Many of our partners are experiencing increased demand for the critical services they provide. This is straining their capacity to support those in need as:
- the unemployment rate in Philadelphia has increased significantly; and
- other non-profits have reduced or eliminated services which has increased demand on those remaining.
These new demands are in addition to Philadelphia’s enduring challenge with entrenched poverty - we continue to have the highest share of households living below the federal poverty line in the United States.
Additionally, our partners are incurring unplanned expenses as they have modified the services they provide in order to continue to operate in the COVID-19 environment. Most are no longer able to utilize volunteers and are paying staff overtime or hiring temporary help. Proper health and safety precautions such as deep cleaning of facilities, modifications to operations and personal protective equipment for staff have also added to expenses.
It is in this environment that the services being provided are needed more than ever. Read more about our partners responses to the COVID-19 crisis below and on our