The Board of Directors of Moses Taylor Foundation has announced its most recent grant awards, awarding a total of $355,000 to 5 organizations that advance the Foundation's mission of improving the health of people in Northeastern Pennsylvania. "We continue to work diligently with organizations to address community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing support to organizations for non-COVID related needs,” said LaTida Smith, Moses Taylor Foundation President and CEO. "From supporting school nurses by providing much-needed personal protective equipment and sanitization supplies, to providing modern blood scales for our local American Red Cross chapter, these grants support our local community and nonprofit partners while we all continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19."
A complete history of grant awards is available on the Moses Taylor Foundation website
American Red Cross, NEPA Chapter
For the purchase of modern blood scales to replace outdated models. New blood scales offer many benefits including collecting variable blood volume based on a donor’s gender, height, and weight, allowing for more blood to be collected from certain donors; improving engagement between donors and phlebotomists, who now must manually agitate the collection bag to mix blood with anticoagulants; and reducing the number of lost units due to occasional equipment deficiencies and clotting. The American Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter serves residents of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties.
Family Promise of Monroe County
To provide emergency shelter and meals for at-risk and homeless children and their families. While Family Promise's operating model has always relied on partnering with local congregations to provide overnight shelter and meals, due to COVID-19 the organization has shifted to sheltering children and their families in local hotels and motorhome camp sites. Funding will provide the necessary support to keep families housed through the end of 2020.
Valley Youth House
To support a new Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) program for homeless or unstably housed transition-age youth (ages 18-24) in Monroe County. The program provides rental assistance for an average of twelve months for up to ten youth. A Housing Stability Coach will help participants locate housing; develop the soft and hard skills necessary to find and maintain employment; and assist with obtaining connections to community resources.
YMCA of Greater Scranton
To support a full-day learning hybrid program along with a before- and after-school program. Due to COVID-19, school districts have been forced to choose between hybrid programming and full-time virtual learning, leaving working parents with limited choice in providing quality, safe care for their children while they continue to work outside of the home. These new programs offered by the YMCA meet the needs of working families and are convenient, affordable, and designed to provide positive and enriching experiences for students.
For the purchase and distribution of PPE and sanitization supplies to local school nurses throughout the Foundation’s 11-county region. Kits will include KN 95 Masks, face shields, disinfectant wipes, 3 ply masks, gowns, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizer.