Bucks COVID-19 Recovery Fund Continues Non-Profit Assistance

United Way of Bucks County in Fairless Hills. Photo by Rick Rickman.

The Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund has doled out nearly a quarter million dollars in assistance to local non-profits.

United Way Bucks started the fund in mid March with a matching $25,000 donation from Penn Community Bank for a total of $50,000. Thanks to contributions from local businesses and individuals, it has generated almost five times this amount.

Since its latest update in late May, the COVID-19 Recovery Fund has allocated $70,000 to 14 non-profits.

The Network of Victim Assistance received a $17,400 in early June. This money will help NOVA to provide a safe environment for workers and clients.

Now, NOVA has more resources like computers to meet with victims online. Additionally, personal protective equipment and cleaning services will help to make facilities safe for in-person counseling.

“The pandemic is having a significant impact on many of our clients,” said Penny Ettinger, Executive Director at NOVA. “For victims of personal violence such as sexual assault, the uncertainty of when this crisis will end, the isolation caused by the stay at home order combined with the stress caused by the shift in daily living can trigger a relapse of trauma.”

More than 800 individual donors have made contributions to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund, along with dozens of local businesses and banks. Anyone who wants to donate online can do so here.

The following organizations recently received grants for the first time:

  • Worthwhile Wear,
  • NOVA,
  • Children’s Developmental Program,
  • Valley Youth House,
  • Penn Foundation.

Other recent recipients include:

  • Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN),
  • Good Friends, Inc.,
  • The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania,
  • Keystone Opportunity Center,
  • Bucks County Children and Youth,
  • Penndel Mental Health,
  • Family Service Association.