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Funding for COVID-19 Response & Relief

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

Child Tax Credit Awareness Day - June 21st

Monday, June 21st will be Child Tax Credit Awareness Day—a day of action to get the word out far and wide on the upcoming monthly payments that will benefit nearly all families. CTC is one of the most successful anti child poverty programs and will help many parents with the costs of raising children. Here is a link to White House announcement.

 

Send a letter to Congress and ask that the historic expansion to CTC made in the American Rescue Plan stay permanently!  >> Write a Letter

Update Your Summer Program Information at PA 211

PA 211 will be offering Family Resources for the summer. Please take a few minutes to update your PA 211 listings and make sure we've got all your excellent programs listed! Keeping your program information accurate and up-to-date is critical to helping PA 211 be the most valuable county-wide (and beyond) referral resource.

>> Update Your Program Listings

Click below to see how we're featuring Summer Programs that focus on childcare and enrichment!

>> View PA 211 Family Resources

Moratorium on Evictions set to end June 30 - Help us Promote ERAP!

PA 211 is anticipating a sharp increase in contact volume in response to the scheduled end of the COVID-19 moratorium on evictions on June 30, 2021. We also anticipate that the organizations administering the ERAP program in each county will experience a large volume of applications at that time. They have provided social media resources to encourage our community members who may be in need of assistance to apply for ERAP as soon as they can. We hope this will help manage the increased demand that we expect when the moratorium expires.

>> 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

The HELP Act (211 Mental Health Legislation) Introduced to US Congress

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) are expected to introduce bipartisan federal legislation supporting 211. The HELP Act is a mental health bill that would provide $550 million in funding for 211 to coordinate with 988 (the national suicide prevention hotline) to holistically address the mental health crisis in the country. It allows for increased coordination between emergency services and will enable them to connect people to the appropriate mental health, homelessness and community services they need, while also reducing the call and the response burden on local and state law enforcement agencies. This legislation is critical to strengthening and expanding 211 to ensure that people have access to the mental health services and other critical supports they need in the wake of a growing mental health crisis. 

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.