Relief Fund awards grants to local nonprofits

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The Wayne Emergency Relief Fund, launched this summer by the Wayne County Community Endowment, recently awarded its first grants totaling $11,250 to six organizations supporting area residents adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Relief Fund is focusing on supporting immediate and urgent needs, recovery as nonprofits return to normal operations, and resiliency relief to help nonprofits most crucial to communities’ ability to thrive.

Grants went to Arc of Wayne ($1,500) to purchase school supplies for students receiving early intervention services and in the preschool at the Roosevelt Children’s Center, Catholic Charities Community Services ($1,250) to upgrade appliances at client residences, Family Promise of Wayne County Inc. ($2,500) to provide emergency alternate guest housing and support for homeless and low-income families, House of John Inc. ($2,500) for operational support, and Newark Food Closet ($1,000) and Williamson United Methodist Church Food Pantry ($2,500) to purchase supplies.

Any individual, family, business or organization can make a contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund. Donations can be made online using a credit card at or mail a check payable to Wayne Emergency Relief Fund, c/o Wayne County Community Endowment, 500 East Ave., Rochester, New York, 14607.