Please note that the last day to apply for the Radio Kingston Community Fund to assist with bills was Friday, May 22nd. We are, however, still accepting applications for gift cards to purchase food and gas.
Since applications opened on March 23rd, the Community Fund has processed nearly 700 requests. With a one time, once per year limit per applicant of 500.00, the Fund has disbursed a combination of individual, community organization and business donations of more than 400,000.00 dollars. While we realize that the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue on, the ability of the Community Fund to continue to operate in its current form is not sustainable and we call on local, state and federal elected officials to continue to advocate for the mass relief that will be required to help the most vulnerable among us.
Many thanks to the Kingston Resilience group who formed immediately after the “P.A.U.S.E” began to address the issues of food and other security: Rise Up Kingston, O+, Wild Earth, Harambee, Kingston Land Trust, MyKingstonKids, Midtown Rising, Kingston Interfaith Council, Good Work Institute, Community Action, Kingston Food Coop, YMCA Farm Project, and The Current. Herzog’s, Kenco, and Ryan and Ryan Insurance also made significant contributions to the fund.
Additionally, much gratitude to Family of Woodstock for processing the applications and facilitating the disbursement of the funds.
Applications for gift cards to purchase food and gas through the Community Fund will be available on the Radio Kingston and Family of Woodstock websites; in person at Radio Kingston: 718 Broadway and at Family of Woodstock, 39 John Street. You can also call Family of Woodstock: 331 7080.