PHL COVID-19 Fund Continues Urgent Response to Community Amid Growing Needs

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PHILADELPHIA – The PHL COVID-19 Fund today announced its second round of grants totaling more than $2.5 million to 79 non-profit organizations serving on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. The Fund, launched four weeks ago and led by the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, has secured $13.7 million in gifts and pledges, and granted over $4.8 million to 123 non-profit organizations providing vital services to individuals facing the wide-ranging and urgent consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Non-profit organizations like ACLAMO, headquartered in Montgomery County, and SEAMAAC in South Philadelphia, both receiving $50,000 grants this week, are facing tremendous challenges. They include access to food, information and language translation services as they seek to serve socially and economically marginalized communities.

“Our communities are experiencing this crisis on different levels,” said Nelly Jimenez, ACLAMO Executive Director and CEO. “Everyone says we are all in this together, but the inequalities that minority communities are experiencing and the lack of access to resources for them has highlighted the catastrophic impact this crisis will have on families we serve.”

ACLAMO, which primarily supports the growing Latino population in Montgomery County, will use a portion of the funding received to advance technology platforms to coordinate language access services and interpretation in Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Hindi at the COVID-19 testing site in Montgomery County.

“COVID-19 has touched each of us in some way, but the reality is certain communities are more at-risk or face barriers that make this crisis even more challenging to navigate,” said Bill Golderer, President & CEO, UWGPSNJ. “This second round of grants will help equip the nonprofits serving the people at-risk to make sure critical safety net and other services remain available for the people who need them the most.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the issues faced by immigrant and refugee populations served by SEAMAAC, particularly the older adult population, which is most at risk to the virus. Their ability to access quality food and life-sustaining information has been severely impacted.

“The PHL COVID-19 Fund will allow us to immediately address issues of hunger and food insecurities for the marginalized communities we serve,” said Thoai Nguyen, SEAMAAC, Inc. CEO. “While these issues have always been present, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues and exposed the inequities and privilege gaps within our society.”

Of equal importance to SEAMAAC is protecting its thinning staff and volunteer bases, who are delivering these critical services to the community. Part of the funding it will receive will be used to purchase masks and gloves for individuals delivering life-sustaining meals and information to residents.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll,” said Pedro Ramos, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation. “It is touching every community, every family and every person in deeply personal and life-altering ways. It is critically important that nonprofits receive funding to address community needs now.”

The complete list of grantees for the second round of funding can be found below and is available at For more information and updates, follow the fund on Twitter at

The Fund intends to make its third round of grants in 7 to 10 days to support residents in three primary capacities: food and basic needs, protection of vulnerable groups, and medical care and information. The fund prioritizes supporting people who were affected first and hardest by the coronavirus crisis, such as seniors, people experiencing homelessness, those with disabilities, low-income residents without health insurance, people with substance abuse disorder and survivors of abuse.

The Fund currently totals more than $13.7 million in pledges and contributions, including more than 3,000 online donors and dozens of other individuals, families, foundations, businesses, and institutions. Individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the PHL COVID-19 Fund via


Organizations that received funding in this round are:

ACLAMO $ 50,000
African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE Foundation $ 40,000
African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc (ACANA) $ 40,000
Aid For Friends dba/Caring for Friends $ 50,000
AVANZAR (formerly The Women’s Center) $ 35,390
Bancroft Neurohealth $ 50,000
Bebashi – Transition to Hope $ 50,000
BEMS $ 50,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia $ 50,000
C.B. Community Schools $ 10,000
Coalition of African Communities (AFRICOM) $ 15,000
Cradles to Crayons $ 45,000
Dimplez 4 Dayz Incorporated $ 5,000
Face to Face $ 50,000
Families Forward Philadelphia $ 25,000
Feast of Justice $ 37,500
Feeding 5000 $ 19,250
First Light Project $ 25,000
Food Bank of South Jersey $ 40,000
Garden of Health, Inc. $ 5,000
Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry $ 25,000
Germantown Deaf Ministries Fellowship Inc $ 10,000
Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services $ 20,000
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce $ 15,000
Greater Philadelphia YMCA $ 50,000
Greener Partners $ 25,000
Haitian-American United For Change $ 2,500
Helping Hand Rescue Mission $ 26,000
Hendricks House, Inc $ 50,000
Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ, Inc. $ 7,500
Indochinese American Council $ 50,000
Interfaith Caregivers of Haddonfield, Inc. $ 20,000
JEVS Human Services $ 50,000
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia $ 40,000
Joseph’s House of Camden $ 11,000
Legacy of Hope $ 25,000
LUCY Outreach A NJ Nonprofit Corporation $ 50,000
Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter $ 15,000
Medical Students for Masks $ 7,500
Nationalities Service Center $ 50,000
Norris Square Neighborhood Project $ 3,800
Norristown Hospitality Center $ 25,000
North Penn YMCA $ 10,000
North Philly Peace Park of Culture Trust $35,000
Nutritional Development Services $ 25,000
Old Pine Community Center $ 20,000
Penn Asian Senior Services $ 50,000
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation $ 20,000
Pennsylvania Innocence Project $ 16,000
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation $ 50,000
Public Health Management Corporation $ 50,000
Quakertown Community Outreach $ 50,000
Reading Terminal Market Corporation $ 25,000
Resources for Human Development $ 50,000
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Pennsylvania $ 31,000
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Montgomery county, PA Inc. DBA: RSVP $ 46,600
SEAMAAC, Inc. $ 50,000
Second Alarmers Rescue Squad $ 50,000
St. Edmond’s Home $ 15,000
Surfside Recovery Services $ 20,000
The Breathing Room Foundation, Inc. $ 30,000
The Public Interest Law Center $ 15,000
The Salvation Army $ 50,000
The Urban League of Philadelphia $ 50,000
The Veterans Group $ 35,000
UESF $ 50,000
Unity Recovery $ 25,000
Uplift Solutions $ 50,000
Urban Resources Development Corporation $ 17,000
VNA Philadelphia $ 50,000
VNA-Community Services, Inc. $ 50,000
WES Health Centers Inc. $ 50,000
William Way LGBT Community Center $ 50,000
Women’s Medical Fund $ 50,000
Women’s Opportunities Resource Center $ 50,000
Youth Empowerment for Advancement Hangout (YEAH Inc.) $ 8,000
Youth Service, Inc. $ 4,500
I Love for Animals $10,000


About Philadelphia Foundation
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About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, United Way fights for youth success and family stability because we LIVE UNITED against intergenerational poverty. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit