Crisis Response Fund
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Crisis Response Fund

A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners has joined together to create the Monroe County Crisis Response Fund that is rapidly deploying flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this health crisis.

Note: 100% of donations made to the Crisis Response Fund starting 12-11-2020 will be specifically designated to our Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund.

About the Crisis Response Fund

Hosted by Pocono Mountains United Way, the Crisis Response Fund is providing flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Grants fund organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and tourism workers, and communities of color, among others. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.  

The first phase of rapid-response grants is increasing resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak, the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures, the increased demand for medical information and support, and fear and confusion about the outbreak among our most vulnerable residents. We anticipate that the primary areas of need includes: Food for children out of school, housing assistance for displaced workers (renters and owners), people experiencing homelessness (shelters in Monroe County are full or no longer taking new individuals and families due to the recent crisis) and college students facing barriers.  Pocono Mountains United Way reserves the right to support other areas of need that develop from the crisis. 

Pocono Mountains United Way is administering grants from the Fund and the decision of funding is determined by a subset of the Board of Directors of Pocono Mountains United Way and other community leadersTogether we are proactively identifying potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisers, and recommend final awards. Funds are being released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. 


General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to Pocono Mountains United Way's Development Director, Ryan Lohman at 

For donors interested in contributing to the Fund, contact Pocono Mountains United Way's President/CEO Michael Tukeva at 

For non-profits interested in utilizing funds, contact Pocono Mountains United Way's Vice President, Community Impact Sarah Jacobi at 

For media inquiries and interview requests, contact Pocono Mountains United Way's Vice President, Community Impact Sarah Jacobi at  

To make a donation by check or other assets, contact Pocono Mountains United Way's President/CEO Michael Tukeva at 

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government, and business to support our community through the Crisis Relief Fund.

Total Raised To Date: $217,163






ESSA Bank & Trust
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono/LVHN Pocono Foundation
PPL Foundation
Wells Fargo


Michael Herzig
Monadnock Non-Wovens
Nelson Family Life Foundation
Scranton Area Community Foundation
Vigon International
Ann & Karl Weiler


Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
Bill and Barbara Cramer
Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs
Truist Foundation
Chris Weiler
Kevin Yurko


Lester G Abeloff Foundation
Jeffrey Hirschman & Rhonda Rosales Fund
Ann & Joseph Farda Foundation
Duane Kerzic
Judith Stillinger in honor of Weiler Abrasives
Kiwanis Club of the Poconos - Daybreak
Michael Luger
Thomas A. Morganthau
Gary and Jen Olson
Ed Ubbens
Lingjia Zhang


ARM Lawyers
Katherine Booth
Grace D'Amico
Ricky & Christina Durst
Daniel Hessel
Russell Kemp
Laverne Moyer
Mary Frances Postupack
Bruce Taylor


Miguel & Ruth Barbosa
Victoria Landolfi
Chris Barrett
George & Helen Lauscher
Iona Bartron
Mark Lichty
Laura Butler
Allen Lohman
Kathleen Brunkard
Joseph Miele
Christa Caceres
Karen Moses
Matthew Connell
Gregory Oberg
Cynthia Crowner
Arthur Piancone
Megan DeLuca
Andrew Porter
Mark Dodel & Patricia Rylko MD, FACC
Marshall Pope
Nancy S. Dressel
Mark Rino
Wendy Ernest
Pat Ross
Marisa Ford
Ellyn Schindler
Heather Garrison
Catherine Schuler
Kimberly Godwin
Jan Selving
Joan Glusiec
David Super
Donald Hannig
Mathilda Sheptak
Maureen Harrison
Charlie Trapasso
Maryanne Heeter
Michael Tukeva
Ethel Huff
Robert Uguccioni
Nick Igdalsky
Leslie Underhill
Gregory Knowlden
Colleen Walsh
Deborah Kulick
Anonymous (1)


Joseph Bedrick
Carol Hebling
Christene Benisz
Leslie Howes
Deborah Bermudez
Sarah Jacobi
Breathe Easy Office Solutions
Fran Kozarsky
Brian Bossuyt
Maureen Krinsky
Suzanne Campbell
Robin Kunz
Mellie Catoe
Craig Lafferty
Linnae Cintron
Thomas Leonard
Ilene Cook
Ben May
Brian Coyne
Gayle Miller
Kathleen Curnoles
Krista Montgomery
Thomas Cusumano
Cathy Perri
Kellie Davis
Precie Schroyer
Lucas DeBartolo
Jennifer Shukaitis
Nancy DeJesus
Janet Sidlosky
Denise Dost
Sue Snell
Steven Falgie
Sydell Spinner
Barbara Fredericks
James Thornton
James Furiosi
Craig Vincent
Sheila Garl
Cheri West
Kimberly Gay
Willoughbyv Denise Herbert
Women of Substance LLC
Goomba's Pizza
Carol Yates
Honi Gruenberg
Theresa Zuba
Jeffrey Hardy


I'm an individual who's been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund's partners, Pocono Mountains United Way is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we continue to award grants, we are posting them here. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you. If you are looking for resources now, please check our "Helpful Resources" page, or call 2-1-1 or 570-517-3953.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. Pocono Mountains United Way's Board of Directors and Staff are working to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. Rather, please fill out this short application to apply:  Crisis Response Fund Application

To confirm your application has been received, please email

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

We are so glad that you are interested in donating! Currently, we ask that all gifts remain unrestricted to ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted.

Can I donate anonymously?

For transparency and our desire to thank every donor, we would like to list every donor on this page.  But if you would like your donation to be anonymous, please email

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who've benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who've had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community. 

