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HealthSpark Foundation. “The last year has upended life as we knew it. One year ago, it would be hard to imagine the impact that the pandemic has had on our families, our communities, our workplaces, and even our vocabulary (Zoom fatigue, anyone?). We are grateful to every person and organization that contributes to Montgomery County’s safety net, and for all you have done in the past year and continue to do for our neighbors. As we transition into the next phase, it’s critical that we understand how our nonprofit community is faring and where the needs, challenges, and opportunities lie for rebuilding a more equitable and sustainable system. Therefore, HealthSpark is asking our nonprofit partners to share the impact of the pandemic on their nonprofit via an online survey from now through April 15th. The survey will cover the operational, human resources, programmatic, and financial impacts the pandemic has had on the nonprofit community over the last year. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is best completed by a member of the nonprofit’s leadership team. One survey per organization, please. We intend to share the results with our community partners, including nonprofits, government, philanthropy, and community organizations, to inform recovery efforts across the county. We will also analyze this year’s data to last year’s survey results, which was conducted just a few months into the pandemic. We look forward to sharing the results with you.” – 3/23 Survey Announcement

2-1-1 Counts. Tracking the most pressing community needs by 2-1-1 Call Center data. Click here for the 2-1-1 PA Counts Data Map

Associated Press. Pennsylvania to lift last moratorium on utility shutoffs. Read here

Bucks County Launches New Rental Assistance Program. The Bucks County Department of Housing and Community Development on Wednesday (3/17/21) announced the launch of a new resource for renters who have fallen behind on rent or utilities because of COVID-19. Read More

Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition. “Anyone can become an advocate – you just have to want to. Whether you are a beginning advocate or an experienced veteran, this interactive presentation is a self-directing guide for learning how to advocate and for improving your advocacy skills.” Review the PPT or PDF slides.

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

  • American Rescue Plan Act Will Help Millions and Bolster the Economy. Read here
  • States Can Learn From Great Recession, Adopt Forward-Looking, Antiracist Policies. Read here
  • Tracking the COVID-19 Recession’s Effects on Food, Housing, and Employment Hardships. Read here (Updated April 5, 2021)

CDC Newsroom. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has signed an extension to the eviction moratorium further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021 is now extended through June 30, 2021.

  • Download a copy of the updated CDC declaration form and read the CDC order here.
  • Read the fact sheet: The Biden-Harris Administration’s Multi-Agency Effort to Support Renters and Landlord
  • Click here for the declaration form available in 26 languages.

Centers for Disease Control & PreventionSubscribe to the new MMWR podcast series. The MMWR COVID-19 Briefing is a weekly podcast to update readers on the latest scientific information from CDC’s COVID-19 response. In each episode, MMWR Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Charlotte Kent, provides an overview of the latest scientific information published in MMWR. New episodes are posted every week.

The Conversation

  • Millions of American parents will soon get a monthly allowance: 4 questions answered. Read here
  • How Philadelphia’s Black churches overcame disease, depression and civil strife. Read here

COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that uses the Exposure Notification System provided by Apple and Google. You can download the app now.


  • When can kids get the COVID-19 vaccine? A pediatrician answers 5 questions teachers and parents are asking. Read here
  • What does the new stimulus bill mean for unemployed Pennsylvanians? Read here
  • One year of COVID-19. Read here

Housing Alliance of PA has updated its county fact sheets that provide a brief look at the housing challenges experienced by families in each county of the commonwealth and shows a few of the ways counties are overcoming those challenges. Review the fact sheets here.

Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center have released a new analysis of the proposed PA state budget, A Bold Budget for this Moment of Crisis and Beyond.

MONTCOTODAY. Finish That Degree: Chestnut Hill College Makes Education Affordable. Read here

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is committed to supporting the development of students’ social-emotional skills through teacher-led and provider-led lessons. Second Step, developed by Committee for Children, is the program selected for implementation in Montgomery County. To learn more about this project, contact Katie Kucz: and visit the MontcoPA Social Emotional Learning webpage by clicking here. Read this article: Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students.

National Low Income Housing Coalition. NLIHC’s “The Gap” Released Today: Shortage of 7 Million Affordable Homes for Nation’s Lowest-Income Renters. Read the report here

Nonprofit Quarterly

  • Navigating Succession: Four Exiting CEO Mindsets. Read here
  • Forms: A New Theory of Power. Read here
  • On Forms & Flight. “We don’t need to have one line of flight toward liberation…When we find ourselves in conflict, we think that it’s us, and often it’s the form—the form has produced the thing, because the form affords a certain thing.” Kenneth Bailey is the co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention. Watch the video here.

The Partnership TMA. Click here to learn more about the new Helpline available! IndividualsEmployers

Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts Program. Kindergarten Impacts of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program: A Statewide Evaluation, Principal Investigator, Ellen Peisner-Feinberg. “The results of this evaluation demonstrate positive benefits on language and math skills in kindergarten for children who attended PA PKC compared to similar children with no prior ECE experience in the 2 years before kindergarten.” Read the evaluation report here

Pre-K for PA Report. Invest in Quality: A Case for Paying Closer to What High-Quality Pre-K Costs

PA Pressroom. Department Of Human Services Releases Racial Equity Report, Addressing Inequity And Anti-Racism Across Programs And Services. Read the report here

Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Poorest Pennsylvanians to receive retroactive food stamp benefits thanks to local attorneys. Read here
  • What’s in the stimulus bill? Here’s how you can benefit, from checks to healthcare to tax credits and more. Read here

Philadelphia Tribune. Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium changes process for administering vaccinations. Read here

PCCY. Read the newly-released PCCY reportNo More Dreams Deferred, Building an Education System that Works for Black and Hispanic Students in the Philadelphia Suburbs. Read the report: Hold Harmless: A Quarter Century of Inequity at the Heart of Pennsylvania’s School System.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

  • Redesigning DEI. Read here
  • Inclusive Mobility Solutions. Read here
  • Strengthen Media Literacy to Win the Fight Against Misinformation. Read here
  • Overcoming Age Segregation. Read here

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. MCCP seeks support to implement Restorative Justice program. Read here

United Way of PA. ALICE Reports and Data. “ALICE represents the 27% of Pennsylvanians who work, but struggle to survive. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” Click here for the latest ALICE Report, released early 2021 and Click here for ALICE data by County, COVID-19 Impact, and other resources

USDA. USDA Extends Free Meals to Children through Summer 2021 Due to Pandemic. Read release here

Univest Insurance. Building Value Into Your Company’s Future in a Post-Pandemic Environment. In a recent webinar, team members from Univest Insurance were joined by Tom Garrity, Managing Partner of Compass Point, to discuss building value into your company’s future in the post-pandemic environment. Watch the recording of the webinar for insight on how to plan for agile growth, how to prepare for the next crisis, the strategic importance of formalizing your core values and how to protect future growth with strategic insurance planning.

Everyone’s Welcome Podcast 

Shelly Christensen and Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer interview those who live with a disability or mental health condition, disability advocates, change leaders, and others who are involved in the lives of people with disabilities from around the world in the Jewish community and beyond.

Episode: A Critical Conversation About Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Listen as Pastor Dave Eckert of Access Services – Intersect, and Gabrielle Spatt of The Blue Dove Foundation discuss supporting people with mental health conditions in faith communities. This event is co-hosted by Inclusion Innovations

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