COVID-19 Community Resources

Yale and New Haven COVID-19 Response

Yale has moved quickly on several fronts to support the New Haven community, and will continue to do so through a growing number of initiatives and programs.

The fund is one part of the University’s response to support the City of New Haven during the crisis. Learn more about the different ways Yale is working with the city to get through this crisis together.

Yale Community for New Haven Fund

In March 2020, Yale University announced the establishment of the Yale Community for New Haven Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in our city. Donations to the fund are distributed to non-profit organizations providing food, shelter, personal protective equipment, educational assistance, the delivery of healthcare, and assistance to businesses in the local area. Distributions from the fund promote recommended health practices, the well-being of children and families, and educational needs in our city resulting from the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

The fund is managed by Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs and is overseen by an advisory committee. Yale has also engaged in regular consultation with both the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to provide the best support to those in need. 

Non-profit organizations providing pandemic-related assistance in the City of New Haven are encouraged to apply for funding. Areas of focus include: basic needs such as meals, clothing and shelter; personal protective equipment such as masks and sanitizer; educational assistance and remote learning needs; mental health support; child care; and provisions to support social distancing, personal hygiene and space cleaning. 

The Yale Community for New Haven Fund has made the following donations to date:

Child Care

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
All Our Kin Provide health and safety supplies as well as support for basic needs to child care providers in its network. $30,000
Calvin Hill Day Care Center Purchase PPE and cleaning supplies in order to meet state-mandated COVID-19 safety and cleaning standards. $5,000
CERCLE Support unexpected and increased expenses experienced by New Haven child care programs in light of the pandemic. $18,000
Edgewood PTA Child Care Program Provide staff and children with masks, face shields, sanitizing products necessary to stay safe during program hours. $1,500
New Haven YMCA Youth Center Provide free emergency child care for healthcare frontline workers. $15,000

