$2.1 million in Community Reopening Grants were awarded to 80 regional nonprofits
PHILADELPHIA – The PHL COVID-19 Fund announced awardees of its Community Reopening Grants. In its seventh round of funding, the Fund awarded $2.1 million to 80 nonprofit organizations with specific needs pertaining to their transitions to recovery.
The Fund, launched on March 19 and led by the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) was established in an effort to rapidly deploy aid to nonprofits serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus. In total, the Fund has awarded 548 grants totaling $17.5 million.
The Community Reopening Grants will support social safety-net organizations providing the infrastructure to enable individuals to safely return to work. Among those organizations receiving grants are It Takes Philly and Resources for Human Development (RHD).
It Takes Philly operates The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC). BDCC provides education and COVID-19 testing in the African American community, a population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who is at a disproportionate risk to the effects of COVID-19. The BDCC has created a mobile testing unit, serving residents in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, that does not require a car, appointment, primary care referral, or insurance. The CDC points to mass testing as a critical prevention point in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which makes BDCC’s work a vital service as the region moves into the recovery phase.
“Thank you to the PHL COVID-19 Fund for acknowledging and supporting our work towards mitigating the spread of COVID-19 disease in the hardest-hit African American community,” said Ala Stanford, MD, and Founder of BDCC. “This will assist in our efforts towards a sustainable equity center that works to improving health outcomes in all areas of health beyond the pandemic.”
Serving some of the region’s most vulnerable residents in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Camden, and Chester counties, RHD is a human services nonprofit that specializes in creating innovative, quality services that support people of all abilities. As the organization prepares for reopening, particularly its youth summer programs, funds are needed to ensure staff, program participants, and the facility are equipped with proper supplies and materials to keep everyone safe.
“As we navigate these unchartered waters, we have to ensure that critical resources remain available and accessible to those who need it the most. As an organization that serves vulnerable populations, we are committed to the lives that we touch in each one of our programs,” said Marco Giordano, CEO of Resources for Human Development. “We are immensely grateful to the response efforts provided by the PHL COVID-19 Fund. Funds from this grant will ensure that we are able to continue providing life-saving community services.”
“The process to reopen our communities and meaningfully recover from this pandemic takes a marathon effort and the only way we can measurably move forward is by tackling these hurdles together,” said Bill Golderer, President & CEO of UWGPSNJ. “The PHL COVID-19 Fund has quickly responded to emerging needs while stabilizing the safety-nets for those hardest hit by the virus and ensuring that the right resources are in place for our neighbors to safely return to work.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate as a community,” said Pedro Ramos, President & CEO of Philadelphia Foundation. “What hasn’t changed is our desire to work and play alongside one another. In order to do that, we need to carefully consider the health and wellbeing of our neighbors. That accountability calls for a higher level of resources, many of which are provided by the safety-net organizations serving our communities.”
The PHL COVID-19 Fund prioritizes supporting people who are hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, such as seniors, people experiencing homelessness, those with disabilities, low-income residents without health insurance, people with substance abuse disorder, and survivors of abuse.
The complete list of grantees for the seventh round of funding can be found below and is available at www.PHLCOVID19Fund.org.
For more information and updates, follow the Fund on Twitter at twitter.com/phlcovid19fund.
PHL COVID-19 FUND GRANTEES: June 25, 2020
Organizations that received funding in this round are:
|A Woman’s Place||$10,000|
|AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania||$10,000|
|Bebashi – Transition to Hope||$33,520|
|Bridge Academy & Community Center||$10,000|
|Casino Reinvestment Development Authority||$40,000|
|Centro de Apoyo Comunitario||$5,000|
|Chester County Hospital Foundation||$25,000|
|Coatesville Youth Initiative||$20,000|
|Community of Compassion||$6,000|
|Community Service Foundation||$15,000|
|Community Volunteers in Medicine||$25,000|
|Congreso de Latinos Unidos||$60,000|
|Daemion Counseling Center||$10,000|
|Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre||$28,000|
|Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia||$25,000|
|Face to Face||$50,000|
|Girls First of Norristown||$4,000|
|Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ||$30,000|
|Interfaith Caregivers of Haddonfield||$15,000|
|It Takes Philly||$60,000|
|Jenkintown Day Nursery||$22,000|
|Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley||$20,000|
|Make The World Better Foundation||$15,000|
|MECCA Early Child Care||$35,000|
|Morrisville Senior Servicenter LLC||$5,000|
|NO MO Inc.||$27,000|
|Norristown Hospitality Center||$30,000|
|Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health||$25,000|
|Penndel Middletown Emergency Squad||$25,000|
|Pennridge Community Center||$7,000|
|Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation||$60,000|
|Philadelphia Corporation for Aging||$50,000|
|Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation||$60,000|
|Phoenixville Area Children’s Learning Center||$25,000|
|Play and Learn||$25,000|
|Plymouth Community Ambulance Association||$30,000|
|Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities||$20,000|
|Resources for Human Development||$40,000|
|Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey||$8,000|
|Safe Haven Family Life Center||$7,000|
|Saint James School||$5,000|
|Sankofa Healing Studio||$7,000|
|Skippack Emergency Medical Services||$5,000|
|Smart Center of Child Development and Education||$60,000|
|People in Northeast||$25,000|
|St. Cyprian Children’s Center||$25,000|
|The Arc of Chester County||$30,000|
|The Caring Center||$25,000|
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