The COVID-19 Community Response Fund made its final round of grantmaking with $311,233 donated to 99 nonprofit organizations.

Harrisburg, Pa. (July 29, 2021) – What started as a reaction to the global pandemic has grown into more than $300,000 of aid for local nonprofits. The COVID-19 Community Response Fund, hosted by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and in partnership with United Way of the Capital Region, has raised and awarded $311,233 to 99 nonprofits in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and Northern York (Dillsburg) Counties since March 2020. Many of the awarded organizations received funding multiple times as the pandemic continued. 

“We cannot thank all of our donors, nonprofit partners, and United Way of the Capital Region enough for their continued support of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund,” says Janice Black, president & CEO of TFEC. “Without our donors’ commitment to the cause and the nonprofit community’s dedication to service, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund would not have been nearly as successful.”  

The grants allowed nonprofits to continue serving their communities and those who needed help the most. Grant funds were used for personal protective equipment, technology, other equipment needs, and medical support relative to the spread of the pandemic. Many nonprofits had to close their doors because of the pandemic, but the fund’s goal was to keep the region’s nonprofit organizations in a position to continue serving the local community, even in the face of COVID-19. 

The fund was established in March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and had 16 rounds of grantmaking over the last 16 months. The final round of grantmaking occurred in June, officially ending the funding process for the fund. 

 The following nonprofit organizations were awarded grant funds from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund:

Alder Health Services, Inc.  Farm of Hope Inc.  Merakey Foundation 
AlexLemonade Stand Foundation  Gamut Theatre Group, Inc.  Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village 
Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library  Gaudenzia, Inc.  Mission Central Inc. 
Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope  Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania  Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church 
Bethel Preschool and Daycare  Gretna Theatre  New Hope Ministries, Inc. 
Bethesda Mission  Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area  Newport Public Library 
Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg  Halifax Fire Department  Occupational Services Inc. 
Brethren Housing Association  Harrisburg Academy  OnFire Youth Ministry, Inc. 
CaitlinSmiles, Inc.  Harrisburg Area Learning Academy, Inc.  PennCares 
Camp Hebron, Inc.  Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA 
Camp Hill Presbyterian Church  Harrisburg Area YMCA  School District of the City of Harrisburg 
CandleHeart, Inc.  Harrisburg Fair Housing Council, Inc.  Shades of Greatness, Inc. 
Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School  Hearthstone Retirement Home  Shippensburg Area School District 
Carlisle Area Family Life Center  Hoffman Homes Inc.  South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. 
Center for Employment Opportunities  Hope Within Ministries  St. StephenEpiscopal School 
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank  Hospice of Central PA  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral 
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet  Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg, Inc.  The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties 
Central Perry Community Senior CitizenCenter, Inc.  Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg  The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg 
ChildrenAid Society  JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services  The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania 
Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute  Joseph T. Simpson Public Library  The Nativity School of Harrisburg 
Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area  Joshua Group  The Program for Female Offenders of South Central Pennsylvania, Inc. 
Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry, Inc.  Junior Achievement of South Central PA  The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region 
Community CARES  Keystone Service Systems, Inc.  The Salvation Army – Lebanon Corps 
Community Check-up Center  Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC)  The Salvation Army – Carlisle Corps 
Community Options, Inc.  Lebanon County Christian Ministries  The Shook Home 
CONTACT Helpline  Lebanon Family Health Services, Inc.  Tri-County Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. 
Cumberland County Historical Society  Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc.  Twin Valley Players 
Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter  Lebanon Valley College  Valley Youth House Committee, Inc. 
Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries  Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts  Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania 
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries  Lebanon Valley Volunteer in Medicine  Vista Autism Services 
Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, Inc.  Leg Up Farm  Waynesboro Community & Human Services 
Downtown Daily Bread (Pine Street Presbyterian Church)  LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA  Waynesboro Day Care Center 
Employment Skills Center  Marion Volunteer Fire Company  Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts 

About The Foundation for Enhancing Communities  

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), a community foundation, inspires giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, strengthening our local communities by investing in them now and for future generations. Founded in 1920, TFEC has served the South Central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and the Dillsburg Area for 100 years. Regional foundations of TFEC include the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, the Franklin County Community Foundation, the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Community Foundation. For more information, please visit   

About United Way of the Capital Region  

United Way of the Capital Region is committed to helping individuals and families become self-sufficient through access to health care, basic needs services, school readiness, and workforce development. Working with our community partners, we are improving lives in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. For more information on the United Way of the Capital Region, please visit

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