The Foundation for Delaware County established the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund on March 13, 2020, to provide immediate and longer-term resources for nonprofits serving vulnerable residents across our county. We anticipate that the impact to nonprofits from COVID-19 will be long-lasting and recovery will be a difficult process.

The foundation is making every effort to get funds to the community as quickly as possible, distributing grants weekly since the fund launched. Nine rounds of grants, totaling $405,010 have been distributed to 53 frontline organizations. Grants help nonprofits provide food boxes and gift cards for food-insecure families, as well as diapers, and essential supplies such as cleaning and basic hygiene products. Some nonprofits are collecting personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers.

While there is a great sense of urgency right now, the effects of this pandemic will be long-lasting and the foundation is here for the long-term. The Foundation for Delaware County asks everyone to support the county’s increasing emergency needs with a gift to the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund. 100% of your donation will go directly to vulnerable communities. No amount is too small. “We will continue to do everything we can to support nonprofits providing emergency aid on behalf of those in need, and are tremendously gratified by the generosity of donors we’ve worked with since the foundation began in 2016 as well as new donors who’ve stepped forward in this crisis,” foundation president, Frances Sheehan.

Grants listed are as of Thursday, May 28, 2020. Grants from the fund are being awarded on a rolling basis to address the social, health, and economic impacts of the coronavirus on Delaware County’s most vulnerable neighbors. We will continue to update this page on a weekly basis.

Round nine grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Multicultural Community Family Services: $10,161 to purchase culturally ethnic food and essentials items for seniors in need and to purchase supplemental formula and wipes for families with children younger than one.

Nutritional Development Services: $12,924 to supply shelf-stable food to six food cupboards and one outreach center in Delaware County.

Round eight grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Child Guidance Resource Centers: $13,000 for personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and professional cleaning for their Community Residential Rehabilitation program for adults.

Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County: $11,210 for cleaning supplies, a decontamination unit and staff training around best practices in childcare and CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning.

Philadelphia Medical Society: $30,800 for support groups designed to provide unity, solidarity and emotional support to assist in promoting the overall well-being of frontline providers.

Ridley School District: $10,000 to provide “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch items for students.

Round seven grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Community Options, Inc: $ 2,500 for food, cleaning supplies and PPE to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Irish Immigration Center: $5,820 to provide food and cleaning supplies for immigrants who are not eligible for government assistance.

Peaceful Living: $3,840 to provide virtual services to connect vulnerable adults with disabilities to services needed.

Round six grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Andrew L. Hick Foundation: $10,000 to provide boxes of produce and dairy products to Chester, Chester Township and Upland area residents.

SeniorLAW Center: $5,000 for free legal advice to seniors to prevent illegal evictions, foreclosures, abuse, fraud, exploitation, and scams.

Round five grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Chester Community Improvement Project: $10,000 to provide emergency financial counseling to families experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Clarifi: $10,000 to provide emergency financial counseling to families experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Media Fellowship House: $10,000 to provide emergency financial counseling to families experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

The Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence: $10,000 to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to continue to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Round four grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund include:

Centro de Apoyo Comunitario: $3,000 to purchase and distribute food familiar to the immigrant population to Upper Darby/ Darby/ Lansdowne Area.

Making a Change Group: $10,000 to deliver food and essential supplies to food-insecure families in Chester.

Mental Health Partnerships: 10,000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff at their Upper Darby emergency shelter which supports people who have mental illness, are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

Neighbor to Neighbor Comm. Dev. Corp.: $5,000 for essential supplies to deliver food to low-income residents in the Sharon Hill and Darby Township area.

Round three grantees from the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund include:

ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter: $5,000 for families living with ALS in their in-home care program, in Delaware County.

Anna’s Place: $7,000 for gift cards to grocery stores for seniors with housing insecurities and those suffering from mental illness.

Breathing Room Foundation$6,000 to provide Delaware County cancer patients transportation to treatment, care packets (food or gift cards) and nutritional supplements.

Bringing Hope Home: $4,000 to provide Delaware County cancer patients with grocery store gift cards.

Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired: $5,000 to provide transportation services for the blind and visually impaired that need help with grocery shopping, banking, prescriptions, and necessary medical appointments.

Chester Arts and Cultural Center Corporation: $10,800 to provide boxes of produce for distribution to Chester Housing Authority (CHA) residents in need.

Elwyn: $10,000 for personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Community Residential Services (CRS) homes in Delaware County.

Jewish Relief Agency: $5,000 for boxes of food and hygiene products to be delivered to food-insecure families living in Delaware County.

Senior Community Services: $10,000 for their Home Delivered Meal program.

