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Catalyst Center for Nonprofit Managementvisit their website to learn about these grant opportunities from Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Bread & Roses Community Fund, Hamilton Family Foundation, Gladys Brooks Foundation, and Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation!

The Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program was created to foster parent and community groups in leading grassroots efforts to prevent the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse from harming Pennsylvanians, especially children and young adults. Grant funding is available to help communities provide safe alternatives to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as fact-based education, prevention, or intervention efforts related to drug and alcohol abuse — including the violence and other consequences that these substances can cause. Applications are reviewed by the Office of Attorney General on a rolling basis.

Stay connected to HealthSpark Foundation’s Voices for Change work! “For far too long, the stories of Black, Indigenous, and people of color; the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer people; the stories of people with disabilities; the stories of immigrants; and the stories of many others are not told or are not told by the people and communities themselves. The lack of their stories, perspectives, and opinions in our public discourse has created, and been part of, a process to devalue their experiences and has led to a lack of public policy, legal protections, and opportunities that recognize their innate humanity and effectively support their ability to thrive.” Voices for Change provides grant support for arts, storytelling, and journalism that lifts up unheard and underrepresented voices with the intention of creating a fairer and more just Montgomery County.

United Way of Bucks County in partnership with Penn Community Bank, announced the creation of a coordinated Disaster Relief Fund to help people affected by the July severe flooding and tornadoes in Bucks County. Initial donations include $25,000 from both United Way of Bucks County and Penn Community Bank and $10,000 from both Dow and the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund. The coordinated Disaster Relief Fund will assist low-income homeowners impacted by the storms who are unable to secure aid from other sources. If you or someone you know needs help, visit our FAQs for weather-impacted residents.

Volunteer with the United Way of Bucks County:

  • The HELP Center is in Bristol, PA, but serves people county-wide. It looks and feels like a retail store, full of brand new essential items like furniture, home goods, toiletries, food, and more. But unlike a retail store, everything at the HELP Center is free to those in need. Volunteers assist with general operations, processing donations, displaying merchandise, and providing excellent customer service to our shoppers. Click here for schedule details and to sign up to help. If you think you can help organize a community drive, contact SheriR@uwbucks.org.
  • Organize a drive for essential items. Community volunteers help organize drives and collect brand new items in original packaging to keep the HELP Center stocked. Each quarter, they focus on a different need. From January through March, they are looking for help with personal hygiene products. Learn more about the year-round needs here. Their HELP Center only accepts new items in original packaging. It is part of creating a dignified shopping experience for folks who don’t always feel like they have choices.
  • Nearly all of their special events, like Bucks Knocks Out Hunger, Stuff the Bus, and Holiday Gift Card Drive, rely on volunteers. Please check back for updated details of events or contact Sheri Ratner at sherir@uwbucks.org to be added to an event-specific mailing list.
  • If you have a special skill you can share, fill out their volunteer application online and let them know how you can help. Volunteers can help with everything from finance and marketing to events and graphic design.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey celebrates 100 years of service and impact! Read their 19-20 annual report with $14.8 million invested in fighting poverty and expanding opportunity across our region.

United Way of PA is administering a grant program to help nonprofit and faith-based organizations connect hard-to reach populations statewide with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters and vaccines for children. The Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania project (LIVE PA) is a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to reduce vaccine hesitancy and ensuring an equitable vaccine distribution throughout the Commonwealth. A total of $4.63 million is available, including $630,000 for faith- based organizations. Learn more and apply!

The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn. Apply now for Inclusion Grants for up to $30,000. The preliminary Census information shows marked increases in the Latinx, Asian and Black populations in Montgomery County. The VNA Foundation’s Inclusion Grants are designed to help you increase access to health and human service resources for people of color, immigrants/refugees and English Language Learners in the North Penn region. The Letter of Intent and Application forms are on the online grants portal, and the Foundation will review submissions continually through March 1, 2022.  Enter your username and password and click on “Apply” to access the Inclusion Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) form.  To aid potential partners, the Foundation’s website now has translation capability for Spanish, Korean, Bangla, Chinese and Arabic. Have questions or want to discuss ideas? Learn more about what the LOI will ask here, or contact Diana Doherty anytime.

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