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Close to Home Disaster and Emergency Fund


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The Close to Home Disaster and Emergency Fund provides grants to human service organizations serving Washington County, Pennsylvania, in response to local disasters and emergencies.

The segment of our community that is most impacted during disasters and emergencies are the financially distressed, who already rely on the services of human services organizations. During disasters and emergencies, human services organizations are called upon to provide additional services, taxing their limited financial resources. The purpose of the WCCF’s Close to Home Disaster and Emergency Fund is to provide grants to human service organizations in Washington County in a coordinated and strategic manner to help alleviate suffering caused by disaster or emergency. Grants are made to human service organizations and other nonprofits to address immediate needs, short-term needs and long-term needs.

Currently, the Close to Home Disaster and Emergency Fund is concentrating its efforts in response to the COVID-19 virus. Moneys contributed to the Fund will be granted initially for immediate needs to the Greater Washington County Food Bank, Salvation Army Washington Corps., and the Washington City Mission. As conditions change and more needs are identified, additional human service organizations will likely be added to the list of grantees.

The Foundation waives its normal management fee for the Close to Home Disaster and Emergency Fund.


Other Ways to Give

Checks payable to “Washington County Community Foundation” may be mailed to 1253 Route 519, PO Box 308, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Please write “Close to Home Fund” on the memo line. For other types of gifts, including IRA Charitable Transfers, please contact the WCCF at 724-222-6330.


Grants Awarded in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

  • $5,000 - Avella Area School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Bentworth School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Bethlehem Center School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Burgettstown Area School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - California Area School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Charleroi Area School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Chartiers-Houston School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Fort Cherry School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Peters Township School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - McGuffey School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Washington School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Trinity Area School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Ringgold School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Canon-McMillan School District - Educational Tools for Needy Students/COVID
  • $5,000 - Main Street Farmers Market - Bonus Token Program for Low-Income Individuals
  • $5,000 - Domestic Violence Services of SW. PA.
  • $5,000 - Washington City Mission - Pop-Up Pantry Program
  • $5,000 - Blueprints - Foster Family Assistance Program
  • $5,000 - Leadership Washington County - Feed the Fight Program - 1:1 Challenge Grant
  • $10,000 - Presbyterian SeniorCare Network - Personal Protective Equipment and Sanitation Supplies
  • $20,000 - Literacy Council of Southwestern PA - Student Emergency Relief Fund
  • $20,000 - Literacy Council of Southwestern PA - Remote Learning Program
  • $40,000 - The Salvation Army Washington Corps - 1:1 Challenge Grant
  • $50,000 - Greater Washington County Food Bank - 1:1 Challenge Grant
  • $50,000 - Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA - 1:1 Challenge Grant
  • $5,000 - Washington City Mission - Pop-Up Pantry Program
  • $2,000 - Lemoyne Community Center - Feeding Program for At-Risk Youth
  • $30,000 - Allegheny Health Network, Canonsburg General Hospital - Ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment, and Other Equipment Related to Direct Patient Care During the COVID-19 Crisis
  • $30,000 - Monongahela Valley Hospital Foundation - Protective Gear for Monongahela Valley Hospital Staff and Patients
  • $5,000 - Genesis of Pittsburgh, Washington Center - "Essential Needs Day" Supplies (Formula, Wipes, Diapers)
  • $31,000 - Washington Hospital Foundation - Protective Gear for Doctors, Nurses, Patients, and Visitors of Washington Health System
  • $20,000 - Washington City Mission - Pop-Up Pantries
  • $10,000 - The Salvation Army Washington Corps. - Love in a Backpack
  • $10,000 - Greater Washington County Food Bank - Food Packaging Materials