets have been upended due to business closings, lay-offs, and unemployment will now be able to access baby formula, diapers and wipes through the Child Development Council. Supplies are limited and can be requested by completing a simple only form at forms.gle/JyUHSJ9hPsX3aRz96. Once the form has been submitted, families will receive more information and an assigned pick up time. For questions or support, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This funding also allows essential workers in need of child care for their preschool and school aged children to apply for child care scholarships. Dale-Hall says, “We really need our health care and emergency services personnel to be able to go to work and care for our community. Child care scholarships will help those who have had to find new care when their circumstances change." If these families do not need financial assistance the Child Development Council will provide support identifying child care placements that are currently open. Families interested in either of these opportunities can inquire by emailing email@example.com.
The funding for both these projects are made possible through grants awarded by United Way of Tompkins County ($10,254) enabled by donor contributions to their COVID-19 relief efforts through the agency’s TMS Flexible Fund, as well as grants awarded by the Community Foundation of Tompkins County ($12,000) through its COVID19 Fund and a donor-advised fund. Local funders have been virtually connecting semi-weekly since the start of the health crisis in order to coordinate and collaborate, to share information about needs, and to make grants to support our community.
Gifts to each of these funds can be made online through United Way of Tompkins County at www.uwtc.org/donate and selecting COVID-19 relief, and through the Community Foundation at www.cftompkins.org/giving/give-online by writing in “COVID-19 Relief Fund” under "Fund Name." You may also give a gift to United Way of Tompkins County over the phone by calling 607-500-GIVE or calling the Community Foundation of Tompkins County at (607) 272-9333.
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