Bucks County Coordinated Disaster Relief Fund FAQs

United Way is here to help. We’ve launched the Bucks County Coordinated Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by the recent severe flooding and tornadoes in Bucks County. Learn more about the fund below or make a donation today.

What is the Bucks County Coordinated Disaster Relief Fund?

Bucks County Coordinated Disaster Relief Fund is a local, coordinated emergency response fund to support the mid- and long-term recovery of people affected by the recent severe flooding and tornadoes in Bucks County.

The focus will be on helping low-income homeowners who are unable to secure assistance anywhere else.

How does the fund work?

This fund will fill in the gaps of other emergency relief funding, focusing on the low-income homeowners.

There is close coordination with other Bucks County-based services and providers including nonprofits, government, and faith-based organizations.

Should other unmet needs arise in the community, the committee that runs this fund may review its charter and purpose.

If this fund is focused on low-income homeowners, how can other people get help?

Please take a look at our FAQs. We are serving all weather-impacted families through our HELP Center. There are many other programs that other impacted residents can access.

Can individuals apply for direct support?

Yes, but the application process has not opened yet. The first step is to secure local funds and donations so that we can deploy help.

If you or your family has been impacted by the recent floods, please visit our FAQs to see what help is available now.

Who decides how funds are distributed?

A small team of nonprofit, business, and community leaders review applications to ensure fair and transparent decision making.

How do I donate to the fund?

Donate to the coordinated Disaster Recovery Fund online here or by mailing a check to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Are there any administrative fees?

Currently, United Way of Bucks County is covering and absorbing all costs associated with this fund to ensure that the most support possible reaches those in need.

That means there are no administrative fees for donations made locally.

Please note that donations made by credit card online hold a small processing fee that goes to PayPal (2.5%). There are no fees for donations made by check or cash.

In the event that there are major grants available, United Way of Bucks County may request a modest administrative fee from the funder (3 - 5%) to help offset the cost of administering the funds.

This would not impact local individual, corporate, or foundation donations.

How much money will the fund distribute in Bucks County?

This depends entirely on public support. We will distribute as much as we raise and we will do it as quickly as we can.

Can I donate anything other than money?

The most efficient way to help right now is with a cash donation. That ensures that we can keep people in safe, secure, and sanitary homes, which is the most critical need.

We do also accept donations of brand new items at our HELP Center. It is a place where people who need help can shop free of charge.

Brand new towels, sheets, bedding, clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies, etc., can be donated.

You can also volunteer to sort merchandise and stock the HELP Center.

For more information, contact PJ O'Brien at patricko@uwbucks.org.