FCA gets $20K grant for pandemic response

The Family & Children’s Association has been awarded a $20,000 grant to support the purchase of telehealth technology, procurement of personal protective gear and meals for its clients during the global health crisis.

The grant was given by the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation, according to a FCA statement.

Recognized as an essential frontline direct service provider, FCA was chosen as a recipient for the grant due to the organization’s response to the human services needs of Long Island residents. The money will be used to bolster FCA’s range of services that address the impacts of the coronavirus on vulnerable populations within Nassau and Suffolk counties.

“From our residential programs for runaway and homeless youth to our mental health programs and addiction treatment services and beyond to our senior programs, we’ve seen how COVID-19 has laid bare all of the pre-existing health disparities that impact our region’s most vulnerable populations,” Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA president and CEO, said in the statement. “Our staff, volunteers and funders stepped-up during this crisis and we are grateful for the support we received from the Long Island Community Foundation. They’ve been a longtime partner and we appreciate their help in covering some of the unanticipated expenses that threatened programs.”

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