Berks COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way of Berks County has launched the Berks COVID-19 Response Fund to support local nonprofit organizations serving our most vulnerable neighbors. As our community moves forward from the COVID-19 crisis, we recognize that needs will shift and continue to grow, especially in the areas of housing, food and utilities.

United Way has committed $100,000 to the fund. All donations received for the fund, minus any credit card fees, will be directed to the fund. Thanks to the generosity of the Berks County community, the challenge matches provided by Customers Bank, Dena and Vic Hammel and The Kindness Coalition Foundation, Karen and John Arnold, have been fulfilled.

Special thanks to The Wyomissing Foundation for providing a $100,000 contribution to the fund.

Special thanks to The Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust for providing a $100,000 contribution to the fund.

COVID-19 is creating significant challenges for our community. As we are individually taking the steps to protect our own families, we know this crisis will be devastating for our most vulnerable neighbors. Missing paychecks, the inability to pay rent, the lack of access to food and basic supplies are realities many in our community will face. At the same time, the health and human services that support our community during “normal” times are facing significant challenges meeting the increased demand for services. It is critical these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate now and beyond the crisis.