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People’s column

#GivingTuesdayNow

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Editor, OBSERVER:

Over the years, Giving Tuesday has emerged as a way to give back during the busy holiday season. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, many communities have launched a #GivingTuesdayNow movement for May 5 to raise dollars for emerging community needs.

In March, local foundations established the Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund-COVID-19 to address emerging needs as a result of the outbreak. Since then, our generous community has contributed more than $887,000, making it possible to grant $218,522 to 16 community-based organizations who have stepped up in unprecedented ways to provide support in securing food and personal hygiene items, identifying quality childcare, as well as, addressing health and public safety needs.

These grants are highlighted in a video on any one of our organization’s websites or social media.

However, as businesses remain closed and classrooms remain empty, many of our residents continue to struggle with loss of income and changes in daily routine.

The United Ways and Community Foundations of Chautauqua County remain committed to seeing our community through this challenging time. But we need your help. Please, join us, and the hundreds of community champions who have already contributed, to make a gift to our local Crisis Response Fund.

Donations can be made online at uwayscc.org or by mailing a check to the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, 208 Pine St., Jamestown. Please include Crisis Response Fund in the memo line. Together we will get through this.

Thank you for your continued support.

TORY IRGANG,

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

DIANE HANNUM,

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation

ADAM DOLCE,

United Way of Northern Chautauqua County

AMY ROHLER,

United Way of Southern Chautauqua County

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