Food

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Apostle Immigrant Services Provide food and PPE for local residents negatively impacted by the pandemic. $7,500
Arte Provide grocery store gift cards to Fair Haven families who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $15,000
Believe In Me Empowerment Corporation Support its food bank in the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods and provide extended time in transitional housing for clients.  $25,000
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Stock and support food pantry; sanitize building to help ensure a virus-free environment for food pantry recipients and volunteers. $10,000
Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church Provide food delivery to food insecure senior citizens and low-income families who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $15,000
Boys and Girls Club of New Haven Provide gift cards for food and utility payments for families negatively affected by the pandemic. $20,000
Christian Love Center Church Provide food, PPE and personal hygiene items to local residents negatively affected by the pandemic. $10,000
Church of God and Saints Support its food bank in the Dwight neighborhood. $10,000
City of Refuge Ministry Provide food, personal hygiene items, and medical appointment transportation for New Haven residents in need due to the pandemic. $1,800
CitySeed Adapt its farmers markets during the crisis to ensure basic food access for the New Haven community. $10,000
Clifford Beers Clinic Provide grocery store gift cards for client families whose income has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $20,000
Common Ground School Provide food to food-insecure families; operate a free, fresh food mobile market. $25,000
Community Soup Kitchen Assist with procurement and delivery of food and supplies for its soup kitchen; purchase PPE, cleaning supplies, plexi shields in order to reopen soup kitchen to provide meals to New Haven residents impacted by the pandemic. $40,110
Coordinated Food Assistance Network (CFAN) Support a delivery system created in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK), Loaves and Fishes, and others to deliver food to those stricken by COVID-19, are immunocompromised, or unable to leave their homes. $150,000
CT Cowboys Fan Club Provide Thanksgiving meals to children and families in the Hill North, Hill South, and West River neighborhoods who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $4.500
Delta Iona Sigma Deliver food to at-risk families in the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods; support a COVID health education and outreach program in partnership with New Haven salons and barber shops. $20,000
Dominican Sisters of Peace Provide grocery store gift cards to local immigrant families who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $6,000
Fair Haven Community Health Clinic Support mobile food pantry, COVID food package program in support of New Haven patients who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $10,000
Faith Inspired Servants Serving Others (F.I.S.H.O.R.S.) Provide food, personal hygiene items to homeless individuals and underemployed New Haven residents. $20,000
FISH of Greater New Haven Deliver meals to homebound senior citizens and immunocompromised New Haven residents; support Pantry to Pantry Holiday Drive, which will provide homebound New Haven residents with complete meals during the holidays. $30,850
Havenly Treats Provide meals to local immigrant families negatively impacted by the pandemic. $16,000
Haven’s Harvest Distribute free food during the pandemic to families in the Hill and West Hills neighborhoods. $15,000
His Divine Will Fellowship Provide food and gift cards to New Haven children and families at Thanksgiving and Christmas who have been severely impacted by the pandemic; provide infant formula to New Haven parents whose incomes have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $3,000
Inspired Communities Provide food for four months to families in Newhallville and Dixwell, and to expand online access to food distribution calendar. $30,000
Keep New Haven Thriving Support local restaurants in providing meals to frontline workers. $100,000
Kingdom International Economic Development Corp Support weekly food and PPE distributions for five months in support of residents, primarily in the Dixwell neighborhood, who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $25,000
Loaves and Fishes Provide food to the increased number of families in need during the pandemic. $25,000
Mount Zion Baptist Church Provide food during Thanksgiving and Christmas events in support of New Haven residents who have been negatively affected by the pandemic. $2,850
National Veterans Council for Legal Redress Provide food and PPE for local veterans who have been affected by the pandemic. $15,000
New Haven Food Policy Council Support the coordination of citywide anti-hunger efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. $5,000
New Haven Pride Center Establish a food distribution network and provide support services during the crisis.  $10,000
New HYTEs Provide grocery store gift cards, PPE, cleaning supplies to assist families with food insecurities and whose incomes have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.   $13,100
Noah’s Dove Provide meals and grocery items to members of the Dwight community who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. $5,000
‘r Kids Family Center Provide food to clients experiencing food insecurity due to the pandemic. $6,400
Saint Ann’s Soup Kitchen and Emergency Food Pantry Purchase food and PPE for use and distribution through its soup kitchen and emergency food pantry during the pandemic. $11,000
Square Meals New Haven / Comidas Completas New Haven  Support local restaurants in providing meals to 250 homeless individuals currently housed in local hotels. $100,000
Thomas Chapel Church of Christ Provide meals for those in need of food baskets at weekly Soup Kitchen, distribute PPE to over 200 members and Hill residents; provide financial assistance for unemployed and bereaved families who have been impacted by COVID. $15,000
The Towers Foundation Provide food to elderly residents who have been severely impacted by the pandemic; provide personal protective equipment for its staff, elderly low-income residents and their aides to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. $42,500
Urban Community Alliance  Provide low-income families with food and provide internet access needed during the pandemic. $10,000
Uttermost Deliverance and Restoration Ministries Provide the Fair Haven and Downtown homeless population with food and PPE. $5,000
Varick Memorial AME Zion Church Provide food pantry items and PPE to New Haven residents experiencing increased need due to the pandemic. $5,000

Health

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Cornell Scott Hill Health Center Support telehealth services and to provide personal protective equipment for its providers who are conducting in-person visits. $10,000
Holy Ghost Deliverance III Tabernacle Provide Homeward Bound Survival Kits to Brookside residents in order to better meet the challenges of homeshooling, working from home, or being confined to the home. $8,000
Interruptions Support production of a local virtual play with audience engagement to provide discussion around mental health and the effects of trauma that have been compounded by the pandemic. $10,000
Mobile Maternal Health Care Van Provide critical postpartum medical care to high-risk women and their newborn infants who face barriers in accessing care during the pandemic. $32,000
Nuts About Health Provide New Haven families negatively affected by the pandemic with PPE and gift cards to purchase healthy food. $10,000
One Village Healing Provide online wellness classes to support New Haven residents during the pandemic. $10,000
TeleHealth Access for Seniors Provide New Haven seniors and low-income residents with smart devices via their clinics for telemedicine appointments, digital connectivity, and wellness tools. $4,000
The Perfect Blend Provide support for virtual programming to youth addressing pandemic-related grief and loss. $10,000
WLM Ministries Provide support for a program addressing emotional and psychological impacts of the pandemic experienced by residents in the Hill, Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods. $10,000
Yale-China Association Support artist-led initiative providing wellness programs and mindfulness sessions geared toward Chinese-speaking members of the New Haven community who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $6,000

