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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

Updates on Policy & Resources

Governor Wolf Signs Act 1 of 2021 Issuing Statewide Rental and Utility Assistance

On Friday, February 5th, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 109 into law which will provide relief for individuals and businesses in Pennsylvania who are struggling. The Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program is included in Act 1 of 2021 and outlines fund disbursal to all counties on March 7th, 2021. Here is a Summary of the program.

CDC Vaccine Education Toolkit for Community Based Organizations

This toolkit is designed for staff of organizations serving communities affected by COVID-19. These CBOs could include social service organizations, faith-based organizations, YMCAs/YWCAs, fraternities, school organizations (e.g., PTAs/PTOs), meal delivery services, senior centers, and others. This toolkit will help your organization educate community members about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns. View the Toolkit.

Pennie Opens for Extended Enrollment Period for Pennsylvanians Seeking Healthcare Coverage

Due to the continued public health risks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth and in-line with President Biden’s recent Executive Order, the Pennie Board of Directors unanimously approved the opening of a Special Enrollment Period to allow anyone impacted by COVID-19 more time to enroll in coverage. Anyone is eligible to enroll in coverage through Pennie from February 15 until May 15. Read more.

Governor Wolf Delivers 2021 Budget Address

Governor Wolf virtually delivered his 2020-2021 Budget Address to Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth. Governor Wolf outlined his administration’s focus to lower the barriers that working families face. The governor’s plan includes cutting taxes for working families and businesses, investments in education and workforce development, raising the minimum wage, and legalizing marijuana. The governor’s proposal amounts to $37.8 billion. Here is United Way of PA’s Full Budget Analysis.

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. Available To Anyone, Regardless of Income is now up and running! It is available to anyone, regardless of income, to file their simple state and federal tax returns for free. For images to market the services (including sample social media posts) and flyers, click here.

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 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
United Way
of Franklin County


Phone: 717-262-0015

Location: 182 S. Second St.

                 Chambersburg, PA 17201

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