United Way Bucks is asking for contributions from the public to create a Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund. With support from Penn Community Bank, the fund will help people who may experience extreme financial difficulty due to the coronavirus.

UW Bucks and Penn are each pitching in $25,000 toward the fund. It will go directly to the costs of food, shelter, and other needs. None of the money will go to administrative costs.

COVID Recovery FundWhile the U.S. Senate is set to pass an emergency response bill Tuesday, UW Bucks and Penn believe a local option will provide more flexibility.

“As local businesses adjust their operations and staffing to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that many in our community will feel the hardship created by missed or reduced paychecks,” said Jeane M. Vidoni, President and CEO of Penn Community Bank.

But the long-term effects of the coronavirus are still relatively uncertain. As businesses see less or no sales, more people will need help.

“Many of our nonprofit partners are on the front lines. They are already seeing an increased need for things like emergency food, cleaning products, paper goods – even diapers – and this trend will continue,” said Christie. “We want to do everything we can to provide the support needed here in Bucks County.”

Without support from the community, the fund may lack sustainability. People can donate online at the UW Bucks website here.

Anyone in a time of crisis can call 2-1-1 for the United Way helpline. The line is available 24 hours a day and will connect people with the services they need.