How to Help
- County Emergency Food Relief Fund
- The Cooperage Project
- Sponsor a Senior
- NEPA Response Fund
- NEPA Gives
Our community is facing an unprecedented need for emergency food support with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider making a donation of any amount to help feed neighbors, friends and family. We will be distributing funds across all of the county to serve as many people as possible. We will help supply emergency food providers including, but not limited to, the Wayne County Pantry Program, The Cooperage Project and various churches and community groups that are providing our community with food and pantry items.
Your donation will be used to help purchase and distribute food and supplies. All donations can be made online or by sending a check to the Wayne County Community Foundation; 214 9th Street, Honesdale, PA. All donations are tax-deductible and will be used to purchase food to be given to those in need.
We have an incredibly generous county that understands the value of community. Please consider making a donation today! No donation is too small, or too big. Together, we can work to ensure that no one goes hungry during these difficult times.
The Cooperage Project, in cooperation with the Wayne Highlands School District, has been serving 150-to 190 “grab & go” meals for children up to age 18 each weekday since mid-March. The community non-profit has also been providing additional pantry items for anyone who needs them.
The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging has been preparing more than 2,000 meals a week for take-out and delivery for older adults in the community. Typically the agency asks for a $2.50 donation per meal, but this can sometimes be difficult for many seniors. To that end, Aging Administrator Mary Ursich created the “Sponsor A Senior” program to help defray the cost of the growing number of in-home meal deliveries.
You can make a secure donation online or mail a check to AAA, 323 10th Street, Honesdale PA 18431.
Aging officials are also collecting local gift cards that seniors can use for food delivery from local restaurants or stores that deliver.
For information, call the Aging office at 570-253-4262.
The NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund had been established by the Scranton Community Foundation to help non-profit agencies continue to provide critical services in the community’s time of need.
Ryanne Jennings, executive director of the Wayne County Community Foundation, sits on the advisory committee that will distribute the funds. She said, "100% of every dollar raised goes directly to rapidly respond to the immediate, increasing needs of nonprofit organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19, and those serving vulnerable populations."
Those willing and able to donate, can do so online or by mailing a check to Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Ave., Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510. Donors should write “COVID-19 Fund” on the memo line.
NEPA Gives, on Friday, June 5, aims to demonstrate how even small gifts make a big difference.
For 24 hours— from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m.— donors may make secure donations to their favorite local nonprofit organizations through the NEPA Gives online platform. Donations to participating nonprofits will be enhanced with bonus funds provided by NEPA Gives sponsors—making donor dollars stretch further.
"This is an important opportunity to help support nonprofits in our region with a really great online giving platform", said Ryanne Jennings, executive director of the Wayne County Community Foundation.
Check back for details..