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Good Work Institute launched the GWI Community Response Fund, a fundraising campaign, to activate our network and raise emergency funding for six regional groups that are out doing critical work to directly support people adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


We raised over $16,000 from 116 donors in 9 days!

We are so grateful to everyone who donated during this fundraising sprint (April 7 – 16, 2020). These times call for collective action, and your gift is the solid ground that will support those working on the front lines. 

The crisis brought by this coronavirus, and the disruption it is causing, will have long-term effects on our local economy and society. There will be much work to do later to rebuild and redesign our systems. But right now, we need to bolster the work of our neighbors and nonprofits who are providing food, services, and direct aid. The six groups supported by this campaign are hands-on: they are alleviating hunger, financial hardship, health emergencies, and the profound stress on individuals and families dealing with this unprecedented moment.

100% of donations to front-line work

100% of the funds raised were distributed to the six organizations listed below. Funds were needed quickly, so we ran this campaign as a sprint; it opened on April 7th and we made donations to the orgs on April 16th.

The Community Response Fund campaign is no longer active. If you’d like to support the work of Good Work Institute, we are gratefully accepting donations:

  1. Give online.
  2. If you would rather donate by check – please complete this pledge form and then mail a check made out to “Good Work Institute” to 65 St. James St. Kingston NY 12401, with “GWI Community Response Fund” in the memo line.
  3. If you have any questions or would like to talk about how you might be able to provide in-kind donations, please contact us by email.

Learn about the organizations

As a group, the organizations we supported with this campaign represent a broad range of community efforts that are effectively protecting vulnerable people across the Hudson Valley, and encouraging collaboration and action in the face of suffering and stress. We know there are many equally powerful efforts underway and while we celebrate them all, we have decided to support these six groups through the GWI Community Response Fund campaign:

Collectively Helping Our Neighbors

Collectively Helping Our Neighbors is an initiative in Newburgh that was created in response to recent community-wide emergencies. We believe a collaborative effort is vital to support our neighbors to create stronger communities. Our members contribute by donating, collecting, volunteering, hosting, transporting and supporting. We supply critical needs to people in our community, including food and everyday essentials.

Community Matters 2

Community Matters 2, Inc. is a nonprofit grassroots organization based in Poughkeepsie. We are an organization that works very closely with the community, to organize and to show the residents that by working together, we can find collective solutions for our collective problems. We also act as the bridge between the community and other organizations so resources are more easily accessible. We are a true grassroots organization from the top to the bottom. Poughkeepsie natives stand at the forefront of this organization. We are there to help.

Dutchess Responds

Community leaders, in conjunction with Dutchess County government have established the Dutchess Responds fund at Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. The purpose of Dutchess Responds is to provide critical needs such as food, medications and household essentials to individuals experiencing hardships or quarantine restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 virus emergency.

Family of Woodstock

Family of Woodstock continues to keep their shelters, hotline, transitional living sites, and walk-in sites open at this time, while providing a wide array of services including food, clothing, and support for survivors of domestic violence and homelessness.

Friends of Hudson Youth Food Bank

Friends of Hudson Youth is a dedicated group of Hudson neighbors who provide vital supplemental funding to Hudson’s Department of Youth. During the current crisis,the Youth Department is continuing to work with a reduced staff and volunteers to provide essential groceries to as many people as possible. Anybody living in Hudson who needs food, from homebound seniors to large families, can request a delivery.

Radio Kingston Community Fund

The Radio Kingston Community Fund is providing residents within the Kingston City School District who are in need of financial assistance one-time financial support to help during this especially difficult time. The fund will be administered by Family of Woodstock.