Category: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED

Mar
4

COVID-19 Conditions Strain School Districts and Nonprofit Partners as More Youth and Families Experience Homelessness

Filed Under: Housing,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 4:44pm

Elementary students walking away from a bus, wearing COVID-19 masks.

    Marilee Hill-Anderson, Directory of Community Engagement of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District paints a picture of the staggering need families in the district are facing right now, “We had a family who was illegally evicted from a local motel that had been there for a year and a half as homeless. They were > Continue Reading

Feb
12

Government Volume, Philanthropic Flexibility Ensure CARES Act Dollars Reach Pierce County Residents 

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 2:59pm

Even with a massive infusion of federal dollars, getting money to those who need it most isn’t easy. When Pierce County received $158 million in CARES Act funding last summer, the money came with a tight deadline to get it out to the community: December 31, 2020.   Heather Moss, the director of Human Services in Pierce County, explains > Continue Reading

Oct
8

Technology and Internet Access Are Essential Needs Under COVID-19 Conditions

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 11:20am

  Arriving to work one day at Tacoma’s Peace Community Center, Development Director, Lianna Shepherd met a mother in desperate need of reliable internet bandwidth in order to work from home, “She’s worked for Delta Airlines for years, and now suddenly has to perform her customer service duties from home. The woman says, ‘I don’t > Continue Reading

Aug
12

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Extends Funding For Urgent Needs Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 4:45pm

“We just started taking kids and told parents, we know that there is money coming and we’re going to use the daycare grant to pay for the kids.” Located in the Hilltop community of Tacoma, the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center provides important services to children and families. Gail Neal, Executive Director of Multicultural > Continue Reading

May
14

Social Emotional Learning Helps Kids Navigate COVID-19 Disruptions

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:17pm

Sharing is usually something adults encourage kids to practice. That’s why Tess Guerrero understood how strange it sounded when she explained to a student that they couldn’t share their supplies because of safety measures due to COVID-19. “I don’t want to hear one more thing about this virus!” the student exclaimed. Tess said the student’s > Continue Reading

May
13

Pandemic Philanthropy: Trust Is The Key To Impact During COVID-19

Filed Under: Philanthropy,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 10:07am

“A month ago, this was just an idea.” As Cassandra Williams was figuring out how to bring her newly leased Hilltop space up to code for her “Love by the Slice” baking business, COVID-19 hit. And so did community-based inspiration. A friend’s Facebook post alerted Cassandra, a Tacoma native, to the fact that some of her neighbors were in > Continue Reading

May
6

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Spotlight: Helping Neighbors Have A Home To Stay Safe

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 5:05pm

As the public health response to COVID-19 in Pierce County escalated on March 13, 2020, United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered for an aligned philanthropic response to emerging community needs. Together, they launched the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund, seeded with $1,750,000 from GTCF.   As of April 30, 2020, 246 > Continue Reading

Apr
21

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Spotlight: Working Together To Feed Our Neighbors

Filed Under: Philanthropy,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 4:44pm

PIERCE COUNTY FOOD ACCESS: The Need, Resources, and How You Can Help As the public health response to COVID-19 in Pierce County escalated on March 13, 2020, United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered for an aligned philanthropic response to emerging community needs. Together, they launched the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund, seeded with $1,750,000 > Continue Reading