Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund, established in March by United Way of Bucks County with additional funding from Penn Community Bank, has awarded 14 new grants totaling over $70,000.
In June, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), was awarded $17,400, to continue to provide critical support to their clients. Grant funds allowed NOVA to provide a safe working environment for staff and safe meeting spaces for clients. Computer equipment and video set-ups were required to continue meeting with clients safely. Grant funds also provided a supply of personal protective equipment for staff and increased cleaning services in their offices, counseling areas, and waiting areas.
Penny Ettinger, executive director at NOVA said, “The pandemic is having a significant impact on many of our clients. For victims of personal violence such as sexual assault, the uncertainty of when this crisis will end, the isolation caused by the stay at home order combined with the stress caused by the shift in daily living can trigger a relapse of trauma.”
She added, “As an essential facility, we cannot have a lapse in services. Therefore, by purchasing necessary technology, personal protective equipment, and increasing our cleaning services, NOVA will be able to provide a safe environment and limit the staff and client exposure to the coronavirus.”
In addition to the grant awarded to NOVA, recent grant recipients include: Worthwhile Wear, NOVA, Children’s Developmental Program, Valley Youth House, and Penn Foundation, all who received an award for the first time. Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN), Good Friends, Inc., The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Keystone Opportunity Center, Bucks County Children and Youth, Penndel Mental Health and Family Service Association received additional awards.
Since its inception, the COVID-19 Recovery fund has provided 46 grants, totaling nearly $250,000, to dozens of local nonprofits serving people impacted by COVID-19. All grants focus on life-sustaining and essential human services. To learn more about the programs and services provided by these agencies, visit uwbucks.org/covidgrantswork
United Way of Bucks County Member Agencies will continue to submit grant applications on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by a panel of business and nonprofit leaders. Payments are released immediately to ensure that people who experience a financial crisis due to COVID-19 get help quickly.