Pasadena Community Foundation COVID-19 Response

As of June 1, 2020, Pasadena Community Foundation has granted more than $650,000 to 26 local nonprofit organizations to support COVID-19 relief services in the Pasadena community.

Pasadena’s nonprofits continue to face unprecedented challenges as they pivot and expand their services to meet the needs of our city’s vulnerable residents. In addition to the virus’s ongoing threat to our health and safety, Pasadena is experiencing increased unemployment, food and housing insecurity, and economic instability.

With two phases of emergency grants distributed, PCF continues to assess changing needs in the nonprofit community, build partnerships to provide economic opportunities, and raise funds to extend our capacity to respond.

COVID-19 Response Fund

The PCF COVID-19 Response Fund was established to activate local philanthropy and provide direct relief to Pasadena-area residents. The fund was seeded with an initial commitment of $100,000 from PCF and continues to grow with gifts from community members, private foundations, and local businesses.

Union Station staffer Loretta Guerrero coordinates emergency food distribution.

The Fund is meant to provide the maximum flexibility and responsiveness for local nonprofit organizations as the pandemic and its long-term impacts continue to unfold. Community foundations across California and the rest of the U.S. launched similar efforts to activate philanthropy in their local communities.




COVID-19 Response Grants

Phase One COVID-19 response funding was distributed on March 31, 2020. It benefited nine local organizations serving seniors and distributing food and supplies to low-income individuals and families. In addition, the Foundation also released restrictions on existing grants to allow the recipient organizations to use current grant funds for their most urgent needs.

STARS volunteer prepares food pantry pick-ups for participating families.

Phase Two funding expanded support for basic needs, including food, shelter, and social services for our most vulnerable neighbors. Total grants in the amount of $372,000 were made to local community-based organizations serving families and individuals experiencing extreme hardship from the economic, social, and physical impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

As we deploy the resources committed to our COVID-19 response fund, we are considering the rest of 2020, including PCF’s existing grant cycles, and planning to re-purpose additional available funds. As the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts continue to evolve, we will distribute a third and fourth phase of grants with updated guidelines.

Union Station staffer arranges Project Room Key emergency housing for an unsheltered client.

Please click here for more information on Phase One grants and Phase Two grants, and read the stories of some of PCF’s COVID-19 response grantees in our  Spring 2020 newsletter and the News & Events section of our website.

COVID-19 Response Grantee Organizations

PHASE TWO Grantee Organizations:

Addressing the immediate needs of homebound seniors:

$10,000 to Meals on Wheels to maintain and expand meal delivery for homebound seniors.

$5,000 to Pasadena Senior Center to expand outreach and food distribution to older adults.

$25,000 to YWCA San Gabriel Valley to increase services for meal delivery to low-income homebound seniors in the Pasadena/Altadena area.

Addressing the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness:

$12,000 to Elizabeth House to support pregnant and parenting homeless and formerly homeless women with food, supplies, and emergency needs.

$15,000 to Salvation Army to support food distribution program and to add senior meal delivery.

$25,000 to Union Station to support safe temporary housing and meal delivery to those experiencing homelessness.

Supporting health agencies:

$15,000 to Foothill Family Service for technology support to transition to telehealth and online service delivery.

$15,000 to support the Huntington Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Fund.

$15,000 to Planned Parenthood Pasadena San Gabriel Valley to support technology needs for transition to telehealth and online service delivery.

Supporting disabled adults in residential homes:

$5,000 to AbilityFirst to purchase groceries, supplies, and programming for adults with developmental disabilities in two residential programs.

$15,000 to Villa Esperanza to purchase groceries, supplies, and programming for adults with developmental disabilities in seven residential programs.

Addressing the immediate needs of low-income families, students and youth:

$5,000 to Families Forward Learning Center to provide groceries, baby supplies, and gift cards to families.

$20,000 to Flintridge Center to support the Youth of Promise program for youth coming out of incarceration with emergency assistance grants.

$15,000 to Foothill Unity to support their Food Program that provides weekly food boxes to low-income families and seniors.

$20,000 to Friends in Deed to support its food pantry.

$15,000 to Learning Works for purchase of educational supplies, access to technology, and emergency assistance to low-income students and their families.

$10,000 to Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL) to support low-income families with emergency supplies and educational resources.

$15,000 to Pasadena Community Job Center for emergency mini-grants and food pantry support for day laborers and domestic workers.

$15,000 for Pasadena City College Foundation to expand emergency assistance through the Unexpected Hardship Fund, which provides electronic gift cards, emergency funds to low-income students.

$10,000 to the Pasadena Educational Foundation to purchase protective equipment to monitor the health of essential workers, including those preparing and distributing meals for Pasadena Unified School District.

$15,000 to Stars to provide under-served youth and their families culturally responsive meals and support for online learning.

Addressing the immediate needs of foster youth:

$15,000 to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services to provide temporary housing and food for at-risk young adults.

$15,000 to Hillsides to purchase food, groceries, basic supplies foster and transitional aged youth.

$15,000 to Five Acres to support increased educational and food expenses for students in Short-Term Residential Therapeutic and Transitional Shelter Care programs.

Supporting low-income sober living clients in residential homes

$10,000 to Casa to expand telehealth programming and meals for residential clients.

$20,000 to Grandview Foundation to provide shelter, treatment, and healthy meals to individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.


PHASE ONE Grantee Organizations:

$15,000 to Foothill Unity Center to provide meal delivery and support the needs of older adults.

$15,000 to Meals on Wheels to support and expand meal delivery for homebound seniors.

$10,000 to Armenian Relief Society to support access to food, emergency supplies and culturally sensitive comprehensive services for homebound seniors.

$10,000 to Families in Transition to support increased food distribution, emergency assistance and comprehensive social supports for at-risk Pasadena Unified School District families.

$10,000 to the Pasadena Senior Center to support expanded outreach and food distribution to older adults.

$10,000 to Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network to provide emergency grants and support the essential needs of older adults, including tele-case management, medical information and other essential services.

$10,000 to Friends in Deed to support increase in demand for food distribution for local residents.

$10,000 to Union Station to help unhoused clients secure safe emergency shelter, support social distancing with motel stays and meal distribution.

$10,000 to Salvation Army for help meet the changing basic needs of people living in poverty and disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.



“Easing the burdens of the COVID-19 crisis in our community is PCF’s highest priority and will be the focus of our grantmaking for the rest of 2020.”

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