Sewickley Valley Community Fund provides grant to ease local economic impact from covid-19

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 5:38 PM


The Sewickley Valley Community Fund (SVCF) is providing Grant funding to the Union Aid Society to help local families and individuals dealing with economic fallout from the covid-19 virus.

Officials with Union Aid are bracing, for what they say, could be a surge of requests for emergency assistance as local families deal with reduced or no income.  SVCF is providing the Union Aid Society with a $10,000 grant specifically to allow the Society to meet the expected crush of aid requests.  In turn, the Society will use the SVCF grant to leverage more funds from additional grants  from other foundations and individual donors.

“Over the past several weeks it has been become clear that, in addition to the medical crisis, many in our communities are facing an economic crisis,” said Mark Gensheimer, SVCF board president. “When we received the request from the Union Aid Society, our board immediately understood the urgency and need for this money to be available to the community.”

Since 1898, the Union Aid Society has been a safety net for those who reside in the 11 municipalities that comprise the Quaker Valley School District. They provide Senior Housing, scholarships and funds for living expenses including childcare, food, medication, rent and utility bills.  During this unprecedented pandemic, the union Aid Society remains steadfast in their assistance to our neighbors in need.  The borough building office is closed to visitors but phone messages (412-741-9240) and emails (cnash@unionaidsociety.org) are returned in a timely manner.  The society’s Facebook page and website(UnionAidSociety.org) contain updates. The society accepts donations electronically on their website or by mail.

Now in it’s 22nd year,  the SVCF has provided matching grants throughout the Quaker Valley area to organizations and agencies for projects that improve the quality of life and inter-municipality cooperation within the 11 municipalities that make up the Quaker Valley School District.  You can find out more about the SVCF and access a grant request form on our website at sewickleyvcf.org .  SVCF is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization and raises money during an annual appeal in the fall.

Over the past several years, the SVCF has provided matching funds for the Sewickley Public Library, The Sewickley Valley YMCA Summer Camp, The Laughlin Children’s Center, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, and the Tull Family Theater.

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