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COVID-19 Response Fund awards $56,000 in housing grants

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May 12, 2020

The York County COVID-19 Response Fund, launched jointly by United Way of York County and the York County Community Foundation (YCCF) in March, has awarded this week an additional $56,000 in grants to three United Way Partner Agencies, to keep families in their homes as they experience hardship due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. 

We are pleased to partner with the following nonprofit organizations: 

  • Community Progress Council, to provide budget counseling and rental assistance for those whose housing security is impacted by COVID-19. The grant will also support the creation and management of a communications plan to encourage people to seek advice on how to manage their current financial situation.


  • New Hope Ministries, to provide budget counseling and rental assistance for those whose housing security is impacted by COVID-19.


  • CONTACT Helpline / PA 211, to implement a focused procedure to connect York County residents to appropriate resources for housing, utilities and food security, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For our ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) neighbors, who are working hard but living paycheck to paycheck, many are facing challenges they’ve never experienced before. The health and human services helpline 211, managed in our region by United Way Partner Agency CONTACT Helpline, has seen a 32% increase in calls requesting help with housing, and these additional resources are critical to support the many families and individuals who are struggling.

To our many generous donors who’ve made these grants possible, thank you.

Please read more about the grant-making process in our media release.

Your help is still needed

We recognize that COVID-19 will continue to impact many people as this crisis continues, and even in new ways. Now, more than ever, York County needs our support.

If you’d like to be a part of this life-changing work, please consider a special gift to support these emerging and critical needs.

100% of donations to the Fund will go directly to support nonprofit organizations responding to needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Impact 20 update to feature Response Fund

Join YCCF and United Way for Impact 20, a 20-minute virtual update about things that matter most in York County. May's topic is an Inside Look at How the COVID-19 Response Fund Works.
YCCF President & CEO Jane Conover will talk with Lise Levin, Vice President of Community Investment at YCCF, and Natalie Williams, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of York County, about how grant decisions are being made for the York County COVID-19 Response Fund, and how those decisions are shaped by collective impact.





 Join us online or by phone on May 21 at 9 a.m.

The virtual update is FREE via Zoom, but registration is required.

CLICK HERE to register.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to support our community in this time of need. In addition to considering a gift to the York County COVID-19 Response Fund, you can also help support urgent community needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic through volunteerism.


If you are healthy and able, check out remote, virtual and in-person opportunities listed through the United Way COVID-19 Resources page.


Know of a volunteer opportunity that should be added? Reach out to Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Bryce Kruger at krugerb@unitedway-york.org.

Connect to 211

The health and human services helpline 211 continues to be a powerful resource to be shared with individuals who may need additional assistance with childcare, food, housing and other needs in this challenging time. Anyone can dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free.