In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scranton Area Community Foundation created the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund to rapidly deploy responsive and flexible resources to community-based nonprofit organizations working with those who are impacted by COVID-19 and the related economic, social, and health-related consequences that these organizations are facing because of the outbreak.
The NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund has been supported by numerous foundations, funds, and charitable individuals, including Wells Fargo, the Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, PPL Foundation, The Robert Cavanaugh Family Trust, M&T Bank, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, the Willary Foundation and many others.
“We’re extremely grateful to the donors and supporters that have responded so generously to this immense need and who have enabled us to distribute over $1 million dollars in the past three months through the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO.
As requests for funding from the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund have slowed down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation will pause from grantmaking from the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund. While additional distributions from this emergency fund are not planned at this time, the Foundation will continue to monitor community and regional needs and may reassess the need as funds allow.