With over $770K distributed so far in 2021, PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED, an aligned philanthropic response to COVID-19 in Pierce County, has continued to provide funding support for local organizations addressing persistent community needs under COVID-19 conditions.
Janece Levien, M.Ed, Senior Program Officer, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Committee Member, “Almost one year into the health pandemic, we have also seen the elevated tensions and impacts of system inequalities, racial injustices and a polarized political climate. Many in our community are still struggling, or struggling more and more, from basic needs to mental health to social isolation and lack of safety and security. The needs of individuals and families across Pierce County are being exacerbated.
“Meanwhile, nonprofit partners continue to address immediate and urgent gaps while they are stretched extremely thin and are facing limited resources. We recognize that the community will feel the impacts of this health pandemic for years to come. It will take all of us coming together to create an equitable path forward.”
Michelle Douglas, Executive Director, Emergency Food Network, “The Pierce County Connected funding has been instrumental in helping Emergency Food Network meet the continually growing, up nearly 40%, needs of food insecure households. This support combined with other funds has increased our food distribution power to over 17 million pounds in 2020, allowed our food pantry partners to serve over $1.8 million in visits, and has supported our new home delivery program expansion to more than 300 families weekly.”
Jake Nau, Shelter Project Manager, Comprehensive Life Resource, “We’ve seen an already underserved population have to make do with less services and fewer opportunities. Never has it been harder to house homeless young people and never has it been more challenging to keep them safely sheltered in a congregate facility then during this pandemic.
PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED NEWS
$585K in PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding Goes to Food Security and Hygienic Needs Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions (January 28, 2021)
Behavioral Health and Housing Supports Among COVID-19 Needs Supported By $187K in PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Funding (January 14, 2021)