The impact of the Foundation's $1,165,000 in Delaware County grant awards is illustrated by diverse hands together.

The Foundation for Delaware County is honored to partner with these 42 nonprofit organizations to improve the health and well-being of residents in our community. And we are grateful for the contributors whose generosity has made this funding possible. The $1,165,000 in Delaware County grant awards will support the following projects to address critical issues:

To improve physical and behavioral health services for Delaware County’s children:

Chester Arts and Cultural Center Corporation, received $20,000 for low-income children and their families to learn to grow and cook with nutrient rich produce at Ruth Bennett Community Farm.

Chester Community Coalition, received $47,500 over 3 years to support a collaborative effort (with Child Guidance Resource Centers and others) to break the cycle of violence in Chester by providing intensive counseling to children who have lost a family member to gun violence.

Chester Eastside, Inc., received $10,000 over 2 years, to support FoodMatters! KIDS, a healthy meal and nutrition education program.

Chester Upland Youth Soccer, received $15,000 to develop healthy activity habits for over 500 students living in the Chester-Upland School District.

Child Guidance Resource Centers, received $25,000 in support for costs associated with training counselors in trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (collaborative effort with Chester Community Coalition and others).

Delaware County Board of Fire and Life Safety, received $32,000 to purchase equipment for the new Thomas Wolfarth EMS Pediatric Simulation Center at Delaware County’s Public Safety Training Center (partial funding provided by the foundation’s Thomas Wolfarth EMS Training Fund).

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc., received $30,000 in general operating support for critical services to families, including children, who are victims of domestic violence.

EasterSeals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, received $20,000 to open a new early intervention classroom for Delaware County children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities.

Elwyn, received $20,000 to support the Early Childhood Collaborative, a partnership with Widener University and Apple Pie Academy to train child care staff in identifying the early intervention needs of low-income children in day care.

Family Support Line of Delaware County, Inc, received $45,000 in general operating support over 3 years for advocacy and counseling for children who are victims of sexual abuse.

J. Lewis Crozer Library, received $20,000 to support a reading program that reaches 700 children, using health and nutrition as the focus of reading material.

Kids Smiles, received $25,000 to fund outreach to over 5,000 Delaware County children in need of dental care.

Public Citizens for Children and Youth, received $7,500 to recruit volunteer dentists to serve over 150 low-income Delaware County children at the 2019 Give Kids a Smile Day.

Vetri Foundation for Children (Vetri Community Partnership), received $10,000 to provide the My Daughter’s Kitchen cooking club for Delaware County after school programs to improve children’s nutrition, and empower low income families to make their own nutritious meals at home on a tight budget.

To support advocacy and systems change for improved health service delivery for Delaware County’s children:

To support preventive health services for vulnerable and low-income Delaware County residents:

CASA Youth Advocates, Inc., received $100,000 over 2 years to launch Delaware County’s Voice for Children, a coalition of human service, government, philanthropic, and individual advocates building a comprehensive safety net of services to ensure children’s healthy and safe development.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network, received $20,000 to assist aging Delaware County Medicaid participants as Community HealthChoices is implemented in 2019.

Pennsylvania Health Law Project, received $35,000 to increase access to healthcare for children with disabilities in Delaware County.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, received $20,000 to advocate for increased state funding for evidence-based home visiting services that improve children’s health and development from pregnancy through the early years.

Public Citizens for Children and Youth, received $25,000 to support Leadfree Delaware County, a campaign to boost lead screening and build public will to protect children, (partial funding provided by the foundation’s Toxicology Fund established by Dr. Dorian Jacobs).

ChesPenn Health Services, received $60,000 to support a patient centered medical home initiative.

Community Volunteers in Medicine, received $20,000 to expand dental services at Surrey Services for Delaware County seniors.

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, received $25,000 to support the LiveStrong cancer survivor program at the YMCA Rocky Run site in Media, PA.

Senior Community Services, received $15,000 in general operating support for health and wellness activities provided at four senior centers and for the agency’s Center without Walls, which extends services to seniors in communities without a center.

Surrey Services, received $10,000 in general operating support for health and wellness activities at the senior centers in Delaware County.

Widener University, received $20,000 to equip the new student-run occupational therapy clinic, providing services to uninsured and underinsured Delaware County residents.

Preparing Delaware County’s students for success in college:

To address Delaware County’s substance use including the opioid epidemic:

Chester Education Foundation, received $50,000 to re-establish college resource services in Chester.

Delaware County Community College (DCCC), received $20,000 to improve college retention by studying the daycare needs of DCCC parenting students.

The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts, received $40,000 to support the Health Sciences Elective Program at the Chester Charter School for the Arts.

Be Proud Foundation, received $60,000 over 3 years to fund the development and marketing of a teen-developed smart-phone app that educates middle and high school students about substance use and provides an emergency contact information in case of an overdose or other unsafe conditions.

CityTeam, received $15,000 to support the agency’s residential substance use recovery program for men.

Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank, received $10,000 to support the expansion of western Pennsylvania’s Mothers’ Donor Milk Bank to Delaware County, providing breast milk to infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

To improve maternal and birth outcomes in Delaware County:

Pettaway Pursuit Foundation (PPF), received $50,000 over 2 years for community-based programming in breastfeeding support, childbirth and newborn care education, life skills and more.

To support and improve access to hospice and homecare services in Delaware County (with partial funding from The Philadelphia Foundation’s Delaware County Home Care Fund):

Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice Foundation, received $20,000 for general operating support.

Mercy Home Health, received $30,000 for general operating support.

Wayne Senior Center, received $10,000 to build the agency’s capacity to identify isolated seniors.

Surrey Services, received $30,000 for general operating support.

Senior Community Services, received $33,000 to support Senior Suppers, the agency’s home-delivered meal program.

Strengthening Delaware County’s non-profit community:

This priority is designed to enhance an organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission through strategic planning, infrastructure development, succession planning, staff development, etc.

March 1 Announcement of $330,000 of New Grants from Restricted Funds:

2019 Grant Cycle

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