COVID Grants at Work

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Bucks County’s first two COVID cases were confirmed.

Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund was established less than a week later Bucks County’s first COVID cases were confirmed. United Way of Bucks County, in partnership with Penn Community Bank, each contributed $25,000 to get the fund started.

Now, they are joined by many businesses and individuals.

The first community grants were distributed before the end of March. More support is going to people in need each week.

We are proud of our community and grateful for every business and individual that has stepped up to help in a true and urgent time of need.

Read more about the COVID-19 Recovery Fund and how these grants are working in our community below.

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Awarded Grants:

Covid-19 Press Releases
A Woman’s Place

Round 3 of grant funding April 7, 2020

Amount awarded: $4,000

Grants provided secure remote service delivery to victims of domestic violence.

A Woman’s Place will use their grant to make HIPPA-compliant Tele-Services available to clients safely and without interruption. This includes individual counseling, group counseling, children’s counseling, and legal services.

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN)

Round 1 of grant funding, March 23, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need is using their grant to help with pressing needs like food and emergency shelter. They note that the demand for emergency shelter is increasing and their limited resources are not able to keep up with the need.

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need normally transports people who are homeless to shared meals at local churches. That can’t happen right now. They are using a portion of their grant to make to-go meals, which are dropped off by volunteers at the stops where they normally pick people up for meals.

 

 

 

Round 8 of grant funding, May 18, 2020:

Amount Awarded: $5,000

AHTN's Resource Consultant Nikki Farrior saw an increase in requests for emergency shelter in a local motel from March to April and is now experiencing an increase in the month of May. When someone experiences a housing crisis they call the Housing Link. The Housing Link is referring these individuals to AHTN for emergency shelter.

AHTN will provide individuals and couples with 2 nights stay and families with children 3 nights stay. This gives time for an assessment to be done and for resources to be identified. The increase in calls is because some of these requests are coming from people who do not feel safe "sheltering in place". It might be an abusive situation. They do not have any place they can go to while others "shelter in place".

Some people rent rooms in houses so they do not have leases. During this pandemic a lot of people can't pay the rent. We also try to help families pay their rent, but if they do get evicted, they call the Housing Link and get referred to AHTN for motel stay. 

Bucks County Children & Youth

Round 3 of grant funding, April 6, 2020

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Grants provided grocery cards for food, diapers, and formula for BCCY clients without transportation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4 of grant funding, April 13, 2020:

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Bucks County Children and Youth will use additional funds to ensure clients have essentials like food, hygiene and cleaning supplies, and diapers. Their team of highly skilled case workers will ensure that resources get to those in urgent need of assistance.

Round 5 of grant funding, April 20, 2020:

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Bucks County Children and Youth was granted $2,500 in the fifth round of funding to ensure clients have necessities like food, hygiene and cleaning supplies, and diapers. Case workers will ensure that lack of basic essentials does not destabilize families in crisis.

Round 8 of grant funding, May 11, 2020:

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants awarded to BCCY during the 8th round of funding allowed assistance with groceries for families they are working with in the community due to loss or lack of employment. Also--assistance for kinship foster families who either have become unemployed due to the COVID-19 virus or are underemployed and need financial help. 

Bucks County Housing Group

Round 1 of grant funding, March 23, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided emergency replenishment of food and sanitary supplies (e.g. cleaning and paper products) for extremely high-volume food pantries in Lower and Central Bucks. 

Bucks County Housing Group is using funds to support their high-volume food pantries. As a result of COVID-19, they have made significant changes to the way they operate. This funding is essential to provide food and sanitary supplies to thousands of high-risk households in Bucks County.

Bucks County Housing Group was contacted by a local independent living home. 15 of their medically vulnerable adults are unable to leave the facility due to the COVID-19 crisis and they were rapidly running out of food. Using funds from the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund, BCHG purchased additional food for pantries -- and created boxes to go directly to vulnerable adults unable to travel to food pantries or grocery stores.

Bucks County Opportunity Council

Round 1 of grant funding, March 23, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided emergency financial assistance for shelter, to include utilities, as well as food and transportation to BCOC clients. 

Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bucks County’s lead anti-poverty organization, is using the funds for emergency food, shelter, and transportation. They will be able to leverage additional funds to ensure that this private grant will help as many people as possible.

One example of a client who was assisted. Zoe, a school bus driver, and her mother, a waitress, were both laid-off due to the Coronavirus. They don't know if they will have jobs to go back to and are waiting for unemployment assistance, which is significantly delayed due to the high volume of requests. With three children under 6 home all day now, Zoe is spending much more at the grocery store. Your support helped her put food on the table.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 7 of grant funding, May 4, 2020:

Amount Awarded: $20,000

Additional funding will allow BCOC to distribute funds equitably across 12 county-wide food pantries. Each pantry will receive flexible funding for the purchase of food, including meats and dairy, that can be distributed to individuals and families within their community who are seeking food assistance, perhaps for the first time due to COVID 19. BCOC will use additional funds to purchase eggs, 1000 dozen, to distribute to pantries throughout Bucks County. Eggs are the most requested item by pantries each week. The pantries are:

  1. Bux-Mont Christian Church, Ivyland
  2. Calvary Baptist Church, Bristol
  3. Cares Cupboard, Langhorne
  4. Community Baptist, Bristol
  5. Coordinating Council of Health & Welfare, Warminster
  6. Interfaith Food Alliance, Morrisville
  7. Langhorne Terrace, Langhorne
  8. Living Hope Community Church, Dublin
  9. Mary’s Cupboard, Levittown
  10. Redeemer Lutheran, Penndel
  11. St. Matthew Methodist, Trevose
  12. The Food Center at Morrisville Presbyterian, Morrisville
Children's Developmental Program

Round 10 of grant funding, June 8, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grant funds will allow CDP to purchase a disinfecting misting machine. A machine such as this will help combat the viruses and germs childcare can have yearly in addition to COVID-19. The machine will help bring comfort to the staff and families. It will allow CDP to mist all rooms down at the end of the day with a safe disinfectant. The misting machine will penetrate all areas of the room including but not limited to walls, carpets, cabinets, shelves, play spaces, and equipment. This type of machine will allow CDP to clean all areas they cannot always reach or do by hand. 

Emergency Relief Association Food Pantry

Round 2 of grant funding, March 30, 2020

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Grants provided support for purchase of additional food to keep pantry open provided the ability to serve an increased number of clients.

Emergency Relief Association Food Pantry will use the grant to restock their shelves, including food and personal care items. Prior to COVID-19, the agency was serving approximately 630 children, 686 adults, and 205 seniors each month. The need is growing, and the funds are urgently needed.

The Emergency Relief Association was able to serve 41 families last week. They plan to place a food order through Philabundance with the grant money to help stretch their dollar and maximize what they are able to put back into the community.

A client said "You never know where life is going to take you. I never thought I'd be in a line for food. I was always the one who took care others. Now you're taking care of me." 

Family Service Association

Round 3 of grant funding, April 6, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided food, cleaning supplies, and PPE for residents of the Bucks County Emergency Shelter.

Family Service Association will use recovery funds to replenish their Food Pantry, including both food and cleaning supplies. The pantry, which is a longstanding part of their Family Strengthening programs, serves families facing many COVID-related challenges. 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4 of grant funding, April 13, 2020

Amount Awarded: $1,500

Grants also provided non-perishable food items and grocery cards for food-insecure clients.