Housing/Shelter

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Columbus House Provide expanded twenty-four hour care and meals to its homeless clients during the pandemic. $30,000
Communicare Provide rental assistance for low-income clients in danger of eviction or in financial crisis due to the pandemic. $36,800
CT Bail Fund Provide housing support, food assistance, PPE to client families whose income has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $7,500
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) Provide a daytime drop-in center during the pandemic for local clients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. $30,000
Emergency Shelter Management Systems Provide masks, cleaning supplies and meals to homeless clients. $10,000
Fellowship Place Support expanded daytime drop-in for homeless and provide meals for its low-income clients. $10,000
Grace Chapel Church of the Living God, P.G.T. Support its shelter for women. $7,400
Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) Provide emergency housing assistance, a food pantry, medical care, and mental health services for its clients.  $30,000
Junta for Progressive Action Provide rental assistance to families suffering financial losses due to the pandemic; provide technology required for youth to attend virtual educational programming. $25,000
Leadership, Education & Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) Provide emergency housing and food funds to at-risk New Haven families. $40,000
Liberty Community Services  Provide support for increased basic needs of clients in supportive housing and to provide PPE for case managers. $15,000
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven Provide emergency rental assistance for low-income families and support homeowner education. $10,000
New Haven Legal Assistance Provide assistance to New Haven residents navigating pandemic-related housing and immigration issues. $50,000
New Reach Support emergency homeless shelters and related food services. $10,000
Students for Educational Justice Support a COVID relief fund that will provide emergency utility and rent payments for New Haven families whose income has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $10,000
Youth Continuum Increase hours to provide 24-hour care so that homeless youth can shelter in place.  $15,000

