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Funding for COVID-19 Response & Relief

COVID-19 Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity (LIVE) in PA Grant

The Wolf Administration and United Way of Pennsylvania launched the Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania project (LIVE PA) to administer $4 million in mini-grants to local organizations and $630,000 for faith-based organizations aimed to reduce vaccine hesitancy and ensuring an equitable vaccine distribution throughout the commonwealth. The grant funds hyper-local, grassroots nonprofit organizations to partner with certified vaccine providers to help the populations they serve overcome barriers to vaccination. 

 

With a reimbursement rate of $10 per shot achieved and a matching rate of $10 per direct person-to-person outreach, the grants are designed initially to range from $400 to $40,000 per vaccination event.  It also includes a requirement that the nonprofits and local United Way chapters involved promote the events using traditional and digital media to help fight vaccine hesitancy.

 

Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact your local United Way first. The application is available here. Questions? Email info@uwp.org.

United Way of Franklin County Crisis Fund Grant

If you are a nonprofit serving Franklin County residents impacted by the pandemic through services providing basic needs – such as food, rent/utilities assistance, shelter, transportation, and medical assistance – you may apply to receive crisis funds. Organizations should be able to provide documented evidence that funds are supporting impacted families in our community. To request an application or receive more information, email office@uwfcpa.org.

Updates on Policy & Resources

Seeking Outdoor Service Projects for Day of Caring 2021

United Way of Franklin County is coordinating a Day of Caring on Friday, November 5 (rain date November 12) to help local agencies with outdoor service projects. Think leaf brigade, fall yard clean-up, exterior painting/cleaning, or other projects that can be completed outside. Due to the continued impacts of COVID on our community, we are only connecting volunteers with outdoor projects at this time; we appreciate your understanding. We are also seeking a limited number of outdoor projects for Friday, September 24 in coordination with our Campaign Kickoff. 

>> Learn More and Submit Your Project Proposal

SNAP Benefit to Permanently Increase by 25%

The Biden administration announced that SNAP benefits will permanently increase by $36 per person. The pre-pandemic benefit provided on average $121 per month for a single person, this will now be increased to $157. 42 million Americans currently benefit from SNAP and will see their benefits increase come October.

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PA 211 Collecting Back to School Resource Information

We want to help people get connected to resources for all their family’s school needs. We are looking for resources for our PA 211 School Resources page that focuses on Academic Support, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Education Centers, Food Programs, Health Programs, Specialized Support, Supplies, and Youth Programs. Please submit or update community resources now! 

>> Update and Create Your Program Listings

Wolf Administration Announces Plans To Expand Medicaid Postpartum Coverage Period For Mothers

Pennsylvania intends to extend the postpartum coverage period for mothers eligible for Medicaid because of their pregnancy. This historic investment in the health and well-being of new mothers and their babies will allow thousands of birthing parents to continue to access physical and behavioral health care necessary to keep themselves healthy and their families on a path to good health and well-being. Federal law requires Medicaid – or Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania – to extend eligibility for pregnant women with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level for 60 days following the birth of a baby. Under the American Rescue Plan Act, states are able to implement a new state plan option beginning April 1, 2022, to expand the Medicaid postpartum coverage period for mothers to one year following the birth of a baby.

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COVID-19 Survey Results - One Year Into the Pandemic

United Way of Pennsylvania conducted a second COVID-19 Impact Survey one year after the Governor’s Emergency Declaration, with returns showing that many households continue to struggle, including working families.

 

Pennsylvanians have greater concern about mental health and well-being, and responses show a 10 percent increase in low to middle income households’ ability to pay monthly bills as a result of state and federal pandemic assistance. However, a top ongoing concern for low to middle income households is affording housing costs, which is unchanged from the first UWP COVID-19 impact survey conducted in August 2020. 

>> View the Report

>> Spread the Word! Access the Social Media Toolkit

ALICE Report Refresh Provides Updated Data for Nonprofits

In late January, United Ways across Pennsylvania released two new ALICE Reports featuring updated ALICE data - The 2020 ALICE Report for Pennsylvania and the 2020 COVID Impact Survey. The updated data reveals that 33% of Franklin County households are living below the survival budget. Organizations are encouraged to use this data for grant applications, reports, advocacy, and other efforts to help demonstrate the needs of our community. Explore our ALICE Resources to learn more.

Get Your Service Information to the Public

Your services have likely changed given current circumstances. Here are some ways to get information out to area residents about these changes and the services you are providing to help our community:

  • Update your service information for 211 here.

    • Find more 211 Service Provider Tools here (scroll to the bottom for link)

  • Email aweibley@uwfcpa.org if you have any special announcements or information we can share through UWFC’s social media.

  • If you are providing food resources (free community meals, bagged lunches, food pantry, etc.), please provide an update on your services and operation times to Healthy Franklin County.

Share Community Resources

Help those in need of assistance get connected to local services:

Public Health Messaging

It's important we promote public health and safety to our community during the pandemic. Below are some communication resources to use and share:

  • Franklin Forward PSA Videos (scroll down to see videos)

Share Your Donation / Volunteer Needs

Submit volunteer and/or donation needs for your organization to be posted on UWFC website and promoted through UWFC and our partners.

Nonprofits: Submit Your Volunteer & Donation Needs

Thanks for submitting! Please allow 1-2 business days for your volunteer needs to be posted to the website.