Behavioral Health And Housing Supports Among COVID-19 Needs Supported By $187K In PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED is an aligned philanthropic response to COVID-19 in Pierce County
Released 1/14/21 3:00pm
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The PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Fund announced its latest round of funding with $186,970 going to 6 local organizations addressing essential needs under persistent COVID-19 conditions. This brings the total funding through PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED to $6.4 million.
Further requests for funding are now being accepted. Details are available at GTCF’s website.
The following organizations received fund support:
- Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
- City of Buckley
- Clover Park Technical College Foundation
- Comprehensive Life Resources
- PUSH for Dreams Leadership Academy
- Tacoma Refugee Choir
Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO, United Way of Pierce County, PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Committee member, “The compounding COVID-19 conditions, racial and income inequities, and system gaps are causing many Pierce County residents to go without the necessary behavioral health connections, supports, and care they would otherwise be able to access.
“Now more than ever it is important to bolster frontline providers so that responsive help and connection is available when people need it in their communities.”
Jake Nau, Shelter Project Manager, Comprehensive Life Resource, “We’ve seen an already underserved population have to make do with less services and fewer opportunities. Never has it been harder to house homeless young people and never has it been more challenging to keep them safely sheltered in a congregate facility then during this pandemic.
“No homeless person wants to be homeless. Our young folks in particular are not homeless due to any single choice they made, but due to generational poverty and systemic indifference or said another way, an embarrassing lack of choices. Yet they persist, still they move forward, in the midst of a pandemic, every day they work towards solutions, safety and stability. Their resilience is inspiring.”
Joe Le Roy, LICSW, President and CEO, HopeSparks, “The needs of our community continue to exceed capacity and our safety net remains fragile. Although vaccination offers hope, we are not out of this yet, and need to remain engaged. If you are not sure how to help, reach out to a local nonprofit and ask. We are here and ready to connect you with different ways you can get involved. This can include everything from a simple donation to serving on a board.
“We are most resilient when we work together as a community to overcome challenges. We can build collective resilience by building and strengthening positive connections and relationships, even during physically distant times.”
Erin Guinup, Executive and Artistic Director, Tacoma Refugee Choir, “One of the least addressed impacts of the pandemic is the need for social engagement and being part of something bigger than ourselves. We are grateful for this support which will allow us to safely gather and connect with one another from the safety of cars, and to work together to lift the spirits of others in our community.”
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.
Puget Sound Energy is one PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED funder. Hayden Harvey, Government Affairs and Public Policy Representative, “Puget Sound Energy is proud to support the Pierce County community through a contribution to the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Fund. Pierce County Connected moved to bring relief to those in Pierce County who needed essential needs and services emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are honored to have helped share that commitment to recovery by supporting organizations who provide critical services to help individuals and families thrive.”
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.