What is NOT be included in the first phase of funding?

We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address the both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we continue to assess and evolve our funding strategies. 

Based upon the charitable structure of the Crisis Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations. 

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund? 

The Crisis Response Fund prioritizes community-based organizations serving Monroe County communities. We are doing this with a recognition that many Monroe County nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. We also know that there are many organizations in neighboring counties that have broader footprints, serving Monroe County residents. 

When are you sharing who you fund?

We are currently sharing who we have funded so far below. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources, as well as provide transparency for our fund.

Fund Recipients

Organization Name Amount Purpose
Feeding Families Inc $2,000 For gas, extra food pickups, masks, gloves, and food purchases through Second Harvest
Monroe County Meals on Wheels $2,120 For shelf stable meal items and to purchase approximately 400 frozen meals to be provided to homebound individuals who would not normally qualify but are temporarily homebound.
Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church $5,000 For food pantry operations which have increased to 14-16 days per month. Funds will be utilized to purchase food for distribution, and to begin home delivery of food to those who are elderly/shut-in, or unable to come and receive food. The pantry distributes approximately 5,000 lbs of food per week, serving 300-400 families.
The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg $5,000 For direct food purchases.
Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania $5,000 For increased call volume from Monroe County residents to provide information and referral services to callers  presenting with needs for food, rent assistance, utilities assistance, and information related to COVID-19.
Northampton Community College Foundation $5,000 For the Spartan Aid Fund for support for Monroe Campus students to provide emergency relief in the form of technology, food, utilities, or other resources that support student's progress toward their degrees and certificates.
Women's Resources of Monroe County $2,800 For costs associated with installing and upgrading internet wifi in shelter for children staying in shelter to do school work and for additional food expenses for shelter residents.
ESU Foundation $5,000 Emergency Response Fund for ESU students who are struggling to move to online learning and need WIFI hot spots, electronic keys, and textbooks. Due to the loss of employment, many students need financial support for transportation, rent, necessary medications and food.
The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg $5,000 For non-congregate sheltering and emergency food for 5 homeless individuals, already registered in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), to be moved into temporary shelter motel rooms through at least April 30, 2020, followed by transition into the Emergency Shelter facility at 226 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg.
Meals on Wheels of Monroe County  $2,880  For meals for at least 10 private pay clients for 1.5 months of meals. This will cover costs for clients who have no ability to contribute to the cost of their meals.  
Top of the Mountain Ecumenical Food Pantry  $5,000 Funds would help cover additional bags, cleaning supplies, gloves, masks etc. And to purchase additional food. 
Roots Living Ministry  $1,000 All funds will be used to support the food pantry, including to purchase protective equipment,  sanitation supplies, for an additional refrigeration unit and for gas to pick up food. 
East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church $5,000 Funds will be used to purchase food for meal prep, food for the food bank, and paper products for carry out. The money will also be used to fill the vans with gas when needed for the weekly or biweekly pick up from Second Harvest. It will supply volunteers and patrons with gloves, sanitizer, and masks.
Jo's Outreach  $5,000 For personal protective equipment, other cleaning supplies, gasoline reimbursement to volunteers using their personal vehicles; and for vehicle maintenance costs for the truck owned by Jo's Outreach as needed. Other expenses to be covered are food, formula, and baby food; paper goods like paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, and toilet tissue; and hygiene products such as tooth paste, shampoo, body wash/soap. 
Family Promise of Monroe County  $5,000  For non-congregate sheltering and meals for homeless families. 
Passion for Christ Church Food Pantry  $2,500  The funds will be used to purchase food as well as to cover increased truck rental cost and gas usage increase. Portions of the funds will also be used to purchase masks, gloves and sanitizers.  
Pleasant Valley Assembly of God  $1,000  Purchase of grab and go style meals and family care packages for the community, as well as PPE for volunteer use 
Arlington Heights Elementary School  $5,000 For Backpack program that will provide 7 days' worth of meals (3 meals and snacks) for 28 families (40 children, including younger age) 
Salvation Army East Stroudsburg  $5,000 For community meals in June that follow USDA MyPlate guidelines per meal, including; protein, whole grains, fresh fruit and nuts, and low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt. fresh fruit (when available), snacks, beverages, and water. 
Pocono Family YMCA  $2,400 Purchase of PPE and increased sanitation costs for summer care in June 
Pocono Mountains School District $2,246.25 To provide the "Ready 4K" program to up to 750 families through August 31, 2020
Salvation Army East Stroudsburg  $5,000 For utility assistance to those impacted by COVID-19
Pocono Family YMCA  $2,400 To add WiFi and additional work stations to their school aged childcare classrooms to support blended or distance learning for local students
Salvation Army East Stroudsburg $5,000 To provide hotel accommodations and emergency food for individuals and families to quarantine for 14-15 days before entering the congregate shelter
Monroe County Meals on Wheels $5,000 For purchase of meals for clients
Feeding Families $5,000 For purchase of storage and purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables
Pleasant Valley Assembly of God $1,000 For purchase of meats and shelf stable food, single serve containers and plastic ware
Northampton Community College Foundation $5,000 For purchase of 100 $50 grocery store gift cards to in need NCC students that visit the on-campus food pantry
Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church $5,000 For purchase of fruit and vegetables, shelf stable goods, meats, and poultry
Family Promise of Monroe County $5,000 Non-congregate shelter for families
Passion for Christ Church $2,250 For purchase of food, truck rentals to pick up food, PPE and cleaning supplies
Total Distributed To Date: $119,596.25