Wood Library joins others in providing community support

Remember when Canandaigua was listed as one of the 50 best places to live in upstate New York in 2019? As I saw friends sharing this point of pride on social media, I agreed. Thinking about the historic homes on Main Street, the grand courthouse, the picture-perfect downtown and, of course, the pristine waters of Canandaigua Lake, wasn’t it obvious?

Today, as our country battles COVID-19, we know that Canandaigua is not immune. Schools are on hiatus, businesses are closed and people have lost their jobs. No doubt, the aftershocks of this pandemic will be felt for years to come. Mr. Rogers found comfort in his mother’s words when she told him that in times of disaster to always “look for the helpers.”

It is easy to spot the helpers in Canandaigua. Community organizations are stepping up to come to the aid of all people affected. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is providing an online hub of information on local resources, including parenting advice, local food pantries and financial aid. The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce is providing support for businesses and nonprofits to guide us through this challenging time. The United Way and the Rochester Area Community Foundation have pooled funding to deploy flexible resources to nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The Canandaigua City School District is distributing free lunches to ensure no child goes hungry.