The Geneva Center of Concern
March 16, 2020
It is with an abundance of caution that we have decided to temporarily close only the Thrift Store portion of The Geneva Center of Concern. With the COVID-19 virus being a serious concern, we need to do our best to protect our vulnerable volunteer population. We believe that by reducing the foot traffic into our store, we are helping to do our part to reduce the potential virus impact in the Geneva community. During this time we will not be able to accept donations of clothing and household items. Please do not bring them to the Center.
However! The Food Pantry will remain open during normal hours (Monday-Friday, 10AM-1PM), and will be ramping up efforts to provide emergency food to neighbors in Geneva in need. Although our usual pantry service will be changed somewhat, allowing for minimal personal contact, our dedicated volunteers will be on location, bagging food prior to client arrival as requested. We will be delivering the food to clients at the pantry entry or will carry to your vehicle.
While we currently have a good supply of food in our warehouse, we expect it to go quickly as we enter into the second half of the month when, in normal circumstances, food supplies for families are running low.
We would greatly appreciate donations of non-perishable items, so we can continue to offer quality foods to all who ask for our help. In addition, if you have free time, we would appreciate new volunteers, as several of our regular people have had to take a break being considered in the high-risk group.
We are often asked for suggestions for foods to donate, but please keep in mind that everything is welcome. We regularly stock the following: hearty canned soups, pasta sauce and pasta, boxed macaroni &cheese, peanut butter & jelly, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal and granola bars.
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts and for your understanding with what we think is the best way to handle the current situation we all face. We hope to re-open the Thrift Store by the first of April; a decision which will be finalized based on the restrictions placed on us by COVID-19 virus developments.
Cheryl H. Toor, Director
Geneva Center of Concern, Inc.
Update, March 18, 2020
On March 17th, our pantry served a record number of individuals (101) looking for emergency food assistance, more than half of them being seniors.
As you know, out thrift store’s main purpose is to raise funds to purchase food for our pantry. With the thrift store currently closed, we are needing to stock much more food than we normally do at this time of year. That, coupled with schools being closed, the demand on our supplies is increasingly steady.
We would greatly appreciate any and all donations of food. While our pantry remains open 10-1 weekdays, we are on location from 8-3 each day. Please call ahead if you would like to donate and we will be happy to accommodate a time that works best.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Cheryl H. Toor, Director
For more information on how the Center is responding to the COVID-19 virus, please check out Current Updates and the listing of Urgently Needed Items found under the Current News tab on this website.
Since its beginning in 1972, the Geneva Center of Concern has provided assistance to individuals, households, and families in and around the city of Geneva, New York who have fallen upon hard times with no place else to turn. The Center acts as a safety net, a sympathetic ear, and provides a helping hand, to address critical human needs, shore up the spirits, bolster the hopes, and affirm dignity and a sense of worth for the people it serves. Food, clothing, social service referrals, and many other resources are provided to support people through difficult times and help them to improve their lives.
The Geneva Center of Concern serves those in need throughout the year in numerous ways. Primary programs that are organized and overseen by the Director and Assistant to the Director together with assistance from many exceptional volunteers include:
- A Food Pantry that provides food on a scheduled basis to needy individuals and families. Sources of food include federal programs such as Food Link and numerous donations from local farms, food companies, local citizens and grocery stores. In 2019 the Pantry distributed food to 3,126 families representing 8765 individuals, thereby providing enough for 78,885 meals.
- A Thrift Store stocked with clothing and household items that are sold at very low prices. Individuals and families facing severe hardship receive clothing and other household necessities without charge. In 2019, 179 Thrift Store vouchers (totaling $3,228 worth of merchandise) were provided to needy individuals with emergency needs. Income earned from the Store helps to purchase food for the Pantry and to cover other operational costs of the Center.
- Emergency assistance of various forms was provided to 378 individuals in 2019.
- Annually, Operation Merry Christmas, provides families with gifts for children and food to prepare a Holiday meal. In 2019, 734 individuals received food and gifts for family members ranging from infant to age 18.
- A scholarship program for needy local high school students. This program continues to grow; currently three $1000 scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis annually .
58 Avenue D
Geneva, NY 14456
THRIFT STORE HOURS
Monday ..... 10AM–3PM
Tuesday ..... 10AM–3PM
Wednesday ..... 10AM–3PM
Thursday ..... 10AM–3PM
Friday ..... 10AM–3PM
Saturday ..... 10AM–12:30PM
Sunday ..... Closed
FOOD PANTRY HOURS