Family Service Association will use recovery funds to support Bucks County’s Emergency Homeless Shelter. This includes food and urgently needed cleaning supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 5 of grant funding, April 20, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Family Service Association was awarded additional funds, which they will use to purchase privacy screens for clients at the Bucks County Emergency Shelter.  This will support social distancing and provide comfort to clients living under stressful circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Round 8 of grant funding, May 18, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Additional funding to FSA allowed for the purchase 4 Automatic Hand Sanitizer Stations and 18 Portable Freestanding All-Acrylic Sneeze Guards each with Document Pass-Through. The equipment we are requesting will allow us to increase the number of staff and clients in our buildings safely by following CDC recommended health and safety actions including:
• Hand washing stations to promote healthy hygiene practices and hand washing
• Enhancing space between clients and staff through use of physical barriers


Round 9 of grant funding, June 1, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Funds awarded during the 9th round of funding allowed for the purchase of additional privacy screens Not only will the use of additional screens support effective social distancing, the increased privacy will also reduce conflict which can emerge during this challenging time. Also, we are beginning to admit new Shelter residents. The screens will help us maintain family spaces that feel safe and welcoming.

Good Friends, Inc.

Round 6 of grant funding, April 27, 2020

Amount Awarded: $950

Good Friends, Inc. from Morrisville, PA is a halfway house for men in recovery from addiction.  Living in close quarters requires the need for personal protective equipment like masks.  Good Friends was awarded funds to immediately purchase 200 fabric surgical masks for clients and staff from Griff Paper and Film of Fallsington, PA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 8 of grant funding, May 18, 2020

Amount Awarded: $435

Our program maintains normal business functions. Within that structure, our clients travel to and from their full-time workplaces while interacting throughout the day with others. We have supplied them with face masks but our sanitizer supply can only cover them within the bounds of our residential program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 9 of grant funding, June 1, 2020

Amount Awarded: $1,565

Funds awarded during the 9th round of funding allowed for the purchase of sanitizing equipment, Ramsol RS1 COVID-19 Disinfectant Canister Kit and replacement canister. The kit includes a 22 Liter canister of the disinfectant, a hose sprayer, a canister trolley.

The Ramsol Disinfectant Spray kills 99.9% of all bacteria, including the coronavirus. The portable spraying kit allows for cleansing and disinfecting of hard and soft surfaces. (You may have seen the use of this product on news reports, such as when disinfecting airline seats and hospital areas.) We would be able to disinfect our residential program, including the living quarters and common areas of the 25 residents of the house. Additionally, as we move to fully reopen, this means guests, such as outside support group members, will be utilizing our building for services. Our ability to disinfect surfaces, thereby providing additional safety measures, will increase.

Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank

Round 2 of grant funding, March 30, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,500

Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, which has seen a significant increase in need in the past weeks, will provide more than 15,000 diapers in addition to what they are already distributing in Bucks County. They want to be sure that parents of young children get the help they need.

Demand for diapers doubled the week of March 22. Diaper Bank provided an additional 15,272 diapers to families in Bucks County. UW Bucks volunteers were able to distribute diapers to food pantries across Bucks County.

Ivins Resource Center

Round 2 of grant funding, March 30, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Ivins Resource Center is using the grant to ensure that prepared meals and groceries can be delivered directly to vulnerable seniors – particularly low-income seniors who are unable to leave home due to COVID-19 concerns. The agency has significantly expanded service to older residents over the past few weeks. They offer contact-free delivery.     

On April 8th, the team at Ivins Outreach Center, 13 delivery volunteers, and 4 kitchen volunteers, safely prepared and delivered 100 meals and 65 bags of groceries to seniors and low-income community members. The meals and groceries we prepared and packaged at the Morrisville Methodist Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 3 of grant funding, April 8, 2020

Amount Awarded: $4,000

Ivins Outreach Center is using funds to continue serving a growing number of seniors and families in need of food and other necessities.

Keystone Opportunity Center

Round 4 of grant funding, April 13, 2020

Amount Awarded: $7,500

Grants provided rent and utility assistance for clients who have lost employment.

Keystone Opportunity Center will use their grant to help their current housing clients in Bucks County. These clients have experienced unanticipated job losses and other hardships as a result of COVID-19. Using a progressive engagement approach, they will ensure clients get the resources they truly need to remain stable through this crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 11 of grant funding, June 29, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Additional funding awarded in June will allow Keystone Opportunity Center to continue providing the above supports to clients. 

Libertae

Round 8 of grant funding, May 18, 2020

Amount Awarded: $20,000

In order to keep our community safe, clients as well as employees, we are bringing in an agency of PRN's(nurses).

