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Williamsport – The most vulnerable in our communities are at risk now more than ever. Recognizing this, two organizations with the power to help say they're joining forces to help. 

The Lycoming County United Way, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, and the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties, have teamed up with the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) to launch the COVID-19 United Community Funds (the “Funds”) to ensure that our region’s nonprofit community has the support they need to weather this crisis and move forward.

Seeded with $250,000 from FCFP, the Funds will allow regional United Ways to lead the grant making process and rapidly deploy resources to nonprofits in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union Counties during these unprecedented times.

“Now more than ever, we are called to explore new ways of thinking, to breakdown geographic boundaries and to identify collaborative opportunities in order to meet the needs of our communities,” said Jennifer Wilson, president of FCFP. “Partnerships have never been more important, and we invite the community to join with us.”

“We have an almost 100 year history of mobilizing resources to change lives in our communities and our partnership with FCFP has been a significant part of our success for decades. We are honored to be working with the FCFP board and staff in this significant community response,” said Ron Frick, president/CEO of the Lycoming County United Way.

Adrienne Mael, president/CEO of the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties reflected, “We are seeing so much need. From nonprofits to community members, everyone is struggling. These funds are a great opportunity for our region to rise up and meet some of these critical needs. Together with our partners and donors we can make an impact. Together, we LIVE UNITED.”

“Our communities are struggling right now in so many ways. The Funds provide an important opportunity to bring necessary resources to our community to support the most critical needs in our region. We are excited about collaborating with our United Way colleagues to make this happen,” said Joanne Troutman, president/CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way.

Community dollars will be allocated to separate community funds defined by each United Way’s geographic territory. Grant making efforts will be overseen by each United Way and key stakeholders in their communities, and will assist non-profits and the people they serve with a focus on:

  • Supporting the most vulnerable in our communities
  • Ensuring that all residents have access to basic needs such as housing, food, education, safety, healthcare, and transportation
  • Helping displaced workers and disruptions to the economy
  • Supporting nonprofit funding streams impacted by loss of income

Grant requests may be accepted as early as April 6.

Gifts to the COVID-19 United Community Funds can be made by visiting www.ncpagives.org and selecting the individual fund in your community. Each fund will be managed by FCFP and 100% of all dollars raised will be granted back to the community. You may also mail a check made payable to FCFP to FCFP, 201 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Please note COVID-19 United Community Funds and the County where you would like your gift deployed on the memo line.

Interested individuals and businesses willing to partner with the United Ways and FCFP should reach out to discuss matching opportunities and lead gifts.

This story was compiled by an NCPA staff reporter from submitted news. To see a list of our editorial staff please visit our staff directory.