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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.




State Government:

General CoVid resources:

Dept of Human Services:


Dept of Health:


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:
    • NEW:
      • Pandemic Contingency Planning [WEBINAR]
        As businesses reopen and adjust to operations in the green phase, what can we expect as we progress and how can we plan for the future in the event of a second wave or future pandemic?
        This webinar will help business owners, managers and HR professionals implement a “Pandemic Contingency Plan.” The webinar will cover key topics your plan should include involving HR policies, operational procedures, contracts, leases, insurance policies and communications strategies.


 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.




Summer Learning 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


 Eviction Prevention Network

  • Rental assistance and eviction prevention services are available across the county through the Eviction Prevention Network in partnership with the city and county government and county redevelopment authority. There are two pathways for landlords and tenants to get help, detailed at


MidPenn: Economic Impact Payments

  • Quick update on the Economic Impact Payments ($1200  stimulus payments to individuals administered by the IRS).
  • The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities estimates that approximately 449,000 adults and children in Pennsylvania have not yet received the EIP because the IRS does not have information for these individuals. In order to receive the EIP in 2020, they will need to enter information into the IRS “non-filer” form by October 15th. In addition to the people who still need to provide information to the IRS, there continue to be a significant number of individuals for whom the IRS should have information (i.e., people who receive Social Security benefits or have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return) who haven’t yet received their payment
  • Rebecca Stavish and I are available to help clients with EIP issues, including assisting them with the non-filer form and troubleshooting other issues that may be preventing them from receiving the benefit. We want to ensure that the people in our program area receive this benefit, but we need your help to make sure we’re connecting with everyone who needs our assistance. Please check with your clients to make sure that they have received the EIP and please spread the word among your community contacts that MidPenn is available to offer assistance with EIP issues. I’ve attached a flyer that you’re welcome to share. Clients can obtain EIP help by calling our general intake number, 800-326-9177.