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United Way of Lancaster County


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Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.




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General COVID resources:


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Recurring Resources:

    • United Way of Lancaster County has launched a new website, This digital source of information for our community works in tandem with United Way's 2-1-1 resources to connect people and resources during this time of upheaval.
    • The Asset Map is a county-wide resource for all to utilize. If you need to add/update/delete information please follow the link here:


  • Lancaster Chamber:
    • Website updated daily:
      • Workplace Considerations & Compliance
        This webinar featured Steve Matzura and Austin Wolfe of McNees Wallace & Nurick as they discussed workplace safety measures, employer mandates related to building safety, cleaning measures and employee requirements, and OSHA guidance and compliance.
        ACCESS NOW
      • Workplace Considerations: Practical Strategies for your Workplace and Workforce
        Learn more about change management, how to create new norms, develop effective communication strategies, tips & tricks for outfitting your space and workforce and how to navigate new realities and challenges of the workplace in alignment with CDC and State guidelines as Pennsylvania prepares to reopen.
        ACCESS NOW
      • Maintaining A Compliant Workplace & Workforce Under COVID-19 Restrictions
        This webinar will cover steps employers are taking to comply with the Governor's orders and the implications to the workplace and workforce. It will specifically address: 1) what do employers need to do to maintain a safe working environment; 2) what are the OSHA, whistleblower, and workers' compensation considerations; and 3) what are the employees rights from a non-union and union perspective (e.g. protected concerted activity)
        ACCESS NOW
    • “Let’s Go Strong Into Going Green” :



  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health:





Recovery Lancaster:

  • UPDATE: Info
    •, a website stemming from the Economic Recovery Plan for Lancaster County by the Lancaster Chamber, the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, and the County of Lancaster, is your hub for information to get your business back on track.
    • Quick notes to keep you updated on this resource:
      • Grant Opportunity Available Starting June 15 - Are You Prepared?
        Are you a business with 20 employees or fewer? If so, you can apply for a grant starting next week. The grant is not first-come, first-serve. Grants are awarded based on a variety of criteria. Get the details and see what you have to do to prepare with our FAQ sheet and our What You Need To Know guide.
        LEARN MORE
      • Get Your FREE PPE KIT NOW!
        Are You A Business With 100 Employees or Fewer? You can now sign up for a free kit that includes a mix of personal protective equipment, as well as some cleaning and disinfecting materials. The sign up is simple, easy, and you will get the kit delivered within days of your order!
        GET YOUR KIT
      • Best Practices Are Now Available
        From restaurants to retail, to accommodations to construction, we are offering a variety of video and powerpoint resources to help walk through what your business needs right now to succeed.



Teachers Needed for Virtual Summer Program

  • Online Learning - July 9, 2020 - August 7, 2020
    • This summer learning enrichment program is designed to offer virtual academic skill-building in math and literacy to approximately 600 Lancaster County students PreK through Grade 8 using a high-quality curriculum and engaging instructional materials developed by BellXcel. This program, offered through the Lancaster Partnership for Learning Equity, is committed to providing learners with the digital access and support needed to prevent academic slide over the summer and to prepare them to participate fully in virtual learning opportunities in the future.

Apply Today



  • Forum participation requested by DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
    The US DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives is seeking input from Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations. They would like to know how they can better support these organizations. Therefore, they are asking the following questions about your COVID-19 response:

    • What went well?
      What can be improved?
      What do we need to do more of?
      Conversely, what do we need to do less of or differently?

Please visit this website, the week of 06/22/2020. This is a forum where you can have a freeform discussion about the COVID-19 response to date and how it has affected you as Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations.


  • CISA Essential Toolkits
    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the first in a series of six Cyber Essentials Toolkits. This is a starting point for agencies to understand and address cybersecurity risk as they do other risks. Toolkit 1, titled “Essential Element: Yourself, The Leader,” focuses on the role of leadership in forging a culture of cyber readiness in your organization with an emphasis on strategy and investment. To learn more about Cyber Essentials, visit this website.


  • CDC guidelines for youth and summer camps
    The CDC has offered suggestions for ways in which camp administrators can help protect campers, staff, and communities, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow this link.


  • Contact tracing update
    With the efforts of 500 trained contact tracers throughout the state, including 130 state health nurses, more than 4,000 close contacts of COVID-19 cases have been identified. These efforts include the support from the six county health departments and four municipal health departments who have primary responsibility for all efforts inside their jurisdiction. Read full article here.


  • Free cloth masks

Cloth masks are available for private sector to request, free of charge, directly through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Order at this site. If you have any questions or concerns about your order please email


  • Rent/mortgage assistance through PHFA
    People who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance to help them stay in their homes. They will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. Applications will be easily accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at PHFA is currently identifying organizations in all 67 counties to help it process the large number of rent relief applications anticipated. People will submit their applications and supporting paperwork to these county organizations for review. The agency’s call center is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help with questions about the programs. The toll-free number is 1-855-U-Are-Home (827-3466). Callers should listen for the prompt mentioning CARES assistance for renters and homeowners. The county organizations to which CARES applications are submitted will also have webpages offering useful information.