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.
Coronavirus Response Center
The Community Foundation is monitoring the local situation closely, and are in contact with many community-leading and community-serving organizations about the most effective ways to support our residents.
In an effort to support our most vulnerable families in their time of need, the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the United Way of Lancaster County are working together to respond. We’ve mobilized a task force of key social service organizations and we’ve developed a plan that will get much needed support and resources effectively and efficiently to Lancaster County families in need through those organizations.
We’ve created a fund that we call Lancaster Cares. The fund is hyper-focused on the most basic needs of Food, Housing, and Rapid Response to Emerging Needs. The Community Foundation has made a lead gift of $250,000 to seed this much needed effort. We invite you to visit and contribute what you can. Together, through trusted local organizations, we can get resources to those in critical need. And, together, we will pull through this crisis and strengthen our community for tomorrow.
Community Foundation Updates
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!
COVID-19 Action Center
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We are fortunate to have extraordinary organizations working to keep our community engaged and informed throughout this epidemic. Check out local resources to stay up to date on developments:
Mental Health Resources
In times like these, it’s important to treat mental health as seriously as physical health. Whether you’re practicing social distancing or required to work in the field, be sure to check in with yourself and your team. This will be a marathon, not a sprint, and we may have a while to go. The Community Foundation team is working hard to check in with each other and share resources for relaxation, de-stress, and ways to keep developing. Here are some of the things we’re doing:
Questions, ideas, or concerns? Get in touch.
We are fully remote as an organization currently but we are responding to emails. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to a member of our team!