In its first round of community grants, the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund has doled out $20,000 to four local non-profits.

United Way Bucks and Penn Community Bank teamed up last week to create the fund. Each contributed $25,000 and are looking for donations for the public.

The following community organizations each received $5,000:

  • Bucks County Opportunity Council,
  • Bucks County Housing Group,
  • Penndel Mental Health Center, and
  • Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN).

“Like any other nonprofit, we are struggling to keep our services intact during this pandemic. Grant funds go a long way in helping us carry out our mission,” says Hema Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer at Penndel Mental Health Center.

Along with UW Bucks and PCB, several other organizations have chipped in as well. PECO, Dow, Foundations Community Partnership, Bucks County Foundation, and the public are all contributing.

However, the COVID-19 Recovery Fund is in dire need of help. People can donate online here or mail a check to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 with COVID recovery in the subject line.

The funds will go directly to important uses including food pantries, emergency shelter, and essential items. A full list is below.

Penndel Mental Health Center provides help to vulnerable populations, including those with severe and persistent mental illness and those who are literally homeless. The agency is using the funds for essential items, like urgently needed personal protective gear for staff and nonperishable food for clients.

Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need is using their grant to help with pressing needs like food and emergency shelter. They note that the demand for emergency shelter is increasing and their limited resources are not able to keep up with the need.

Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bucks County’s lead anti-poverty organization, is using the funds for emergency food, shelter, and transportation. They will be able to leverage additional funds to ensure that this private grant will help as many people as possible.

Bucks County Housing Group is using funds to support their high-volume food pantries. As a result of COVID-19, they have made significant changes to the way they operate. This funding is essential to provide food and sanitary supplies to thousands of high-risk households in Bucks County.