The Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund has awarded $32,500 in additional grants to local non-profits.
Created by United Way of Bucks County, with help from Penn Community Bank, the Recovery Fund gives grants to groups focused on “life-sustaining and essential human services.”
Seven Bucks non-profits received grants between $2,000 and $5,000. They are:
- A Woman’s Place,
- Bucks County Children and Youth,
- Family Service Association of Bucks County,
- Maternity Care Coalition,
- YMCA of Bucks County,
- Ivins Outreach Center.
While many people are staying inside during the coronavirus, NPR reports domestic violence is on the rise. This worldwide trend requires greater attention from agencies which help victims.
In a society of social distancing, A Woman’s Place will use their grants to offer Tele-Services to clients. Victims or survivors of domestic violence can use the service for a variety of cases, including counseling and legal services.
YMCA Bucks received two grants for different purposes. One grant will go toward Operation Compassion, which the Y launched in response to COVID-19. It provides showers, clothes, meals, and bathrooms to the homeless at the Fairless Hills, Doylestown, and Quakertown branches.
The Y will use its other grant for the Rapid Rehousing program. These funds will help families who were previously homeless to maintain stability. As many have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, they are particularly vulnerable.
Other uses, directly from United Way Bucks, include:
Family Service Association will use recovery funds to support Bucks County’s Emergency Homeless Shelter. This includes food and urgently needed cleaning supplies.
Maternity Care Coalition is providing their clients with essentials like formula, wipes, and diapers. Their goal is to ensure families are able to access the resources they need while adhering to social distancing guidelines that protect staff and community members.
Blended case managers at Merakey, an organization specializing in developmental and behavioral health, will use funds to deliver groceries and personal hygiene items to their at-risk clients who can’t secure these things on their own.
Ivins Outreach Center is using funds to continue serving a growing number of seniors and families in need of food and other necessities.