Saint Katherine Drexel Food Pantry: $10,000 to provide food for Chester City residents living in a designated region.

Round Two Grants, announced on 4.13.20

CASA Youth Advocates: $10,000 to purchase gift cards for groceries and emergency transportation, diapers, baby wipes and formula as well as cleaning supplies for CASA children.

Chester Community Coalition: $1,300 to purchase telehealth software to continue to provide therapy and manage secure communications.

Chester Eastside: $7,000 to purchase food and essential items to maintain service delivery for their pantry.

Cityteam: $10,000 to distribute emergency food boxes, diapers and formula to guests in need.

Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.: $10,000 for homelessness services that include providing emergency hotel placements for homeless residents, food and essential supplies in homeless shelters.

Family and Community Service of Delaware County: $10,000 for fourteen food pantries to provide home delivery of food boxes to low-income households in the county that are quarantined due to COVID-19 symptoms and residents with underlying health conditions.

Family Support Line of Delaware County, Inc.: $7,500 to supplement technology needs so that forensic and clinical staff can continue to provide support to child victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Grace Court, Inc., a community of HumanGood East (f/k/a Presby’s Inspired Life): $1,000 for gift cards to grocery stores for low-income seniors and people who are disabled in Yeadon.

Keystone Human Services: $1,500 to purchase essential supplies to care for individuals with intellectual disabilities in one of eight dedicated homes in Delaware County.

Kisses for Kyle Foundation: $5,000 for gift cards to grocery stores and essential supplies for families in Delaware County battling pediatric cancer.

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA): $3,000 to provide nutritious, shelf-stable meals, in addition to regular deliveries, for individuals who face life-threatening illness and have complex diets in Delaware County.

Service Corps of Retired Executives Association: $5,000 to develop and communicate critical training on Resilience and Recovery Plans for nonprofit clients (e.g., navigating long-term uncertainty and aftermath of disruption, technical strategies for success, communication skills and essential PR tools).

The Peggie & Paul Shevlin Family Foundation: $4,000 to provide food, groceries and other essential supplies to recovery houses in Delaware County.

Round One Grants, announced on 4.6.20:

Boys and Girls Club of Chester: $10,155 to provide gift cards to grocery stores for food-insecure families served by the club and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County: $10,000 to support the continuation of services, including telephone crisis counseling, to survivors of domestic violence.

Drexel Neumann Academy: $10,000 to provide gift cards to grocery stores for food-insecure families in Chester affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greater Philadelphia YMCA: $5,000 to aid the Rocky Run and Haverford YMCA Early Learning Centers in providing childcare and school age programming to healthcare professionals’ children while they are at work.

Individuals Aiding in Emergency Foundation: $5,000 to partner with Delaware County Emergency Services and collect essential products needed such as face masks (N95), gloves, disinfectant cleaning supplies, CARE Kits that include basic hygiene supplies.

Mitzvah Circle: $4,500 to purchase diapers, wipes and soap for families living at or below the poverty level and families struggling with serious medical conditions.

Nationalities Service Center: $5,000 to provide financial assistance for immigrants who have lost their homes, income, and/or employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philabundance: $5,000 to prepare pre-assembled meal boxes, that can each provide up to four meals for a family of four, distributed with minimal contact to more than a dozen member agencies in Delaware County.

Salvation Army: $10,000 to distribute food boxes and essential supplies such as sanitizers, utensils, masks, and more to community members.

Valley Youth House: $4,000 to purchase essential items for necessities including food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and other household items for youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, and youth experiencing homelessness.

Women’s Resource Center of the Delaware Valley: $5,000 to sustain WRC’s Resource Coordination Counseling Services and support an Emergency Assistance Fund to address immediate needs such as food and household supplies not available through local pantries and health-related needs.

The Foundation for Delaware County asks everyone to consider making a donation today – or pledge a monthly recurring donation – to support organizations that are vital to Delaware County.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone for digging deeper during these emotionally and financially stressful times including these donors each of whom gave at the $5,000 level or more:

25th Century Foundation, Anonymous, Bank of America, Barra Foundation, Boggs Family Fund, Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, Crozer Keystone Health System, Chris Cullen, Carol and Daniel DuPont, DO, Ed and Ellen Hanway, Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Gallagher, JMC Fund – Northern Trust Charitable Giving Program at the Chicago Community Foundation, Mike and Sofia Magnavita, Park Power, PECO, PFM, Reformation Lutheran Church, Joan Richards, SAP Foundation, Scholler Foundation, Nathan Speare Foundation, Lynne Steuerle Fund, Kate and Brian Zidek.

Please contact Ellen Grill at 610-744-1015 or egrill@delcofoundation.org to inquire about how you too can support the Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund.