Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund Crosses $700K Mark in Funds Raised for Essential Nonprofits.

David Bjorkgren
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The Foundation for Delaware County has crossed the $700K mark in funds raised for the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund.

At the same time, it announced its 17th round of grants with two grants, totaling $55,000.

Included are a $50,000 grant for Partners for Sacred Places to provide onsite socially distant support for remote learning to students in Chester Upland and William Penn School Districts.

In addition, a $5,000 grant was distributed to Child Guidance Resource Centers to purchase personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies for staff in four community rehabilitation residences.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of every person who has contributed to the Response Fund. It is not too late to donate. The foundation is still receiving requests for funding from nonprofits addressing immediate needs in the community,” said Frances Sheehan, president. “Nonprofits are still seeing increased demand at food pantries and are still in need of PPE, cleaning supplies, and funding for new technology so that they can serve vulnerable clients.”

Seventy-three  grants have helped nonprofits serving Delaware County to re-open childcare service operations safely, provide food boxes and essential items such as diapers and basic hygiene products to low-income families, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers, supply breakfast and lunch items for students, provide support for remote learning and much more.

The complete list of grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund is available here.

The following organizations were awarded grants in September from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund:

Child Guidance Resource Centers: $5,000 to purchase personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies.

Partners for Sacred Places: $50,000 to provide onsite socially distant support for remote learning.

Chester Upland School District (CUSD): $18,240 to fund Parent Technology Support Centers to educate, train and assist parents with aiding their children with virtual learning. Services will also meet language needs of Spanish, Arabic and French speaking families.

College Possible: $7,500 to support technology needed to recruit, engage and work with Delaware County high school students planning to attend college.

Mercy Catholic: $10,000 for grocery store gift cards for families using church-related food pantries to supplement those food baskets with ethnic food not available.

Tyler Arboretum: $10,000 to grow produce to support and supplement several Delaware County food pantries.

Teachers’ Teammates: $10,000 for grab and go bags for elementary school students in the William Penn School District (WPSD). Each bag will provide supplies students need at home so they can fully participate in virtual learning. The bags will be distributed to 3,000 K-6 grade students and include items such as pencils, pens, a white board, crayons, markers, glue sticks, composition book and more.

For more information and updates, you can visit the foundation at www.delcofoundation.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @delcofdn.

About The Foundation for Delaware County

A public charity founded in 2016, The Foundation for Delaware County is the largest philanthropy serving Delaware County. Learn more here.

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