$585K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes To Food Security And Hygienic Needs Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED is an aligned philanthropic response to COVID-19 in Pierce County
Released 1/28/21 5:30pm
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The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Fund announced its latest round of funding with $585,500 going to 23 local organizations addressing essential needs under persistent COVID-19 conditions. This brings the total funding through PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED to $7.6 million.
Further requests for funding are now being accepted. Details are available at GTCF’s website.
The following organizations received fund support:
- Alchemy Indoor Skatepark & Education Center
- Allen Renaissance, Inc. – Tacoma Clubhouse
- Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
- City of Puyallup
- Communities in Schools of Lakewood
- Communities in Schools of Puyallup
- Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
- Edge Foundation
- Emergency Food Network
- Freedom Project
- Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children
- MultiCare Health Foundation
- Our Sisters’ House
- Pathwayz to Success
- Rotary Club of Lakewood
- Sound Outreach
- Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals With Disabilities
- Tacoma Community Boat Builders, Inc.
- Trinity Lutheran Church
- WAKULIMA USA
- YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
Janece Levien, M.Ed, Senior Program Officer Pierce County, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Committee member, “Almost one year into the health pandemic, we have also seen the elevated tensions and impacts of system inequalities, racial injustices and a polarized political climate. Many in our community are still struggling, or struggling more and more, from basic needs to mental health to social isolation and lack of safety and security. The needs of individuals and families across Pierce County are being exacerbated.
“Meanwhile, nonprofit partners continue to address immediate and urgent gaps while they are stretched extremely thin and are facing limited resources. We recognize that the community will feel the impacts of this health pandemic for years to come. It will take all of us coming together to create an equitable path forward.”
Michelle Douglas, Executive Director, Emergency Food Network, “The Pierce County Connected funding has been instrumental in helping Emergency Food Network meet the continually growing, up nearly 40%, needs of food insecure households. This support combined with other funds has increased our food distribution power to over 17 million pounds in 2020, allowed our food pantry partners to serve over $1.8 million visits, and has supported our new home delivery program expansion to more than 300 families weekly.”
Charlie Davies, President and CEO, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided hygiene services to more than 1,000 local individuals. They can count on the Y to receive a free healthy meal, health screenings, a hot shower, clean clothes, hygiene products, basic supplies, etc. The benefits of these services and the interactions with our caring and compassionate staff are considerable–helping to improve an individual’s mood, self-worth, confidence, and outlook on life.
“During these times, it’s critical that our most vulnerable are taken care of. The partnership with the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund will help ensure that people in Tacoma and Pierce County without homes can still access the basic hygiene facilities necessary to stay healthy.”
Ellen Palmer, Pioneer Park Pavilion Supervisor, City of Puyallup, “We know that students can struggle with virtual school due to feeling isolated from their peers. We offer that important yet distanced social interaction while adhering to all of the necessary protocols to keep kids and our staff safe by wearing masks, washing hands, and sanitizing hard surfaces.
“The City of Puyallup offers a program called PEAK: Puyallup’s Educational and Activities Kamp, which focuses on providing childcare in a safe and clean environment for Kindergarten through 5th grade and also provides assistance with virtual learning. Many of our parents are essential workers, so the program supports them by easing some of the burdened as they try to figure out how to keep their children on track without disrupting their own work schedules.”
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED funding for vulnerable populations under COVID-19 conditions is made possible through generous contributions from 413 individual donors and 55 philanthropic funding partners. So far, contributions to PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED total a combined $7.6 million.
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.
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED FUNDING PARTNERS
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.