COVID-19 Recovery Fund FAQ’s

United Way is here to help. We’ve launched the COVID – 19 Recovery Fund to help those affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more below or make a donation today.

What is the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund?

Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund is a local, coordinated emergency response fund to support the short- and long-term financial recovery of people in Bucks County.

How does the fund work?

This is a flexible fund. It fills in the gaps of other emergency relief funding, focusing on the people and needs that can’t be served anywhere else.

For some families this may be food, diapers, utilities, or gas cards. For others, it may be help with cleaning supplies to keep their homes safe and disinfected or small home repairs.

Who is receiving assistance through the fund?

The majority of people getting help are in the “ALICE” population: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

These are families who live paycheck to paycheck, above the Federal Poverty Line, but with very little breathing room in their budget. Missing even one or two paychecks can be catastrophic.

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

Can individuals apply for direct support?

Because this is a coordinated recovery fund, there are no grants directly to individuals. Our nonprofit agency partners will provide direct service to individuals.

Those in need of help can call 2-1-1, a free, 24/7/365 information and referral line with questions about specific services.

Who decides how funds are distributed?

A small team of nonprofit and business leaders review applications on a rolling basis.

Are there any administrative fees?

There are no administrative fees. However, if you donate via credit card online there is a small processing fee that goes to PayPal (2.5%). There are no fees for donations made by check or cash.

How much money will the fund distribute in Bucks County?

This depends entirely on public support. United Way of Bucks County and the Penn Community Bank each invested $25,000 to get the fund started. We will distribute as much as we raise.