COVID-19 Community Response Fund awards second round of grants to Central PA nonprofits providing essential services

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 2, 2020) — The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and United Way of the Capital Region (United Way) has awarded $67,947 in grants to 29 additional nonprofit organizations providing essential services and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re honored to support these deserving organizations during their time of need,” said Janice Black, president and CEO of TFEC. “It’s been great to see the region band together and give back,” Black continued. “As the country begins to reopen it’s going to be a slow journey to revitalize our communities and we’re hopeful that people will continue donating to the fund so we can put those dollars to work where they’re needed most.”

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund allows two powerful organizations, TFEC and United Way, to come together to provide support and funds to an even larger geographic footprint than would be possible if they were working independently.

“Every dollar that individuals, families and businesses can contribute will go towards helping others get food, housing, medical care and other essentials,” said Tim Fatzinger, president and CEO of United Way of the Capital Region. “It’s a money in money out system. This regional funding opportunity affords nonprofits support that are outside of the United Way’s typical funding scope.”

In total, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has awarded $127,212 to 54 nonprofit organizations.

“As the COVID-19 virus continues to cause fear and uncertainty, we want our community to know that New Hope Ministries is open and safely serving people who need food assistance, emergency housing assistance, or a helping hand to get back to work, said Eric Saunders, Executive Director of New Hope Ministries. “We are committed to our mission of helping our neighbors, especially in times of a crisis like this, and are so grateful to TFEC for their help to make sure everyone can get the help they need.”

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

Second route grant recipients include:

Carlisle Area Family Life Center

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Central Perry Community Senior Citizen’s Center, Inc.

Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute

Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area

Community CARES

Community Options, Inc.

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries

Farm of Hope Inc.

Gaudenzia, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area

Halifax Fire Department

Harrisburg Area Learning Academy, Inc.

Harrisburg Area YMCA – (Camp Curtin YMCA)

Harrisburg Fair Housing Council, Inc.

Joseph T. Simpson Public Library

Lebanon County Christian Ministries

Lebanon Family Health Services, Inc.

Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc.

Lebanon Valley College

Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village

Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church

New Hope Ministries, Inc.

School District of the City of Harrisburg

Shades Of Greatness, Inc.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc.

The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg

Waynesboro Community & Human Services

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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