Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund

March 17th, 2020

Dear Friend,

COVID-19 is changing the way we interact, work, learn, and live.

Right now, we are all in crisis. For many, the financial crisis will continue long after our current restrictions are lifted.

In Bucks County, about 1 in 3 people has an income below what is called the “survival budget.” That’s the amount needed to cover necessities and have money left at the end of the month. These people have no savings – no safety net.

They are classroom aids and substitute bus drivers. They work in service jobs, supporting our daily lives in retail and restaurants. They are often counting on the income from more than one job to make ends meet.

They will be the hardest hit.

Many people have asked us how they can help. Without question, the best way you can help right now is with a donation to the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund. This is a coordinated fund that will support the work of nonprofits on the front lines – and the unmet needs of people in our community.

Things will change. Needs will shift. We will see Federal emergency relief funds support many programs and people, but there will be gaps.

Every penny donated to the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund will stay in Bucks County and address the changing needs of our community.

This is a defining moment for all of us. We will be judged by how well we care for the most vulnerable, whether that is by doing our part to limit the spread of the virus or giving what we can so that help is available short- and long-term.

United Way of Bucks County has already put $25,000 into the recovery fund.

We need your help to build this fund so that we can help people – and our community – recover as quickly as we can.

With gratitude,

Marissa Christie

President & CEO

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