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$274,010 funds awarded to the community since the inception of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund!

HARRISBURG, Pa. (February 16, 2021) – The COVID-19 Community Response Fund has awarded a total of $7,500 in emergency funds to three nonprofit organizations responding to the spread of COVID-19 within Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and Northern York (Dillsburg) Counties.  Awarded funds will be used to support area communities during the pandemic, and funds awarded through this round will serve to purchase or provide the following: personal protective equipment, cleaning products, sanitization supports, and food distribution and educational supplies.

Nonprofit organizations awarded funding during this round include:

  1. Hearthstone Retirement Home
  2. Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC)
  3. Mission Central, Inc.

“We are incredibly grateful to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, said Stephanie Titzel, director of development and communications at Mission Central. “Thanks to TFEC, 156 Mission Central Activity Kits (school supplies) will go out to local area school district students in Cumberland County. These will assist in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and ensure students are able to work remotely. We are thankful for the TFEC partnership as together we can effect change in our community.”

This is the first round of grants awarded by The COVID-19 Community Response Fund in 2021.  In total, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has awarded 121 grants totaling $274,010 to 93 nonprofits within Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and Northern York (Dillsburg) Counties.

Hosted by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and in partnership with the United Way of the Capital Region, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide emergency funds to long-standing nonprofit organizations in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and Northern York Counties that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so.

“We are extremely grateful to TFEC for providing LHACC – the Latino Center, with funding to purchase necessary supplies to re-engage with our community safely and in keeping with CDC guidelines,” said Gloria Vazquez Merrick, executive director of LHACC. “Based on current conditions, it was critical for LHACC to resume services as quickly as possible. My sincere thanks to Janice Black and the entire TFEC team for this timely and invaluable support.”

This grant opportunity is available to long-standing nonprofit organizations in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and Northern York Counties that respond to the spread of COVID-19 and are experiencing financial challenges by doing so, and which meet the grant guidelines posted at www.tfec.org.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the crisis. Applicants who are awarded funds must wait 30 days before submitting a new application. Applicants who are not awarded funds may apply again upon receiving notification of denial. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; awarded funds may be utilized upon receipt.

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, and 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 www.tfec.org.

 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 https://www.uwcr.org/.