Project SOS

Help us raise an additional $80,000 to meet the needs of current applicants. Please donate now using the button below. Applications will re-open depending on funds raised. Each dollar given will directly help our neighbors in need!

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To give via check, please make the check payable to United Way of Lancaster County and write Project SOS in the memo.
Checks can be mailed to:
Attn: Project SOS
United Way of Lancaster County
1910 Harrington Drive, Suite A
Lancaster, PA 17601

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United Way of Lancaster County launched Project SOS in January as a fund for stimulus check donations to be distributed to individuals who have experienced setbacks due to COVID-19. Since its launch, Project SOS has fulfilled 339 applications, sending direct checks to 1,130 families and individuals.

Donations have been pouring in from individuals all over the county and beyond to help Lancastrians with a one-time gift. United Way will continue to accept donations until all remaining applications are fulfilled with the mission to help as many of those affected by the pandemic as possible. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a larger need for assistance in Lancaster County and with the higher volume of individuals reaching out for help, gaps have formed within the network of assistance. We have developed a LIST of areas where there is more need in the county.

We encourage those who are able, to consider making a donation. Due to the generosity of Catalyst Sponsors, for the first $250,000 of funds raised, 100%  will go directly to community members and neighbors in need with no administrative fee.

As general guidance, United Way of Lancaster County will be using United Way's ALICE framework for determining financial eligibility. Roughly, as an example this means individuals making below $21,000 and families making below $48,000 as a household and are facing unexpected needs should consider applying.

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