Inner-City Foundation Helps Fairfield County During Pandemic

The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education has granted more than a quarter of a million dollars in Emergency Funds to local Fairfield County organizations who responded to the Foundation’s call last month for Emergency Grant Funding requests.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have been able to respond quickly to help,” said Karen Barry Schwarz, Executive Director of The Inner-City Foundation. “The pandemic has put tremendous pressure on the kinds of programs and organizations we support, and on their clients – we are happy we have been able to get funds out there in the community quickly.”

On April 1, The Inner-City Foundation put out a call for grant requests related to increased or specific need related to COVID-19 in Fairfield County. Throughout the past month, through an expedited but thorough evaluation process, The Inner-City Foundation has awarded $272,000 in grants to 27 different Fairfield County organizations.

“Funds are already in the hands of or on their way to our grantees so they can be put to use right now, when and where they are needed most,” said Schwarz. “The need in Fairfield County is great, and even greater now, at the time of this pandemic, especially for those who fall below the poverty line.”

The majority of the funds went to programs providing food and/or shelter, but also to new online education needs, tax help for refugees and immigrants, domestic violence help, mental health services, personal protective equipment for EMS programs, and financial aid for basic needs like rent and utilities for many.

A complete list of grants awarded follows.

Grants awarded, April/May 2020, Covid-19 response

Alpha Community Services YMCA

Food for Homeless 

Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust

Help for Affordable Housing Residents

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

Essential Food Items

Building One Community

Emergency Assistance for Immigrants

Caroline House

Online Instruction in ESL

Catholic Charities

Immigration Services

Center for Family Justice

Domestic Violence Safe House

Circle of Care

Help for Familes Affected by Childhood Cancer

Connecticut Association for Human Services

Tax Help for Low-Income Families

Connecticut Food Bank

Essential Food Items

CT Institute for Refugees & Immigrants

Youth Home Education Support

Continuum of Care

Mental Health Services

Council of Churches Greater Bridgeport

Food Pantry

Domus Kids

Food & Hygience Products for Kids

Filling In The Blanks

Weekend Meal Program for Children

Greenwich Emergency Medical Service

Personal Protective Equipment

Homes with Hope

Food & Shelter for Homeless


Food & Shelter for Homeless

Mercy Learning Center

Relief for ESL Students’ Financial Distress 

New Covenant Center

Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

Norma Pfreim Breast Center

Emergency Financial Help for Patients 

Open Doors Shelter

Food & Shelter

Pacific House

Emergency Meals Program


Shelter for Adults with Mental Illness 

Person to Person

Food Pantries and Mobile Food Truck

Thomas Merton Center

Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry

Women’s Center of Greater Danbury

Domestic VIolence Help

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