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United Way of Bucks, Penn Community Bank establish COVID-19 Recovery Fund, seek contributions


United Way of Bucks County, with the support of Penn Community Bank, Tuesday, announced the creation of the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund to help people in Bucks County who may experience a financial crisis as the result of the pandemic of COVID-19.

Launching with $25,000 in donations from each organization, the fund will be used to assist residents with basic needs, such as food, shelter, utilities and transportation.

Funds will flow through United Way’s member agencies, who will be able to request support for COVID-19-related services to clients. No administrative expenses will be attached to the fund; all money raised will go directly to help people and agencies with short-term and long-term financial recovery.

Penn Community Bank Chief Relationship Officer Todd Hurley will join other local leaders on a review board to oversee the allocation of funds.

Although it is likely that a bill providing additional emergency relief will be passed at the federal level, the organizations said a flexible, local fund is needed. The primary objective is to make funds available quickly, as well as to provide items – and help people – not covered by federal funding.

“Many of our nonprofit partners are on the front lines. They are already seeing an increased need for things like emergency food, cleaning products, paper goods – even diapers – and this trend will continue,” said Marissa Christie, United Way of Bucks County’s CEO.

“As local businesses adjust their operations and staffing to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that many in our community will feel the hardship created by missed or reduced paychecks,” said Jeane M. Vidoni, president and CEO of Penn Community Bank.

“We know that many more businesses and organizations are looking for ways to help in this time of need, and this is it,” she added. “Together we can rise above this challenge and help those in need.”

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