COVID-19: Give to the COVID-19 Unity Response Fund

Logo for COVID 19 Unity Response Fund with smaller logos for partner agencies

April 1, 2020: 

United Way of the Southern Tier is proud to partner with the Corning Incorporated Foundation, Triangle Fund (in honor of Amo Houghton), and Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, to create the COVID-19 Unity Response Fund.

The fund provide grants to help local nonprofit agencies that serve Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties: 
Support basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, and other essentials such as toiletries; 
• Offer assistance to our most vulnerable populations including senior citizens, children and families in need; 
• Help essential workers in our community on the frontlines of COVID-19 by supporting childcare and transportation; 
• Provide mental health services to support our community in these challenging times. 

“United Way of the Southern Tier is proud to be a part of the Unity Fund. While our community has endured floods and economic downturns, this is something new and seems to change daily, but this community is up to the challenge. We will come together to help each other now and as this crisis unfolds,” said Stephen M. Hughes, president and CEO of United Way of the Southern Tier.  


All funds collected will be awarded through grants to nonprofits in our community. The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes will administer grants from the fund. Application information is available here.

Information about grant awards is being shared weekly  We hope that this transparency will help the community navigate available resources.


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the COVID-19 Unity Response Fund. 

The fund is not for individuals, but individuals will benefit from the grants made to nonprofits. If you are looking for resources now, please call 2-1-1 or text your Zip Code to 898211 or call 1-800-346-2211 or visit 2-1-1 is a full-service contact center that connects people to the assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living as well as those that develop during emergencies. 2-1-1 is free and confidential.