Community Impact

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Fund Total Funding DistributedFund Balance
$7.9 M$7.9 M$11K

 

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 $750,000 from GTCF. GTCF committed another $1 million in matching dollars for regional funders joining in the effort. Since the launch, numerous regional funders contributed to the fund, and have exceeded the matching amount.

With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for people over 16-year-old and increasing availability, Pierce County is on the threshold of recovery from the pandemic. However, PCC recognizes that availability does not equal vaccine access for communities facing historical trauma, cultural, physical, and resource barriers.

On April 22, 2021, the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Fund announced its final round of funding, focusing on vaccine equity and support for nonprofits providing federally funded COVID-19 relief.

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED will continue to accept contributions through April 30, 2021. Donations received during these final weeks will be distributed to organizations designated for the final round of vaccine equity funding at the beginning of May.

The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund supported organizations providing services to address urgent needs and the disruption of basic human services to Pierce County’s most vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 and the necessary public health measures to address it 

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Timeline

PhaseGoalFunding Awarded
Phase 1: Urgent Response
March 30 - April 3, 2020
$1M funding support of food access, shelter, and childcare for first responders, medical providers, and essential workers. Phase 1 Funding Recipients
Phase 2: Rapid Response
April 4 – 30, 2020

Rolling Requests
$2M funding in support of urgent and emerging needs identified through online requests and surfaced through PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Community Response Committee.Phase 2 Funding Recipients
Phase 3:
May – December 2020
(Rapid Response and Emerging Needs)
Funding in support of rapid response emerging needs identified through online requests and surfaced through PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Community Response Committee will continue through the end of 2020.Phase 3 Funding Recipients
Phase 4: March 2021 — April 30, 2021
(Vaccine Information and Access)

This funding will focus on advancing, aligning, and bridging gaps in governmental relief dollars to support accurate, culturally relevant COVID-19 vaccine information and access supports to be facilitated by trusted service providers and networks across communities in Pierce County. The funding will also support nonprofits providing federally funded COVID-19 relief. Phase 4 Funding Recipients

 

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Committee

  • Brad Cheney, Ben B. Cheney Foundation (Co-Chair)
  • Dona Ponepinto, United Way of Pierce County (Co-Chair)
  • Lauren Fulton, OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund
  • Cassandra Mitchell, KeyBank
  • Georgia Lomax, Pierce County Library System
  • Holly Bamford Hunt, Bamford Family Foundation
  • Janece Levien, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • Jeff Woodworth, Woodworth Family Foundation
  • Lois Bernstein, MultiCare
  • Richard Woo, retired CEO, The Russell Family Foundation
  • Seth Kirby, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • Todd Silver, Todd & Teresa Silver Funds
  • Tyler Zemanek, Windows of Hope Foundation

 

Additional Information

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Recipients

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Partners

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Community Response Committee

     

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED News

    705K in PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Final Funding Round Focuses On COVID-19 Vaccine Equity (April 23, 2021)

    COVID-19 Conditions Strain School Districts and Nonprofit Partners as More Youth and Families Experience Homelessness  (March 4, 2021)

    Government Volume, Philanthropic Flexibility Ensure CARES Act Dollars Reach Pierce County Residents  (February 12, 2021)

    $585K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Food Security And Hygienic Needs Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions (January 28, 2021)

    Behavioral Health And Housing Supports Among COVID-19 Needs Supported By $187K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding (January 14, 2021)

    $227K in PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Housing, Food and, Technology Supports Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions (December 10, 2020)

    $443K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Support Homeless Youth, Technology Access, And Other Critical Needs Under COVID-19 Conditions (November 19, 2020)

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation featured Tacoma’s COVID-19 Response, including PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED, in a recent national report on community collaboration, SENTINEL COMMUNITIES INSIGHTS. (October 2020)
    Click here to download the PDF report

    $250K From PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED To Support Housing, Healthcare, And Other Critical Needs Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions (October 29, 2020)

    Tech Access And Connectivity Among COVID-19 Needs Supported By $105K From PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED (October 15, 2020)

    ‘Homeless providers see urgent need for safe parking. They’re asking churches for help’ (Tacoma News Tribune October 3, 2020)

    $150K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Organizations Offering Child And Family Supports Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions (October 1, 2020)

    $100K in PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Organizations Connecting Community Under COVID-19 Conditions (September 17, 2020)

    Foster Youth, Youth With Disabilities, And Refugees Among Communities Supported Under COVID-19 Conditions Through $204K in PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding (September 10, 2020)

    $237K Goes To Meet Persistent Child And Youth Needs Under COVID-19 Conditions (August 20, 2020)

    $95,000 Goes To Meet Pierce County Needs Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions  (August 6, 2020)

    $508K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Rapid Response And Emerging Needs Under COVID-19 Conditions (July 23, 2020)

    $155,000 In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Emerging Technology Needs Under COVID-19 Conditions (July 2, 2020)

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Distributes $250K To Whole Child Summer Day Camps For Children Of Essential Workers (June 25, 2020)

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Distributes $250K to Local Organizations Addressing Emerging Needs Related to COVID-19 (June 8, 2020)

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Distributes $125K to 13 Pierce County Organizations Meeting Needs During COVID-19 (May 21, 2020)

    Bright side to COVID-19 pandemic? Mental health care easier to access in Pierce County (Tacoma News Tribune May 7, 2020) 

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Distributes $545K To Support Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19   (April 30, 2020) 

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Delivers $960K to Organizations Supporting Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19 (April 23, 2020)

    Regional Funders Distribute $360K To Support Vulnerable Populations Across Pierce County During COVID-19 (April 16, 2020)

    Pierce County partnership amasses $5.1M to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis (Tacoma News Tribune April 15, 2020)

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Distributes Second Round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding (April 10, 2020)

    PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Distributes $1M To Organizations Meeting Urgent COVID-19 Needs (April 2, 2020)

    Tacoma TV CityLine with Dona Ponepinto and Kathi Littmann (April 2, 2020)

    Regional Funders Unite To Give $4M For Pierce County During COVID-19 (March 26, 2020)

    United Way and GTCF Launch COVID-19 Emergency Fund (South Sound Business March 25, 2020)

    Here’s How You Can Help Pierce County Service Providers Respond to Coronavirus (Tacoma News Tribune March 24, 2020)