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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
Is this a volunteer opportunity for MLK Day of Service on January 17, 2022?

Thanks for submitting! Please allow up to 3 business days for your volunteer needs to be posted to the website.

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.

WellSpan Slow the Spread Grant

WellSpan Health is once again offering Slow the Spread grants of up to $5000 each for requests that will contribute to:

  • slowing the spread of the COVID 19 virus and the seasonal flu

  • encouraging others to be fully vaccinated

  • supporting emergency shelters as they struggle to meet the demand of increased numbers of homeless and decreased shelter space due to COVID

 Requests should address funding needs that have not been fulfilled by other funding sources such as, but not limited to, CARES Act or American Rescue Plan Act. 

Grant applications are available here and open from December 23, 2021 through January 31, 2022. A limited amount of funding is available, and applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. If you have any questions, please email communitygrants@wellspan.org.

Updates on Policy & Resources

LIHEAP Application Process Opens for 2021-22

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period has opened for the season and will be extended through May 6, 2022. LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $500 to $1,500 based on household size, income, and fuel type. 

>> Learn More and Access Application

Subsidized Child Care Program: Changes Set to Lower Cost for Families

The Wolf Administration announced changes to Child Care Works (CCW), Pennsylvania’s subsidized child care program, that will decrease costs to families who qualify for subsidized care and add incentives for child care providers to participate in the program. Beginning January 1, 2022, CCW will support lower maximum copayments for eligible families, increase base rates for participating providers, and rate incentives for providers that offer child care during non-traditional hours. 

>> Read More About the CCW Expansion

>> Contact our local Franklin County ELRC for Information on Applying

PA 211 Housing Page

PA 211 has created a new tool on pa211.org/housing to help clients with housing needs navigate available services, which vary widely from county to county. Please help us promote this new tool by using the social media toolkit below! Content is provided in English and Spanish, for all main social media platforms. 

>> Download and Print PA 211 Housing Flyer

>> Social Media Toolkit

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)