When the House is on Fire, Grab a Bucket!
COVID-19 has reminded us that, in times of disaster, being a strategic grantmaker can mean throwing your plan out the window and helping your neighbors in any way you can. Our COVID-19 emergency grants are part of Liberty Bank’s comprehensive response to the pandemic, addressing the needs of bank customers, employees, businesses, nonprofits, and the community as a whole.
COVID-19 Emergency Grants
Local hospitals have been ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic. Our funding was given to support the many unplanned expenses hospitals incurred to cope with it.
- Hartford HealthCare - $25,000
- Middlesex Health - $25,000
- Trinity Health New England - $25,000
- Yale New Haven Health - $25,000
The pandemic has been especially hazardous to people staying in homeless shelters, which often have close quarters that don’t allow for social distancing. In many cases, shelter residents were moved to motels to wait out the pandemic safely, with shelter staff continuing to address their needs onsite. Our supplemental funding to the nonprofits below helped to offset a variety of unexpected expenses, including personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, added staff expenses, food, and more.
- The Connection, Inc. – Eddy Shelter, Middletown
- Columbus House – Middlesex Family Shelter and Temporary Pandemic Shelter
- Middlesex YMCA Schwartz Men’s Residence, Middletown
- New London Homeless Hospitality Center
- New Reach, New Haven
- Northeastern CT Coordinated Access Network, Windham
- Salvation Army, Waterbury
- South Park Inn, Hartford
- Mercy Housing and Shelter, Hartford
- Women & Families Center youth shelter – Meriden
- Connecticut Food Bank serves New Haven, Middlesex, Fairfield, Tolland, Windham, and New London Counties
- Foodshare serves Hartford and Litchfield Counties
- Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center serves New London County in partnership with Connecticut Food Bank
Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund - $20,000
The economic impact of the pandemic has been devastating to many Connecticut residents, including many who were already struggling to make ends meet. Our $20,000 grant provided $200 payments directly to individuals and families affected by job losses and other pandemic-related events.
Meriden-Wallingford Coronavirus Response Fund - $5,000
Liberty is proud to have joined with other corporate and philanthropic funders to create this new fund to support nonprofits in Meriden and Wallingford that have gone above and beyond to meet needs generated by the pandemic.
Connecticut Association for Human Services - $5,000
When the state shutdown occurred, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites around the state closed. But shortly afterward, VITA moved online. Liberty's funding helped to get the word out to low-income households that they still could get free tax preparation online, plus help with obtaining their Economic Impact [stimulus] payments and pandemic unemployment benefits, if eligible.
Windham Region Chamber of Commerce Foundation - $5,000
This small Chamber of Commerce has had a mighty impact on the sustainability of small businesses, nonprofits, and towns in the Windham region. It has become a hub of information, technical assistance, and connections to resources, constantly communicating and helping businesses to access government relief programs and understand new operational guidelines. Liberty's funding helped to keep these vital services going.
Responding to a global pandemic, even on the local level, isn’t a job for any single agency. We’re leveraging our power as a convener to help our nonprofit and government partners share information, coordinate services, and discover opportunities to collaborate.
We’re hosting online meetings for our nonprofit networks in greater New London and in Meriden to discuss the impact and response of the pandemic in different fields and on different populations:
Housing and Homelessness
Immigrants, Legal and Undocumented
In addition, we’re participating in conversations where funders and nonprofits are coming together to share what they’re seeing around the state and the nation. The goal is not just to address immediate needs, but also to plan for the future.
At a time when we need to stay apart to stay safe, Liberty employees are finding ways to pull together to support our neighbors. Check out our social media for the latest on how our colleagues are reaching out and stepping up!
Caring for Customers
Are you a Liberty customer? Then you probably already know about the array of services that Liberty is offering to support both individual and business customers who’ve been financially impacted by the pandemic. If you don’t know, you might want to pay a visit to the Liberty Bank website to learn more. And if you’re not a Liberty customer—don’t you wish you were?? That’s a wish our bank colleagues will be happy to help you with! You can get started here.