The spiral of poverty can repeat across generations. The lack of basic needs can endanger education, health, job security, psychological well-being, and personal safety. Children are often the hardest-hit. And when natural disaster or acts of violence strike, even secure families and individuals can be thrown into a cycle of turmoil that can last for years.
Corning Incorporated Foundation’s investment in human services programs is aimed at strategically combatting this spiral and also offering immediate aid when the unexpected happens.
It is, at its very core, an investment in community resilience. It helps ensure that people have the tools and support they need to survive difficult times and build a healthy, thriving future. Programs addressing the specific needs of at-risk youth are of particular importance.
Human services programs have a profound impact on every other aspect of the Foundation’s giving strategy. Children who are well-fed and feel safe at home can concentrate and learn more in school. This increases their chances, for example, of meeting math standards, a direct stepping-stone to a well-paying career. Adults who are healthy are better able to work, creating stability for themselves and their families. Neighborhood revitalization efforts prevent blight, drawing in volunteers with a strong sense of ownership and pride.
The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes administered the COVID-19 Unity Response Fund in order to support the efforts of local nonprofit organizations. The COVID-19 Unity Response Fund accepted proposals that focused on basic needs, support for vulnerable populations, and easing the burden on essential workers.
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