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Community Foundation issues $307,800 in emergency grants to 59 organizations

By Berks Community Foundation

Apr 21, 2020
Berks County Community Foundation

Berks County Community Foundation has released $307,800 in emergency grants to 59 Berks County nonprofit organizations to fill critical gaps in funding that have occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding from the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Continuity Grants program will help with unexpected expenses or revenue losses that are not otherwise recoverable by the stimulus measures that the government has put into place.

The disbursements from this program could not come close to satisfying $2,435,203 in funding requests the Community Foundation received from 173 organizations.

“We are working to seek additional resources to assist local nonprofits because we know that government stimulus measures and our emergency grant program will not be enough to sustain all of our local nonprofits,” said Kevin K. Murphy, Community Foundation President. “Many of these organizations are working harder than ever, expending more resources than before, and facing unprecedented financial hardship.”

The Community Foundation recently surveyed Berks County nonprofits about the impact of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The responses indicated tremendous financial stress in every part of the nonprofit sector, said Heidi Williamson, Senior Vice President for Programs and Initiatives at the Community Foundation.

“Organizations from across Berks County need assistance. Some, like the local food pantries, are working every day to meet a growing need among friends and neighbors, many of whom never had to reach out for help before. And as the recovery begins, all of the places that make a community feel like home – think of the arts venues, nature trails, historical societies, libraries, faith groups, and so many others –  will need financial support to restart their work,” Williamson said. “People often ask us where they should donate.

“Our best guidance is to make as generous a contribution as you comfortably can to the organizations that matter most to you.”


Grants distributed


GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Helping Harvest

Opportunity House

The Salvation Army-Reading


Berks Coalition to End Homelessness


Berks Nature

Boyertown Area Multi-Service

New Journey Community Outreach

Olivet Boys & Girls Club

Prospectus Berco

Reading Recreation Commission

The Salvation Army-Boyertown

The Salvation Army – Service Extension (NE Berks)


Shady Hollow Assisted Riding


Hannah’s Hope Ministries


Fleetwood Area Public Library


Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County

Centre Park Historic District, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County

Hope Rescue Mission

Our Town Foundation (Hamburg)

Studio B (through Building a Better Boyertown)

YMCA of Reading & Berks County

Yocum Institute for Arts Education


CASA of Berks County


The Rudden Family Foundation


Leesport Lock House Foundation


Crisis Pregnancy Center of Kutztown


Art Plus Gallery

Berks Sinfonietta, Inc.

Clay on Main

Genesius Theatre

Hamburg Area Historical Society

Opus One Berks Chamber Choir

Reading Choral Society

Reading Theater Project

Ringgold Band Inc.


Boone Area Library

Exeter Library Association

Kutztown Community Library

Mifflin Community Library

Village Library of Morgantown

Muhlenberg Community Library

Oley Valley Community Library

Schuylkill Valley Community Library

Spring Township Library Association

Bernardine Franciscan Sisters

Hamburg Vol. Forest Fire Crew Inc.

The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading


Leesport Area Historical Society


Berks County Genealogical Society

Berks Military History Museum

Fleetwood Community Theatre

Reading Flotilla training base

The Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

Fleetwood Community Bus Inc.

Million Youth Chess Club

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