$443K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Support Homeless Youth, Technology Access, And Other Critical Needs Under COVID-19 Conditions
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED is an aligned philanthropic response to COVID-19 in Pierce County
Released 11/19/20 6:00pm
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The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Fund announced its latest round of funding with $443,310 going to 22 local organizations addressing essential needs under persistent COVID-19 conditions. This brings the total funding through PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED to $6 million.
Further requests for funding are now being accepted. Details are available at GTCF’s website.
The following organizations received fund support:
- ACT – A Common Thread
- Bethel School District Foundation
- Citizen Corps Council of Pierce County
- Communities in School Peninsula
- Eatonville Family Agency
- Gig Harbor Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition
- Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish
- Greater Destiny Church
- Greater Metro Parks Foundation
- Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative
- NAMI Pierce County
- Open Life Church
- Orting Food Bank
- Recovery Cafe Orting
- Sabala International Center
- Step By Step Family Support Center
- Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Support Center
- Tacoma Kidz
- White River School District Foundation
- White River Senior Services
Janece Levien, Senior Program Officer, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Committee member, “In talking with districts across the county, we are hearing about the ways schools are trying to support students experiencing homelessness – and doing so without the consistency of a typical school schedule, mental health connections, technology access, and other resources that are available in an in-person school setting. These gaps and needs compound the harsh realities young people are navigating. This is one example of the many urgent needs we continue to see around housing, food, childcare, and mental health support due to COVID-19 conditions.”
Brenda, President, ACT – A Common Thread, “Individuals are lonely, depressed, isolated and a bit lost. It’s concerning especially for those that are living by themselves and or have no family. By providing the doorstep food deliveries to those with disabilities, seniors or homebound we are helping an underserved community get food. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard folks say this process has saved their lives and gave them a sense of purpose.
“ACT wants to help and can help but we need more funding for additional USDA food boxes. We need to identify and work collectively to gather food and get ahead of the needs of additional communities. We need drivers willing to do a route and drop boxes.”
Ron Coen, Board President, Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish, “We have seen a significant increase in client visits since March. We are also seeing “nontraditional” Food Bank clients as the pandemic is affecting households that prior to the outbreak did not require assistance. This is an indication of how serious and widespread the effects of this pandemic are to other sectors of our community.
“Fortunately, because of our amazing volunteers, community contributions, and the generosity of organizations like yours we are able to accommodate this increase in demand. We are able to help people stay in their homes and keep the lights on while we put food on the table.”
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED funding for vulnerable populations under COVID-19 conditions is made possible through generous contributions from 364 individual donors and 55 philanthropic funding partners. So far, contributions to PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED total a combined $7.4 million.
Stolte Family Foundation is one PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED funder. Kim Wright, Executive Director, Stolte Family Foundation, “The pandemic hit some communities much harder than others. Knowing that counties across the state have unique assets, challenges, and infrastructure related to philanthropic support, we wanted to partner with and leverage the leadership of community foundations and the nonprofit field.
“With multiple pandemics, those related to COVID-19, racial violence, and climate impacts, we work to support BIPOC- communities and BIPOC-led efforts in education, climate & clean energy, and advocacy & civic engagement. We have real gratitude and respect for those on the frontlines who played a much more important and critical role with the community’s greatest assets – the people, community, and families.”
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED funding partners are committed to delivering rapid funding to organizations in a way that supports their continued services to vulnerable populations with the fewest barriers possible.
The members of the funding committee include: Co-Chair Dona Ponepinto – United Way of Pierce County, Co-Chair Brad Cheney – Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Lauren Fulton – Elevate Health & One Pierce, 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
Organizations and entities with services based in Pierce County can now submit requests. Information about the funding opportunity can be found at the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Emergency Response Fund web page.
The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund was launched as the public health response to COVID-19 in Pierce County escalated on Friday, March 13, 2020. The purpose of the fund is to support organizations in Pierce County providing services that meet urgent health and basic human needs due to COVID-19.
United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered to create the aligned philanthropic response. GTCF seeded the fund with $1,750,000.
Individual donors can make a difference for their communities during COVID-19 by contributing in any way they can. The aligned philanthropies encourage individual donors to give directly to the causes and organizations that matter to them.
To support funding for organizations directly serving vulnerable populations during COVID-19, donors are encouraged to donate to PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund.
DONATE NOW TO PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED.
Bates Family Foundation
Beardsley Family Foundation
Ben B. Cheney Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Campbell Family Foundation
Campbell/Loan Family Charitable Fund
Corry & Donna J. McFarland Foundation
Elevate Health & OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund
Elliott Family Foundation
Foundation for Tacoma Students
JP Morgan Chase
Laird Norton Family Foundation
Laird Norton Wealth Management
Laird Norton Trust Company
LT Murray Family Foundation
Korum for Kids Foundation
Laird Norton Foundation
MJ Murdock Trust
Names Family Foundation
Oscar T and Olivann Hokold Foundation
Premera Blue Cross
Puget Sound Energy Foundation
Roy & Patricia Disney Foundation
South Sound 100 Women
Stolte Family Foundation
The Baker Foundation
The Bamford Foundation
The Russell Family Foundation
Todd & Teresa Silver
Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation
United Way of Pierce County
Woodworth Family Foundation
All contributors to PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED are recognized at United Way of Pierce County’s website. Click here to see the full list.