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UNITED WAY’S RESPONSE FUND FOR COVID-19 RECEIVES MAJOR GIFT OF $15,000 FROM NATIONAL GRID FOUNDATION

Helping Long Islanders coping with health and economic emergency 

 

May 26, 2020 (Deer Park) – United Way of Long Island’s “UNITED TOGETHER: A Response Fund For COVID-19” recently launched with contributions from leading supporters including a $15,000 gift from National Grid Foundation. The funding is enabling the not-for-profit to take immediate and continued action as well as act as a source of support to provide relief to thousands of Long Islanders in their time of need.
 
As many families are experiencing unexpected financial hardship, the Fund provides direct emergency financial assistance to help meet critical needs of food and household essentials. 
 
“Due to the action from foundations like National Grid Foundation, we have already helped over 5,000 Long Islanders who have been unemployed or furloughed due to the effects of COVID-19,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island.  She added, “This generous contribution is ensuring that we can continue to help families, now and in the future, afford basic necessities while they are not receiving a paycheck.” 
 
“We are pleased to be able to support United Way’s efforts and hope our contribution will provide some relief to those in need during this unprecedented situation,” said Edward White, executive director, National Grid Foundation. “We have a long history of serving as a community partner and understand the critical work our local organizations do. We are grateful to have them delivering much-needed services at this difficult time.”   
 
Interested philanthropic partners should contact United Way of Long Island’s President & CEO, Theresa Regnante at tregnante@unitedwayli.org or 631-940-3701, or Chief Development Officer, Craig Fligstein at craig@unitedwayli.org or 631-940-3752. 
 
Leading funders of UNITED TOGETHER: A Response Fund For COVID-19 include Bank of America, New York Jets, Rauch Foundation, National Grid, M&T Bank, The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation, Brookhaven National Lab/Brookhaven Science Associates, PSEG Long Island, The AmerisourceBergen Foundation, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, MSC Industrial Supply Co., Northville Industries, RXR, People’s United Community Foundation, Esquire Bank, National Grid Foundation, The Randi & Clifford Lane Foundation, City National Bank, GEICO, Island Outreach Foundation, Wells Fargo, United Way Worldwide, TriState Capital Bank, CVS Health, Deloitte, Iroquois Gas Transmission System, King Kullen Grocery Co., Sunshine Foundation, UPS, BlackRock, CNA, Philadelphia Insurance, Ridgewood Savings Bank, TA Mechanical Group Inc., Utica National Insurance Group, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, ACIT, CHUBB, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, Long Island Federation of Labor, LECSA, New Empire Group, Ltd., Transervice Logistics Inc., Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock and Branch 6000, National Association of Letter Carriers.
 
To learn more about UNITED TOGETHER: A Response Fund For COVID-19, visit www.unitedwayli.org/unitedtogetherfund.  
  
About United Way of Long Island 
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit UnitedWayLI.org, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
 
About National Grid Foundation  
National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation’s ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation now in its 21st year has granted nearly $25 million to local community organizations.  
 
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