Other Basic Needs

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
All Access Training and Student-Athlete Development Provide free mentoring, academic guidance and fitness programming for New Haven Public School middle-school students unable to access these services due to closure of schools and cancellation of interscholastic sports activities. $2,500
APNH–A Place to Nourish Your Health Provide tablets and data connectivity to New Haven clients who are experiencing isolation as a result of the pandemic. $4,500
Arts Council of Greater New Haven Provide emergency financial assistance to members of the creative community in New Haven suffering financial losses due to pandemic. $15,000
BHCare Inc. Provide meals, personal hygiene items, space cleaning supplies, PPE, bus passes for clients who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $6,000
Breakthrough Church Provide meals, PPE, hand sanitizer to New Haven residents in need due to the pandemic. $15,000
Casa Otoñal Purchase technology for seniors to promote virtual communication with families and health care practitioners. $5,000
Children’s Community Programs of CT Provide basic needs and emergency assistance to youth and young adults in supportive programming who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. $20,000
Christ Chapel Church Provide food to the homeless and care packages to New Haven senior citizens; provide financial assistance to unemployed and bereaved New Haven families; upgrade building technology in order to give local residents access to wifi and computers in order to perform job searches and complete school work. $11,000
Christian Community Action Provide emergency essential needs for its shelter families. $5,000
Collab Support development of small businesses owned by people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic; provide tablets to participants in Food Business Accelerator Program who are unable to afford them due to negative impacts on their income during the pandemic. $7,000
Community Action Agency Provide tablets to senior citizens participating in programming and create connectivity  during the pandemic. $5,000
Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology Provide rapid emergency financial support for families in the Newhallville and Dixwell neighborhoods. $50,000
Connecticut Violence Prevention Program Purchase laptops and basic needs items required by re-entry population to assist them in securing employment during pandemic. $10,000
Continuum of Care Provide food to clients, disinfecting supplies for its group homes and crisis centers, and personal protection equipment for staff. $20,000
COVID Collaborative for Immigrants Establish an emergency COVID fund for immigrants; support navigation of COVID-resources via bi-lingual interpreters. $10,000
CT Students for a Dream Provide mental health support, direct aid, and technology support to undocumented immigrant youth and families in New Haven who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $5,000
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, New Haven Alumnae Chapter Provide hygiene kits including sanitary products for young women and girls in families suffering financial losses due to the pandemic. $15,000
Diaper Bank of Connecticut Increase distribution of diapers to New Haven partner sites. $10,000
East Rock Halloween Project Support a socially-distanced, multicultural event to provide a safe trick-or-treating alternative for children and families. $1,000
EMERGE Connecticut Provide basic needs for formerly incarcerated New Haven residents who currently serve as EMERGE crew members. $10,000
Evergreen Family Oriented Tree Provide New Haven clients with sanitizing supplies, food and clothing. $4,000
Faith Power Deliverance Center Provide PPE and food to New Haven residents who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $10,000
Faith Temple Revival Center Provide food, clothing, PPE to New Haven residents negatively impacted by the pandemic; deep clean church. $10,000
First Calvary Baptist Church Support cleaning required to reopen the church building, provide PPE to the community; improve technology in order to serve as a hub for members of the community in need of access to computers and Wi-Fi. $15,000
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Provide clothing, housing, meal deliveries, PPE, pay utility bills for program participants whose income has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $5,000
Greater Mt. Carmel Pentecostal Church Provide food, PPE, personal hygiene products to local residents who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic; sanitize building in advance of providing a Wi-Fi hotspot and tutoring program for neighborhood children. $10,000
Greater New Haven Clergy Association Provide food and basic needs to New Haven families who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. $25,000
Marrakech Provide masks and disinfecting supplies to New Haven clients; purchase chromebooks for youth to help bridge technology divide during the pandemic; provide emergency funding for basic needs items. $16,000
Meeting Place Worship Center Provide PPE and access to technology to support virtual learning. $10,000
Mount Calvary Holy Church Revival Center Provide food, masks, disinfectant, toiletries, and supportive services to families suffering financial losses during the pandemic. $10,000
Mount Zion Pentecostal Church Provide food, PPE, personal hygiene items, internet hot spots, and transportation for New Haven residents negatively affected by the pandemic. $10,000
National Council of Negro Women, Inc provide sanitary products to young women and girls in families suffering financial losses due to the pandemic. $15,000
New Flame Restoration Church Provide New Haven residents with food, clothing and santizing supplies. $4,000
New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church Provide food, PPE, and COVID-19 prevention educational materials to New Haven families who are being impacted by the pandemic. $10,000
New Haven Chapter of Links Provide masks for New Haven youth and food assistance for New Haven families. $10,000
New Haven Free Public Library Foundation Create Wi-Fi hotspot and a Wi-Fi hotspot lending program to help bridge the digital divide experienced by local residents who are isolated at home without access to the internet. $37,000
New Haven Inner City Enrichment (NICE) Program Provide warm clothing, personal hygiene products to local residents who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $5,000
New Haven Pearls of Excellence Foundation Provide child-sized, reusable masks for youth and skin balm and food gift cards for senior citizens. $10,000
New Lifestyles Transitional Housing for Women Provide food gift cards and an emergency fund for utility and rent payments for New Haven clients whose impact has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $2,600
New Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ Support food bank efforts and provide PPE to local families. $15,000
Phenomenal I Am Provide  emergency assistance, food, winter clothing, and virtual mentoring to the program’s New Haven Public School participants whose families have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $9,400
Powerhouse Temple of Deliverance Provide financial support and safety supplies to at-risk and low-income members of the New Haven community who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $15,000
Rising Star Ministries Provide emergency financial support, food, and safety supplies to at-risk and low-income New Haven residents who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic; provide technology to local youth in order to access virtual learning sessions. $10,000
Squash Haven Create a utility bill and rent payment emergency relief fund for undocumented families whose financial circumstances have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $10,000
URU The Right to Be Support risk communication and risk-reduction initiative designed for and implemented by people of color to address the inequitable impact on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities from the COVID-19 virus. $20,000
Walk of Faith Church Support weekly food pantry distributions; provide backpacks to local students filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items. $8,000
Way of the Cross International Bible Way Church Provide food and PPE to local families; support increased santization of church in response to COVID. $12,750

