Harrisburg, PA – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and The United Way of the Capital Region have, in partnership, established a COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

“We are one community. During times of crisis it is critical we support each other. The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and United Way of the Capital Region are committed to serving our most vulnerable community members by providing responsive supports to our long-standing and trusted nonprofit community partners on the front lines, while also doing what we can with resources to be of help to our community.” — Janice Black, President & CEO, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities & Tim Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region

Hosted by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, the community foundation serving Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and Northern York Counties, 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.

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities in partnership with United Way of the Capital Region, will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.  Provided efforts will seek to expand local capacity to address the outbreak as efficiently as possible.  Should donations raised through the fund no longer be needed for COVID-19 relief, remaining funds will be used for future disaster relief in the area.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to donate via www.tfec.org/covid19. More information is available by contacting Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment, at jstrechay@tfec.org, or 717.236.5040.

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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 on TFEC, please visit www.tfec.org.

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