Yale Community for New Haven Fund

In response to the high number of cases of COVID-19 in the City of New Haven and the impact it is having on families and communities, the Yale community is responding by raising, as swiftly as possible, $5 million toward the newly established Yale Community for New Haven Fund, which we have set up in consultation with both the United Way of Greater New Haven and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The fund will be managed by Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs and overseen by an advisory committee, and we will begin distributions as soon as possible. Contributions by Yale staff, faculty and students will be matched by Yale up to the $5 million goal.

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Through the new fund, Yale will support the delivery of healthcare, nonprofit assistance to local businesses, community educational needs, and area not-for-profits focused on such pressing issues as the well-being of children and families, homelessness, and food insecurity.  The fund will focus initially on agencies providing healthcare and basic-needs services to those most affected by COVID-19.

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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
CERCLE Support unexpected and increased expenses experienced by New Haven child care programs in light of the pandemic. $18,000
New Haven YMCA Youth Center Provide free emergency child care for healthcare frontline workers. $15,000


Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
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
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
Church of God and Saints Support its food bank in the Dwight neighborhood. $10,000
CitySeed Adapt its farmers markets during the crisis to ensure basic food access for the New Haven community. $10,000
Common Ground School Provide food to food-insecure families; operate a free, fresh food mobile market. $15,000
Community Soup Kitchen Assist with procurement and delivery of food and supplies for its soup kitchen. $30,000
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
Delta Iona Sigma Deliver food to at-risk families in the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods. $15,000
FISH of Greater New Haven Deliver meals to homebound senior citizens and immunocompromised New Haven residents. $10,000
Havenly Treats Provide  meals to local immigrant families negatively impacted by the pandemic. $10,000
Haven’s Harvest Distribute free food during the pandemic to families in the Hill and West Hills neighborhoods. $15,000
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 distribution in the Dixwell neighborhood to New Haven residents who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. $25,000
National Veterans Council for Legal Redress Provide food and PPE for local veterans who have been affected by the pandemic. $10,000
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
‘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 $10,000
Urban Community Alliance  Provide low-income families with food and provide internet access needed during the pandemic. $10,000


Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
ARC of Greater New Haven Provide Chromebooks and Wi-Fi connectivity for individuals with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities to support participation in live virtual classroom and support service sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. $5,000
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
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
The Perfect Blend Provide support for virtual programming to youth addressing pandemic-related grief and loss. $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
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


Organization Purpose Amount Awarded
Columbus House Provide expanded twenty-four hour care to its homeless clients during the pandemic. $15,000
Communicare Provide rental assistance for low-income clients in danger of eviction or in financial crisis due to the pandemic. $36,800
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. $20,000
Leadership, Education & Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) Provide emergency housing and food funds to at-risk New Haven families. $30,000
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
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
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
Christian Community Action Provide emergency essential needs for its shelter families. $5,000
Collab To provide outreach and support to emerging businesses in New Haven impacted by COVID-19. $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
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
EMERGE Connecticut Provide basic needs for formerly incarcerated New Haven residents who currently serve as EMERGE crew members. $10,000
Marrakech Provide masks and disinfecting supplies to New Haven clients; purchase chromebooks for youth  $11,000
Mount Calvary Holy Church Revival Center Provide food, masks, disinfectant, toiletries, and supportive services to families suffering financial losses during the pandemic. $10,000
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 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 Increase Wi-Fi access to help bridge the digital divide for New Haven residents isolated at home during the pandemic without access to the internet. $37,000
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

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 families in the Fair Haven neighborhood. $5,000
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. $2,500
Dwight/Edgewood/West River Neighborhoods Provide masks and disinfectant supplies for families in the Dwight, Edgewood, and West River communities. $10,000
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
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
Phenomenal I Am Provide food, masks, and disinfectant supplies to at-risk youth and their families during the pandemic. $5,400
Ronald McDonald House Charities of CT and Western MA Provide personal protective equipment for all New Haven staff and visiting families. $9,093
Sanctuary Kitchen Support COVID-responsive costs for its program that partners with immigrants and refugees to build economic opportunity. $10,000
The Towers Foundation Provide personal protective equipment for its staff, elderly residents and their aides.  $25,000

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
Construction Workforce Initiative 2 Support virtual construction job training for young adults in New Haven. $15,000
Gateway Community College Foundation Purchase laptops needed by students to attend online classes and complete coursework. $26,000
Highville Charter School Purchase Chromebooks to enable its students to access online educational resources and complete school work. $15,000
Literacy Council of Greater New Haven Purchase Chromebooks to enable continuation of literacy skills programming for adult ESOL learners. $12,000
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
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 $1,778,593

The fund is one part of the University’s response to support the City of New Haven during the crisis. For more information, click here.

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