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United Way of Bucks County: 5 Things You Can Do To Fight the Corona Crisis in Bucks County

Posted on: April 13th, 2020

5 Things You Can Do To Fight the Corona Crisis in Bucks County

In these times of uncertainty, you have the power to do good for many.
As social distancing and self-quarantine becomes the new normal, it’s easy to feel isolated. But we are never truly alone in our human community.
Because we are at our best when we step up to help each other.

Here are five things you can do to fight COVID-19 in Bucks County:

  • Donate to the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund. Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families. As unemployment spikes, it’s harder than ever for many people to cover the rent, keep the lights on, or feed their families. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to the Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund helps keep vital relief services accessible. Give at: https://www.uwbucks.org/covidrecovery/
  • Direct people to 211. The 211 network, covering nearly 95% of the U.S., is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert 211 specialists are providing real-time updates on the virus and what to do if someone is sick but does not have health insurance or a medical provider. People who’ve lost wages or jobs are getting referrals for food, rent, utilities, and other vital needs. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to Call (211), text (898-211), or visit https://www.uwp.org/211gethelp/.
  • Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletries.
  • Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
  • Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.

Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.
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LOCAL NONPROFITS AWARDED SUPPORT FROM BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 RECOVERY FUND
Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund, established in March by United Way of Bucks County with additional funding from Penn Community Bank, is continuing to support the Bucks County community through local nonprofits.
A Woman’s Place, Bucks County Children and Youth, Family Service Association, Maternity Care Coalition, Merakey, YMCA of Bucks County, and YWCA of Bucks County were all awarded grants to support those impacted by COVID-19 in Bucks County.  Ivins Outreach Center was awarded a second grant in this cycle. Awards ranged from $2,000 to $5,000 and totaled $32,500.
Visit: https://www.uwbucks.org/bucks-county-covid-19-recovery-fund-awards-additional-32500-to-local-nonprofits/ to read more about what these agencies are doing with their grants on our blog.
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Bonus tip! Top 10 Ways to Support Your Child During a Crisis. Use this information and share it with friends!
As we all navigate this crisis together, you may need some assistance in speaking with your child about the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Pre-K team has compiled information, tips, and recommendations for you to help guide you and your child through this together.
Visit https://www.uwbucks.org/covid-helping-your-child/ to view our newsletters.

Thank you so much! Please direct any questions to Sheri Ratner at sherir@uwbucks.org.

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