Posts in 'Social Safety Net'

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“When one's life has been shattered into a million pieces, most set out to pick up the pieces & rebuild. Others look at those broken pieces & decide this is their opportunity to start anew, the bigger picture comes into view.” ― Sanjo Jendayi, author and spoken word artist The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Build Back Better

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our communities, our workplaces, and our families. The pandemic is laying bare the historic disinvestment in public health and social safety net systems as well as the stark inequities in our society. Our safety net sector is experiencing a uniquely stressful moment as demand for safety net services skyrockets, while long-term funding for these critical resources remains at risk. As we continue through these times of uncertainty, we are all are anxious to return to the normal life we knew before.

Build Back Better Design Teams

As part of Build Back Better, HealthSpark is inviting representatives from service providers, faith communities, public agencies, and elected officials to work together in a Design Team to:

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The second round of MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund grants have been awarded, bringing the total amount of grant funds awarded to $212,000. A total of 63 nonprofit organizations have received grant awards through the MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund since its opening on March 26, 2020. Grant funds...
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With its partners, HeathSpark awarded the first round of grants through the MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund two weeks after opening the Fund for grant applications. A total of $141,500 has been awarded to 41 nonprofit organizations as part of a community-driven effort to support the immediate needs...
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By Russell Johnson, President and CEO The Covid-19 pandemic caught the world by surprise. While epidemiologists created scenarios of how a pandemic might impact local communities, the reality of its length is just starting to sink in. Many of us are sheltering in place and practicing social...
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Joining more than 400 national foundations, HealthSpark Foundation has signed on to the Council on Foundation's Call to Action for Philanthropy During COVID-19. The Pledge outlines the actions that signatories agree to follow during the pandemic, centering flexibility, responsiveness, and equity in...
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"As the novel coronavirus spreads nationwide and in the Commonwealth, enormous flaws in our healthcare system — and the larger system of programs and benefits that protect families and individuals from disaster — have been exposed. We are now undoubtedly facing the largest public health crisis of...
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In coordination with our partners, HealthSpark Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund. This Fund will provide emergency general operating support to social safety net organizations serving Montgomery County residents impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak...
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The momentum of the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative continues to build through HealthSpark Foundation’s Community of Practice, which hosted close to 200 guests during the 5th Community of Practice event on February 18, 2020. Guests included staff and board members from human services nonprofits...