Personal Protective Equipment Supplies

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Abundant Harvest Outreach Ministries Support COVID-related costs added to free summer program offered to New Haven families. $3,000
Alma Radio 107.5 FM Provide masks to New Haven residents. $5,000
Bereavement Care Network Provide COVID safety supplies to families in its network. $11,000
Community Place-making in Engagement Network (CPEN) Purchase materials needed to support safe social distancing while engaging in outdoor activities in Newhallville’s Learning Corridor along the Farmington Canal; provide PPE and sanitizer to local seniors who have been isolated during the pandemic. $3,500
DreamKit Provide PPE to homeless and near-homeless young adult program participants. $550
Dwight/Edgewood/West River Neighborhoods Provide masks and disinfectant supplies for families in the Dwight, Edgewood, and West River communities. $10,000
God’s Miracles Unlimited Outreach Purchase PPE to enable volunteers to provide spiritual support to Leeway Hospice and Clifton House patients whose loved ones are unable to visit due to pandemic restrictions. $5,000
Greater New Haven NAACP Purchase and distribute masks to members of the community. $2,500
Hill Neighborhood Purchase 25,000 masks for distribution throughout the four wards in the Hill neighborhood. $7,000
Ice the Beef Provide child-sized clear masks to local youth; provide clear masks and first aid training to volunteers. $11,000
Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven Provide cloth masks for its low-income elderly clients, and plexiglass driver shields in volunteer vehicles used for transporting clients to medical appointments. $2,300
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven To distribute 50,000 free masks in New Haven. $20,000
Marrakech Provide PPE and store gift cards for basic needs items to clients whose income has been negatively impacted during the pandemic. $5,000
New Haven Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Provide care packages to New Haven families that include PPE and personal hygiene items. $10,000
Phenomenal I Am Provide food, masks, and disinfectant supplies to at-risk youth and their families during the pandemic. $5,400
Project MORE Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies to reentry clients. $2,000
Prosperity House Provide PPE for COVID-19 prevention, as well as updated technology required for clients to conduct employment searches. $4,300
Rising Star Ministries Provide PPE, cleaning supplies, food, emergency financial support to at-risk and low-income New Haven residents who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic; provide technology to local youth in order to access virtual learning sessions. $10,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities of CT and Western MA Provide personal protective equipment for all New Haven staff and visiting families. $9,093
Ruth’s Kids Closet Provide children in Newhallville hand sanitizer, reusable face masks, age-appropriate educational materials explaining COVID-19 prevention and warm coats for the winter. $10,000
Sanctuary Kitchen Support COVID-responsive costs for its program that partners with immigrants and refugees to build economic opportunity. $10,000
Sunrise Café Provide PPE to New Haven residents receiving food donations from the café. $4,000
Traveler on a Mission Provide PPE, personal hygiene items to meet the immediate needs of local homeless individuals. $1,500

Remote Learning

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Greater New Haven Clergy Association Fund two learning hubs to enable New Haven Public School students to engage in remote learning in professionally supervised environments. $31,000
H.O.P.E. Inc. Purchase PPE and technology necessary to provide a safe space for New Haven Public School students during remote learning school days. $10,000
New Haven Learning Hubs Collective Fund New Haven learning hubs to enable New Haven Public School students to engage in site-based supervised remote learning. $200,000
Upon This Rock Ministries Disinfect church in preparation for school day learning program for New Haven Public School students; provide supplies for free food program. $20,000

Virtual Education

Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Achievement First Purchase Chromebooks and wireless hotspots to enable students to engage in remote learning and complete school assignments. $25,000
ARC of Greater New Haven Provide tablets to support staff and individuals with severe intellectual and develomental disabilities to enable them to participate in live virtual classroom and support sessions. $5,000
Concepts for Adaptive Learning Upgrade technology to support virtual educational programming. $10,000
Connecticut Center for Nonviolence Support virtual convening of the community with local law enforcement to address stressors related to COVID-19. $7,000
Construction Workforce Initiative 2 Support virtual construction job training for young adults in New Haven. $15,000
Farnam Community Support distance learning opportunities for high-risk children unable to attend school in person during the pandemic. $7,500
Gateway Community College Foundation Purchase laptops needed by students to attend online classes and complete coursework. $66,000
Highville Charter School Purchase Chromebooks to enable its students to access online educational resources and complete school work. $15,000
Horizons at Foote School Support afterschool programming for New Haven students designed to help stem learning loss associated with remote learning. $5,000
Literacy Council of Greater New Haven Purchase Chromebooks and educational materials to enable continuation of literacy skills programming for adult ESOL learners. $20,000
Music Notes Kids Club Provide program supplies and equipments to afterschool program participants whose families have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $1,000
Neighborhood Music School Provide chromebooks and microphones to New Haven Public School students participating in its Developing Education & Leadership through the Arts (DELTA) program whose families become underemployed or unemployed during the pandemic. $5,000
New Haven Public Schools Support the purchase of Chromebooks for New Haven Public School students. $250,000
New Haven Reads Purchase mobile hotspots and prepare laptops to enable families to participate in remote summer reading program. $15,000
Read to Grow Distribute free books to families in the Fair Haven and Hill neighborhoods as they pick up free meals distributed at local public schools. $15,000
Ready Inc. Provide remote tutoring and mentoring for Wexler Grant School students who have had a high number of absences during the pandemic. $3,500
Solar Youth Provide materials and technology to families to support virtual summer programming. $10,000
St. Martin de Porres Academy Support technology upgrade at school to enable teachers to provide virtual classes to New Haven students. $4,000
     
  Total $2,926,076.75