$6,000+ investment from Lancaster Cares
We are proud to announce another $6,439 investment in three 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 bi-lingual project focused on educating adults on child safety, an initiative to safely move families into new homes, and a program that focuses on mental health in Black and Latinx communities during a time of great uncertainty.
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.
Grant amount: $1,605
Volunteers operate in teams every Saturday to provide furniture/furnishings to 2 households referred by Lancaster’s agencies. A Preview Team visits the household & we deliver items, set up furniture & beds & make the beds. Moves were adapted to offer pickup by social workers or curbside drop-offs of essential, but lighter household furnishings. As operations normalize, we need masks, face guards & floor decals (warehouse) to keep safe & provide cleaning supplies to clients.
Grant amount: $3,000
During the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health issues have increased due to factors such as job loss, self-isolation, and increased anxiety, leaving more Lancaster residents needing mental health services in Lancaster county. Health disparities are exacerbated by the unequal effects of COVID on communities of color. This grant will allow Patients R Waiting to provide access to culturally competent mental health services to Black and Latinos with mental health care needs.
Grant amount: $1,834
Standing Together is a bi-lingual campaign focused on educating adults in our community about child safety in four areas where COVID-19 isolation exposes them to increased risk: sexual abuse, living with an addicted caregiver, mental health, and the coronavirus itself. Safe Communities initiated the Project in collaboration with the Spanish American Civic Association, Penn Medicine/LG Health, and Joining Forces for Children. Multiple agencies will assist with the dissemination of our material.
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 LancoCares.org!
Thank you to community champions from both the private and public sector who are tirelessly committed to Lancaster County:
Rodgers & Associates
Truist Cares Fund
7 Foundation Fund
Anne and Robert Bowman
Altria Group, Inc.
LCBC Lancaster City
The Calvin & Janet High
Mars Wrigley Foundation
North Group Consultants