In Their Own Words: Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries
GWIM provides a 7-day-a-week soup kitchen and an emergency food pantry but our congregate seating stopped during the pandemic. We also could not provide customer-choice in our food pantry because we couldn’t properly enforce social distancing of customers. And, the cost of doing business increased as the number of volunteers was limited just as we faced new costs associated with serving meals in take-out containers.
We received a $15,000 and that grant absolutely made a difference. Lower-income communities, like Waterbury, were hard hit by COVID-19, putting more pressure on non-profits such as GWIM. We are doing our best to raise and collect as much money as possible to be prepared for whatever the future holds economically and we’re really blessed to have United Way of Greater Waterbury and the Connecticut Community Foundation in our corner. They really came through for us. We couldn’t keep our doors open and keep on doing what we’re doing if we didn’t have this type of support.