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York County philanthropic groups develop COVID-19 response fund

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

Several York County philanthropic groups have developed a COVID-19 response fund to support the nonprofit organizations working to assist the community during this time of pandemic. 

The $100,000 endowment was provided by the York County Community Foundation, which partnered with United Way of York County and other philanthropic groups to set up the response fund.

Jane Conover, president and CEO of YCCF, said that by collaborating with several organizations, they are able to "strategically and rapidly" deploy collective resources to meet the immediate demands for basics such as food and housing.

"As community needs evolve over the next months, we will adapt the grant-making focus as well,” Conover said in a news release. “The Community Foundation knows that in times of need, York Countians step up to support each other."

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Volunteer Roberta Daab of York Township prepares a walk-through area during a food distribution at the York County Food Bank Friday, March 20, 2020. The food bank modified its distribution program to minimize human contact during the Coronavirus pandemic. The majority of distribution was made via drive-thru service. Bill Kalina photo

While no grant applications are being accepted, recipients are being identified by surveying and engaging with nonprofit and government agencies that have responded to the effects of coronavirus.

A community advisory committee will be formed to provide input on the priority needs and will include representatives from local agencies, health and human service sector experts and representatives from the community, according to the news release. 

"The York County COVID-19 Response Fund will initially focus on supporting nonprofit agencies with the greatest capacity to provide food and shelter to the most vulnerable residents," the release reads.

Additional donations for the response fund are from the W. Dale Brougher Foundation, the Arthur J. & Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation, the Kinsley Foundation, the Powder Mill Foundation and the J. William Warehime Foundation.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.