The Newton COVID-19 Care Fund as raised over $600,000 from more than 700 donors and has already begun disbursing emergency relief through Family Access of Newton, the Newton TAB reports.

The fund is designed to provide financial assistance to Newton residents, employees who hold or held jobs with Newton employers, and families with children receiving childcare services in Newton or enrolled in Newton Public Schools who have been financially burdened by the pandemic. Newton first responders, who incur new child care expenses or other expenses as a result of the crisis, are also eligible for assistance. The funds will pay for rent, utilities, internet connectivity for families with school-aged children, childcare, medications and other basic needs.

To apply for relief or donate to the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund, go here.

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