READING, PA (April 20, 2020) – Berks County Community Foundation has released $307,800 in emergency grants to 59 Berks County nonprofit organizations to fill critical gaps in funding that have occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding from the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Continuity Grants program will help with unexpected expenses or revenue losses that are not otherwise recoverable by the stimulus measures that the government has put into place.

The disbursements from this program could not come close to satisfying $2,435,203 in funding requests the Community Foundation received from 173 organizations.

“We are working to seek additional resources to assist local nonprofits because we know that government stimulus measures and our emergency grant program will not be enough to sustain all of our local nonprofits,” said Kevin K. Murphy, Community Foundation President. “Many of these organizations are working harder than ever, expending more resources than before, and facing unprecedented financial hardship.”

The Community Foundation recently surveyed Berks County nonprofits about the impact of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The responses indicated tremendous financial stress in every part of the nonprofit sector, said Heidi Williamson, Senior Vice President for Programs and Initiatives at the Community Foundation.

“Organizations from across Berks County need assistance. Some, like the local food pantries, are working every day to meet a growing need among friends and neighbors, many of whom never had to reach out for help before. And as the recovery begins, all of the places that make a community feel like home – think of the arts venues, nature trails, historical societies, libraries, faith groups, and so many others –  will need financial support to restart their work,” Williamson said. “People often ask us where they should donate.

“Our best guidance is to make as generous a contribution as you comfortably can to the organizations that matter most to you.”

 

Grants distributed

$20,000

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Helping Harvest

Opportunity House

The Salvation Army-Reading

$15,000

Berks Coalition to End Homelessness

$10,000

Berks Nature

Boyertown Area Multi-Service

New Journey Community Outreach

Olivet Boys & Girls Club

Prospectus Berco

Reading Recreation Commission

The Salvation Army-Boyertown

The Salvation Army – Service Extension (NE Berks)

$7,500

Shady Hollow Assisted Riding

$7,300

Hannah’s Hope Ministries

$6,000

Fleetwood Area Public Library

$5,000

Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County

Centre Park Historic District, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County

Hope Rescue Mission

Our Town Foundation (Hamburg)

Studio B (through Building a Better Boyertown)

YMCA of Reading & Berks County

Yocum Institute for Arts Education

$4,000

CASA of Berks County

$3,800

The Rudden Family Foundation

$3,500

Leesport Lock House Foundation

$3,000

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Kutztown

$2,500

Art Plus Gallery

Berks Sinfonietta, Inc.

Clay on Main

Genesius Theatre

Hamburg Area Historical Society

Opus One Berks Chamber Choir

Reading Choral Society

Reading Theater Project

Ringgold Band Inc.

$2,000

Boone Area Library

Exeter Library Association

Kutztown Community Library

Mifflin Community Library

Village Library of Morgantown

Muhlenberg Community Library

Oley Valley Community Library

Schuylkill Valley Community Library

Spring Township Library Association

Bernardine Franciscan Sisters

Hamburg Vol. Forest Fire Crew Inc.

The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading

$1,500

Leesport Area Historical Society

$1,000

Berks County Genealogical Society

Berks Military History Museum

Fleetwood Community Theatre

Reading Flotilla training base

The Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead

$900

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

Fleetwood Community Bus Inc.

Million Youth Chess Club

 

COVID-19 Nonprofit Continuity Grants

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Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing charitable funds aimed at improving the quality of life in Berks County. More information is available at www.bccf.org.

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Contact: Jason Brudereck, Director of Communication, 610.685.2223, jasonb@bccf.org