We have staff and clients who have tested positive. We want to ensure that we are not short staffed due to the virus.

Also, we want to ensure the clients are getting the best possible care. We have contracted with an agency known as PRN Consultants Inc.

These nurses are scheduled at Libertae around the clock to take care of those clients that test positive.

This way the clients get the best care and it also helps with the employees having limited access to these clients, thus limiting the spread.

Maternity Care Coalition

Round 3 of grant funding, April 6, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided infant formula and wipes to home-bound clients who cannot shop.

Maternity Care Coalition is providing their clients with essentials like formula, wipes, and diapers. Their goal is to ensure families are able to access the resources they need while adhering to social distancing guidelines that protect staff and community members.

Merakey

Round 3 of grant funding, April 6, 2020

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Grants provided food and hygiene supplies for Merakey clients unable to shop for themselves.

Blended case managers at Merakey, an organization specializing in developmental and behavioral health, will use funds to deliver groceries and personal hygiene items to their at-risk clients who can’t secure these things on their own.

No Longer Bound

Round 6 of grant funding, April 27, 2020

Amount Awarded: $3,000

The No Longer Bound food pantry in Bristol Township is a lifeline to families in poverty.  They will use their $3,000 award to purchase extra food to support the additional families who are now using the pantry due to COVID-19 related financial hardship.

NOVA

Round 10 of grant funding, June 8, 2020

Amount Awarded: $17,400

Grant funds will help with the purchase of additional laptops, printers, monitors so that direct care staff can work remotely and in the office. This will ensure that NOVA has an ample supply of PPE for the CAC and SANE nurses and, will increase the level of cleaning services of the CAC office suite, counseling areas, and waiting areas.

Penn Foundation

Round 12 of grant funding, July 20, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

After weeks of preparation and planning, Penn Foundation began executing its multi-phased re-opening plan on June 8, 2020. To comply with CDC regulations and protect the safety of staff and clients, Penn Foundation needs to implement additional cleaning of facilities. As a result, there is a significant increase in expense for cleaning services.

Additionally, Penn Foundation will be incurring significant costs for COVID testing of all inpatient clients, new protocol put in place to reopen inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility following its temporary closure due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Ongoing testing is critical as they continually admit new clients to this program.

All of these measures have been adopted to ensure the safe re-opening of in-person and non-essential services so they can treat clients and expand services to those who were not able or willing to continue treatment through telehealth.

Grant funds will allow Penn Foundation implement extra cleanings daily and weekly in each of their (approximately 13) buildings. Additionally, Penn Foundation will be testing each new client who seeks inpatient drug and alcohol treatment at their facility for COVID-19 prior to admission. 

Penndel Mental Health

Round 1 of grant funding, March 23, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,169

Grants provided personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors, Street Outreach workers, and case workers; emergency food for homeless clients; cell phones to coordinate medication and food drop-offs for patients with chronic and sever mental illness (staff, many of whom are low-income themselves, did not have enough 'minutes' on personal phones to keep up when they were advised to work from home).

Penndel Mental Health Center is using the funds to provide food and shelter for those who are homeless and experiencing serious and persistent mental illness. This will include tents for those who are displaced, but do not wish to utilize shelters. The nonprofit will also get more Personal Protective Equipment for their staff who continue to assist clients – including those who are unsheltered – in person during the COVID crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2 of grant funding, March 30, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,279

Grants also provided supplies for street outreach workers in the field working with unsheltered homeless individuals, including; tents, sleeping bags, meals, and toiletries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4 of grant funding, April 13, 2020

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Grants also provided non-perishable food items for homebound clients and communications equipment for staff working remotely.

Penndel Mental Health Center, which serves over 3,000 clients each year, will use their grant for additional food, as well as the technology they need to allow their team to work with more clients in a virtual environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 13 of grant funding, July 27, 2020

Amount Awarded: $4,990

Through a new round of funding on 7/27/20, grant funds provided car dividers to protect clients and staff from transmission of COVID-19 and to purchase folding chairs for outside meetings allowing for social distance.

Quilts For Kids

Round 7 of grant funding, April 27, 2020

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Quilts for Kids, an all-volunteer organization in Fairless Hills has been sewing masks for healthcare workers and vulnerable adults.  Pamela Fox, the Executive Director of Quilts for Kids says, “We posted the requests [for masks] on our Facebook page and on our website.  That's all it took for our ladies to switch from quilt mode to mask making.  We are all feeling very gratified that we can work on this project together, though we’re apart, to keep us all safe.”  They will use their grant of $2,500 to replenish their supplies of fabric and elastic so that they continue to make more masks.

Salvation Army Lower Bucks Corps

Round 2 of grant funding, March 30, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided emergency rent assistance. They have seen a 50% in requests over the last few weeks. 

Salvation Army Lower Bucks Corps is using their grant to provide rental assistance to families whose income has been disrupted by COVID-19. Salvation Army has a track record of effectively supporting clients during difficult times – particularly those who need help with basic needs.

Grants will provide emergency assistance for low-wage employees who may be temporarily laid off, let go or reduced hours due to the Coronavirus crisis. This program will provide much needed support in the form of rent/mortgage, utility, and food assistance to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Round 7 of grant funding, May 4, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Additional grant funds will provide rental and utility assistance for people who can’t be served any other way.

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania

Round 4 of grant funding, April 13, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided transportation to work for recovery center residents and training for staff to work remotely.

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, which focuses on prevention, intervention, and addiction recovery, will use their grant to help extend the hours of their referral line, provide transportation to work for clients who live at the Women’s Recovery Community Center, and to provide recovery supports virtually. The Council notes that these services are all critical for people in recovery from substance use disorder.

Round 11 of grant funding, June 29, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Additional funding covered the cost of ride Services Fees for transportation for WRCC residents to their jobs $2,400

During the COVID 19 emergency, the WRCC has spent an average of $400 per week on ride share services for residents to get to work and behavioral healthcare appointments.

Valley Youth House

Round 12 of grant funding, July 13, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

$5,000 will be divided across the 25 households receiving services as part of the Valley Youth House Bucks County Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) program. Each household within the program will receive $200 to purchase essential food, easing the burden of food insecurity that many young people face due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

Worthwhile Wear

Round 12 of grant funding, July 13, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Worthwhile Thrift stores are Worthwhile Wear's sustainability efforts to fund the programs we run to serve survivors of human trafficking in Bucks County.

Our determination to serve and restore survivors of human trafficking in Bucks County has not wavered in the face of COVID-19 or lack of funding. We have continued to keep our residential safehouse staffed with support for our survivors and anticipate taking in a new resident within the coming weeks.

YMCA of Bucks County

Round 3 of grant funding, April 6, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided support for county-wide shower program for unsheltered homeless individuals. 
Provides educational kits for pre-school children and non-perishable food for children.

Round 4 of grant funding, April 6, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

YMCA of Bucks County will provide food and educational care packages. Care packages will go to low-income early education students who are not able to attend YMCA centers. YMCA wants to be sure that parents have what they need to support learning goals at home.

Round 5 of grant funding, April 20, 2020

Amount Awarded: $3,955

YMCA of Bucks County is using grant funds to support Operation Compassion. One element of this project, launched in response to COVID-19, makes bathrooms, showers, meals, and fresh clothing available to those who are homeless. These services are available twice a week at YMCA branches in Fairless Hills, Doylestown, and Quakertown.

YWCA of Bucks County

Round 3 of grant funding, April 6, 2020

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Grants provided rent and utilities for families living in rapid rehousing.

YWCA of Bucks County is using their grant to help people currently in their Rapid Rehousing program. These families, all of whom were previously homeless, have all experienced significant financial setbacks due to COVID-19. The grant will ensure that these families remain stably housed.

If you want to help make sure programs like those listed above can keep working in our community, make a donation at uwbucks.org/COVIDrecovery or by mailing a check to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, with COVID recovery in the memo line.