FCA receives $20K grant to support COVID-19 response efforts

The Island Now

FCA, one of Long Island’s largest not-for-profit organizations, has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation to support the purchase of telehealth technology and the procurement of PPE, supplies, and meals for its clients during the COVID-19 global health crisis.

Recognized as an essential frontline direct service provider during the coronavirus pandemic, the Mineola-based FCA has been chosen as a recipient for this grant due to the organization’s response to the human services needs of Long Island’s residents.

With these funds, FCA will continue to strengthen the capacity of their wide range of services and supports to address the impacts of the coronavirus on vulnerable populations within Nassau and Suffolk County.

As residents were asked to “shelter in place” and businesses were closing their doors, FCA remained steadfast on the front lines, with program staff stepping up to increase services to children, families, seniors, and communities in need.

FCA’s ability to serve the ongoing public health needs within the organization’s five divisions has been bolstered by this grant, now enabling FCA to continue with its work at the level needed to help those facing social, emotional, and economic challenges as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

“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,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA President & CEO. “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.”

“The COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund in the Long Island Community Foundation was launched to help front-line direct service providers strengthen their capacity to address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” says David M. Okorn, Executive Director of the Foundation. “With the generous contributions from many donors, we’re happy to be able to provide immediate support to the Family & Children’s Association.”

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