Our Response to Covid-19


Dear Partners of the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation,


We are humbled and honored to be working with all of you as we cope with the effects of a worldwide pandemic. Throughout this rapidly changing situation, we are keeping the care and safety of our partners and community members central in our minds as we fulfill our mission. We recognize that the pandemic is causing a range of needs in our region. Our team is currently working to identify those needs as we determine how to best support our partners and the community we serve.


To Our GWCHF Partners -
Given our small size, we are fortunate to have personal relationships with you, and we are committed to tailoring our support to meet your individual needs. Please keep in close contact with the Foundation staff members who work with you on an ongoing basis. We are here to serve.


For Nonprofit Organizations & Safety Net Agencies – Emergency Funding Grants Available. (click here to download application)

In a proactive response to an anticipated surge in needs due to the COVID-19 crisis, we will provide emergency response grants to eligible local nonprofit organizations and safety net agencies that serve our community’s most vulnerable residents. Questions? Contact Andi Merfeld, Community Engagement and Grants Coordinator

If you do not need financial assistance but would benefit from volunteer support, please contact Melinda Mueller at mmueller@watertownhealthfoundation.com and we will work to connect you with volunteers.


For Individual Community Members -
Volunteer Commitments
Our community has witnessed an outpouring of generosity - individuals, civic and faith groups reaching out to learn how they can best support one another during this unprecedented time. GWCHF is maintaining a database of people willing to offer their time and/or resources to support vulnerable residents. Please use this online form to indicate your availability and abilities to volunteer as opportunities become available. Our staff and/or partners will be in contact with volunteers as needs are identified.

Staying Safe

The Foundation will not host or convene in-person meetings or events of any size until further notice. When possible and as necessary, we will hold meetings digitally. Additionally, we encourage you to:

Information for the Greater Watertown Community

We Are Here to Serve

Our staff members are available and eager to serve the community. Please contact Foundation staff members with any questions you may have. Thank you to all in our community for coming together to support one another during this difficult time. Together, we will get through this and come out stronger and more resilient as a result of our collective efforts.

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