Carlisle Area Emergency Response Fund converts $77,000 in donations into community aid during coronavirus

April 29, 2020 | Share:

‚ÄčOriginally posted on Carlisle Sentinel - April 26, 2020


United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County announced Friday it has raised more than $77,000 for its COVID-19 Carlisle Area Emergency Response Fund.

United Way partnered with the Carlisle Borough to start the fund in March to help deal with the emerging needs of the community related to the global pandemic.

The fund has been sparked by donations from the Rotary Club of Carlisle, Truist Foundation, Dickinson College and Second Presbyterian Church as well as a $20,000 donation from F&M Trust, United Way officials said in a news release.

It maintains an up-to-date listing of how funds are being expended at

United Way officials said funds have also been distributed to The Salvation Army Carlisle for gas cards, pull-ups, and diapers; to Central Penn Food Bank’s for rapid response food boxes to be shared with local pantries; to Community CARES for the cost of a hand washing station, masks, and gloves; and, to Contact Helpline 2-1-1 for the cost of overtime pay for employees answering the many calls from people in need of immediate assistance.

Other fund allocations include:

  • Ride to transport testing sites and to isolation locations for individuals showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus in Cumberland County
  • Hospice of Central PA received funding for two nurses, as part of a dedicated COVID-19 care team for hospice patients in the Carlisle area. These funds will provide hazard pay at 40 hours per week for eight weeks.
  • Safe Harbour to purchase an extra mask for each of their 60 residents plus the cost of providing these same residents with one extra complimentary load of laundry for six weeks.
  • The RASE Project received funding for one month of RASE House operating and staffing costs as well as the expenses associated with providing recovery support and medical assistance for six clients who are uninsured or under-insured.
  • $3,900 was allocated to Community CARES to cover the cost of hotel rooms for individuals who exhibit signs of COVID-19 and who need to be separated from the general shelter population.
  • $1,500 of funding to the New Kingstown Fire Company to cover the cost of professional sanitation and decontamination of their apparatus and fire house.

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