At our Zoom meeting on Saturday, the NFWFWF Board discussed ways to help the members of the North Fork community who have supported our organization over the years. We decided to provide help for our members, our sponsors, our local health care workers and those North Fork residents who are food insecure.
Our first decision was to initiate a new program for our members. In this time of stay at home orders, everyone needs some extra friendship and companionship. Our board members will make calls to NFWFWF members to check-in and provide whatever help we can. We will ask our HelpHer volunteers and members of our advisory committee to join in the effort. We plan to begin this process sometime next week.
We established a Covid-19 Support Fund and will move $6,000 from our outreach expense budget line to the Support Fund to make donations to our neighbors, friends and organizations helping the community during this unprecedented time.
This first round of donations will include:
A $2,000 donation to Community Action Southold Town (C.A.S.T.) as they continue to provide a pantry for people in need on Wednesdays and Thursdays. C.A.S.T. has begun a Feed-a-Kid-Bag program operating three days a week and is working with American Beech in Greenport to provide Wednesday pick-up meals at no cost.
The purchase of $1,000 in gift cards from CJ’s American Grill to give to health care and emergency workers at Peconic Bay Hospital in Riverhead.
The purchase of another $1,000 in gift cards from Front Street Station to give to health care and emergency workers at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport.
A donation of $1,000 to the Covid-19 Defense Fund, an organization led by Bobby and Jamey Mills of Wm. J Mills & Company Richard Vandenburgh of Greenport Harbor Brewery and Bob Gammon of Team Rice 870, a Southold High School Robotics Team. This Covid-19 Defense group is making protective face shields and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for our local hospital health care workers and first responders.
A $1,000 donation to the Food Pantry of the Riverhead office of the Family Service League.
We are honored to support these groups and are grateful that as an organization we have the funds available to make these donations at this time. At our May meeting we will evaluate our actions and add a Phase II to our giving, if necessary.
If you are interested in helping, we have added a Covid-19 option to the donation section at nfwfwf.org.
As always, I thank you for your support and welcome your suggestions as we continue to help our community.