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$30,000 investment from Lancaster Cares

We are proud to announce another $30,000 investment in five local community benefit organizations to meet the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in Lancaster County.

Thanks to your support to the Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Response Fund,  we have together raised nearly $1 million for Lancaster residents. Because of the countless individuals helping to lift up the Lancaster Cares fund, the Community Foundation and the United Way of Lancaster PA are able to provide aid to vital local programs meeting the need of our friends, neighbors, and families, including populations of color which are disproportionately affected by this crisis.

In the past week, you helped support a program that works with individuals to prevent evictions across the County, supporting programs that mitigate food insecurity, a program to reduce living costs for homeless individuals and families, an initiative to help individuals recently released from prison, and a summer program for school-aged children with working parents.

We are proud to be able to help support these organizations thanks to the extraordinary contributions across Lancaster county, our partnership with the United Way, and our community endowment: people-powered resources to help build our shared future.

Learn about this week's grantees

We received a large amount of applications for funding, and while we weren’t able to fund all the ideas, we are proud to be able to make small grants to as many organizations as possible, seeding many new and creative ideas to address the needs of our community. 

Click below to view each organization’s proposed Lancaster Cares program and grant amount.

Food Access

Meals on Wheels: "COVID-19 Shelf Stable Meals Project"

Grant Amount: $6,300

This project will provide five (5) shelf-stable meals to 1,000 Meals on Wheels consumers to protect their food security needs during this pandemic. 

Parish Resource Center: "Community Meal Collaboration"

Grant amount: $5,000

Requested funds help fill recent gaps formed in the Lancaster Community Meal Program and ensure community members continue to receive three free meals a day. PRC is collaborating with Commons Company (the B-Corp group behind Prince St. Café, Blue Line, Passenger Coffee), along with several of their suppliers, to rehire furloughed food industry workers to provide additional meals. The proposed project will prepare nutritious Grab ‘n Go meals for anyone who needs food.


Ephrata Area Social Services: "Hotel Assistance for Those Who Need Shelter"

Grant amount: $2,500

EASS is seeking additional funding to cover the costs of hotel rooms. While we recognize that placing homeless individuals and families in hotels is not the ideal response to homelessness, we have little other options at this time. While the families are provided safe living space, EASS also provides food and clothing as needed, and access to other human services with the aid of our partners in the Northern Lancaster Hub.

Emerging Needs

The Mix at Arbor Place: "Assisting Families Returning To Work"

Grant amount: $10,000

To provide Lancaster city families with school-aged children a full-day organized summer programming allowing parents the opportunity of returning to work, knowing their children will have safe, supervised daily enrichment/recreational activities and nutritionally balanced meals.
Summer Programming will be offered to working families first and will be held in (3) two-week sessions from June 29th through August 7th.

We will follow all the safety precautions recommended by the CDC.

IMPACT! Missions: "Work Release Employment Initiative"

Grant amount: $6,000

IMPACT! Missions plans to hire 12 individuals released recently from Lancaster County Prison and pay them life-sustaining wages to assist with emergency home repairs and renovation projects. The program will also provide job training, counseling, and life coaching. This will allow individuals otherwise at high risk for homelessness to earn a living, while their hard work will provide much-needed shelter for others and help revitalize local neighborhoods.

See all Lancaster Cares Grants

Meeting these needs are possible because of you

Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, Lancaster Cares has raised more than $980,000 to support our neighbors, friends, and families across Lancaster County. These are new and unpredictable challenges, and the solutions must change with them. But fortunately, what’s most important for creating these solutions has not changed: our extraordinary generosity is shining through these dark times.  Our roll-up-your-sleeves, get-the-job-done attitude will pull us through, as it has before. Our generosity is lifting our fellow Lancastrians up; keeping food on their tables, a roof over their heads, and maybe most importantly, offering the hope to see us all through this crisis.

Thank you for supporting Lancaster Cares, and if you haven’t yet, give now at!


Thank you to community champions from both the private and public sector who are tirelessly committed to Lancaster County: 

Rodgers & Associates

PPL Corporation

Armstrong Flooring
Community Fund

Truist Cares Fund

7 Foundation Fund

Anne and Robert Bowman
Family Fund

High Foundation

Altria Group, Inc.

LCBC Lancaster City

The Calvin & Janet High
Family Foundation

Mars Wrigley Foundation

North Group Consultants


Arconic Foundation