Fifth round of grants buys PPE for Central PA schools, childcare centers and more during back-to-school season

HARRISBURG, Pa. (August 26, 2020) — The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and United Way of the Capital Region (United Way) have awarded its fifth round of grants from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, bringing the total given since April to $184,446. Seventy-four organizations and nonprofits spread across five counties have been awarded grants, including those providing education and childcare during the pandemic.

“Working families depend on a variety of organizations for support, especially schools and childcare centers. As the school year begins amid an ongoing pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we give to schools, daycares and youth mentoring organizations,” said Janice Black, president and CEO of TFEC. “I hope donations from the public continue so that we can keep putting money back into the community where it’s needed most.”

Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School, Joshua Group, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and Waynesboro Day Care Center are among the organizations that received a grant during this last funding round. In total, $15,168 was awarded during this round for the purchase of personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and other items.

“The pandemic has changed so much, and we’ve had to hire more staff, buy new items that the children can no longer share, and do a deep cleaning of our facility,” said Kay Fitz, executive director of the Waynesboro Day Care Center. “The grant from TFEC and United Way is helping us adapt to these new circumstances.”

Every dollar donated to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will go right back into Central Pennsylvania communities which need assistance. No fees are charged.

“Through our partnership with TFEC we’re able to expand our reach into more counties and communities that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to serve,” said Tim Fatzinger, president and CEO of United Way of the Capital Region.

Donations to the fund can be made at Individual donors can also text “TFEC” to 56512 to receive a link to donate. Nonprofit organizations based in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry and Northern York Counties are invited to apply for assistance through the fund at

Fifth round grant recipients include:

 Camp Hebron

Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School

Joshua Group

Latino Hispanic American Community Center

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Twin Valley Players

Waynesboro Day Care Center

A complete list of grant recipients can be found at

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, and strengthens our local communities by investing in them now, and for future generations. Founded in 1920, TFEC has been serving 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

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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