PHL COVID-19 Fund Continues to Meet Deep Community Needs in Fifth Round of Funding to Nonprofits

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More than $13 million deployed in eight weeks to nearly 400 regional nonprofits addressing critical community needs

PHILADELPHIA – The PHL COVID-19 Fund today announced its fifth round of grants, totaling more than $2.4 million to 87 nonprofit organizations serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. The Fund, launched on March 19 and led by the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), has secured $16 million in gifts and pledges and granted more than $13 million to 383 nonprofit organizations providing vital services to individuals facing the wide-ranging and urgent consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Continuing its efforts to rapidly deploy funds to the region, the PHL COVID-19 Fund touched a broad range of service areas in its fifth round of funding. Among the organizations receiving grants this week is Maternity Care Coalition (MCC), which aides women and children in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Maternity Care Coalition is a community-based organization serving pregnant women and families with children up to 3 years old in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, infant mortality and staggering health disparities. MCC’s clients are disproportionately single, poor, unemployed and food insecure. Many face significant trauma, domestic violence and psychological stress.

“Maternity Care Coalition believes that all families thrive when they are healthy and connected to high-quality social services,” said Marianne Fray, CEO of Maternity Care Coalition. “We’ve seen an increased need for emergency supplies and have created a safe, contact free system for getting diapers, wipes, formula, and cribs to those in need.” Funding from the PHL COVID-19 Fund will be used to aid MCC in the provision and shipping of emergency supplies as well as equip MCC clients with adequate technology so they can maintain access to home visiting and support services.

This week, the Fund also spotlighted previous grant recipient Manna on Main Street, which provides to-go meals and groceries to individuals and households in need of supplemental food in Montgomery County. Open seven days a week, the organization on average serves 110 households per weekday at its distribution center. Since the onset of COVID-19, the organization has seen a 54 percent increase in households receiving groceries and a 166 percent increase in distributed meals.

“During the beginning days of the pandemic, we asked ourselves daily: ‘Do we have enough food and financial resources to keep up with the demand?’” said Suzan Neiger Gould, Executive Director of Manna on Main. “It is a huge relief to receive a grant from the PHL COVID-19 Fund. This coordinated effort is a life saver to Manna on Main and so many other nonprofits serving the region’s most vulnerable individuals and families.”

Among those Manna on Main serves are those experiencing homelessness. To keep those serving and being served safe at the distribution center, cloth masks were handed out to everyone who entered the building. Greg, a homeless man, was given a mask but was reluctant to use it. Unbeknownst to the staff, Greg was unaware of the pandemic. When he developed a cough and raspy voice, the staff carefully explained to him the nature of the health emergency. He agreed to let the Manna on Main staff take his temperature each day and began wearing a mask so he could receive his to-go meals.

“Even as we begin to think about what longer-term recovery may look like for our region, we still have neighbors in our communities who continue to face very real shortfalls of basic, urgent needs like food and shelter,” said Bill Golderer, President & CEO of UWGPSNJ. “Because of the generosity of the community, the PHL COVID-19 Fund continues to be able to provide critical grants to the nonprofits at the frontline of this crisis so their work to support our hardest hit and most vulnerable neighbors continues without pause.”

“As the pandemic wears on, the demand for life-sustaining services and supplies persists,” said Pedro Ramos, President & CEO of Philadelphia Foundation. “The community needs us today, just as much as they needed us when the pandemic began. The work of these nonprofits is urgent and critical, as is our effort to respond to their needs.”

The PHL COVID-19 Fund prioritizes supporting people who are hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, such as seniors, people experiencing homelessness, those with disabilities, low-income residents without health insurance, people with substance abuse disorder and survivors of abuse. The complete list of grantees for the fifth round of funding can be found below and is available at www.PHLCOVID19Fund.org. For more information and updates, follow the fund on Twitter.

The Fund currently totals more than $16 million in pledges and contributions, including close to 5,000 donors — individuals, families, foundations, businesses, and institutions. Individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the PHL COVID-19 Fund via www.PHLCOVID19Fund.org.

PHL COVID-19 FUND GRANTEES: May 14, 2020 Organizations that received funding in this round are:
Acenda $6,000
ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania $35,000
Advantage Community Integration Services $2,500
Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation $9,000
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center $25,000
Atlantic City Rescue Mission $50,000
Better Tomorrows $50,000
Calvary Memorial Church $5,000
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers $50,000
Casa de Consejeria y Salud Integral $5,000
Center For Family Services, Inc. $20,000
Center for Hope $50,000
Chester Eastside, Inc. $45,000
Coatesville Area Senior Center $30,000
COMHAR, Inc. $25,000
CompleteCare Health Network $50,000
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic & Cape May Counties $10,000
Creative Health Services, Inc. $50,000
Deborah Hospital Foundation $50,000
Drueding Center $50,000
Eastern Service Workers Assoc. $ 2,500
Elwyn $50,000
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School–Student Services $40,000
Family Promise of Southern Chester County $20,000
Family Support Circle $15,000
Generations of Indian Valley $50,000
Guiding Stars An Anthony C. Richardson Lee Foundation $8,000
Gilbertsville Area Community Ambulance Service Medic 332 $25,000
Holy Redeemer Health System–Food Pantry $50,000
Humanity First USA $10,000
Indian Creek Foundation $15,000
Jewish War Veterans of the USA Foundation, Drizin-Weiss Post 215 $5,000
Kids Smiles $35,000
KIPP New Jersey–Student Services $20,000
Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia $10,000
La Liga del Barrio $10,000
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Eastern Pennsylvania $50,000
Liberty Resources, Inc. $50,000
Maryville, Inc. $50,000
Maternity Care Coalition $50,000
Melmark $50,000
Men Who Care of Germantown $10,000
Mercy LIFE West Philadelphia $3,000
Mitzvah Circle $4,500
Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association $4,000
Move For Hunger $50,000
National Church Residences Foundation $5,000
New Jersey Agricultural Society $25,000
New Life Presbyterian Church, Glenside $5,000
Northern Children’s Services $50,000
Nurse-Family Partnership $50,000
Off Their Plate $50,000
Operation Neighbor Care Philly $10,000
Oxford Circle CCDA $25,000
ParentChild+ $50,000
Parkesburg POINT $10,000
Parkside Association of Philadelphia $8,500
Pennsylvania Health Access Network $50,000
Philadelphia Anti Drug Anti Violence Network $4,000
Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center, Inc. $50,000
Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks—Grumblethorpe Youth Programs $35,000
Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation $50,000
PHLCVB Foundation $50,000
POWER $50,000
Public Citizens for Children and Youth $20,000
Regional Housing Legal Services $25,000
Sanctuary Farm Phila $10,000
SELF, Inc. $16,000
SILO $20,000
Soil Generation $25,000
Succor, Inc $2,500
The Arc of Burlington County $50,000
The Caring Center $15,000
The Consortium $50,000
The Food Trust $50,000
The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester $50,000
The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium $50,000
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division $50,000
The Simple Way $2,500
Transformation to Recovery Inc. $5,000
Trinity Health, Mid Atlantic $25,000
Truth and Life Empowerment Community Ministries Inc $2,500
Unitarian Universalist House of the Joseph Priestley District $8,000
Virtua Health $28,000
West Chester Area Senior Center $50,000
Willow Grove Baptist Church $2,500
Woori Center $10,000

About Philadelphia Foundation
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About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, United Way fights for youth success and family stability because we LIVE UNITED against intergenerational poverty. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

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