Nine months later, 750 community members, organizations and companies had raised more than $1 million. The Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Response Fund has supported more than 100 organizations responding to the pandemic with new initiatives; support for food security; housing support; and support for other needs that emerged across Lancaster County.
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We wish our team could be together to send you a happy holiday greeting. We wish we could give you a cheerful "Happy holidays!" in person, on the street, at one of the countless extraordinary local businesses, or at a holiday party. And we look forward to being able to do all of that and more soon. But until then, we hope this digital greeting will do the trick!
Tom Baldrige, President and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber, recently called this moment our “crisis moment,” meaning that in times of disasters, communities mobilize around the issue at hand with focus, urgency, and determination to offer assistance and help. He implored the business community to meet this moment by thinking local this holiday season. We couldn’t agree more!
This year, COVID-19 pushed us to redirect some of our funding to address immediate needs and also starkly revealed the disproportionate impact on people of color in our community. As part of our commitment to confronting racism in Lancaster County, this new round of funding continues the work towards addressing the gap between Black-led social change organizations and philanthropic support for those organizations, while also providing capacity-building resources.
Since physical events are more difficult this year, we immediately got to work dreaming up a new way for folks across the community to get excited about the Extraordinary Give. We're pretty excited about the results:
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Four local community benefit organizations receive funding through Lancaster Cares, supporting a local food pantry and public library maintain operations, an initiative to prevent hunger and food insecurity, and a program engaging youths through physical activity.