New Food Bank, More Mental Health Services To Help Residents Face Crisis

May 19, 2020
Parent's Information and Resource Center in Pompano Beach is providing new coronavirus relief thanks to an emergency grant from the Community Foundation of Borward.

Food to help families facing layoffs and other coronavirus-related economic hardships.

Counseling – by phone and computer – to help people who lost their health insurance cope during a time of crisis.

Parent’s Information & Resource Center, known as PIRC, is able to provide this emergency food along with vital mental health services, thanks to help from the Community Foundation of Broward.

PIRC, located in Pompano Beach, provides mental health services for 700 children and adults, but nearly half of them have lost health benefits during this crisis.

Now an emergency $125,000 grant from the Community Foundation enables PIRC to continue psychiatric evaluations, medication management and counseling for people in need. And the grant also helps PIRC launch a food bank and provide other relief to help sustain their clients.

“The Community Foundation is here to sustain and grow the vital community services that PIRC and other local nonprofits deliver, during this crisis and beyond,” said Sheri Brown, the Foundation’s Vice President of Community Impact.

This infusion of support for PIRC is one of seven new emergency grants the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved to help Broward residents face the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus. This includes relief for seniors, the disabled, victims of domestic violence, residents who recently lost jobs and others at risk of missing out on aid.

Already, the Community Foundation has provided nearly $2 million in immediate coronavirus response. That includes new grants as well as easing restrictions on existing grants so local nonprofits can pivot to tackle residents’ most pressing needs.

Visionary local philanthropists who have established endowed charitable Funds at the Community Foundation are making it possible to provide this critical, immediate relief. And this is only the beginning. Because endowed Funds last forever, the Community Foundation will be able to fuel the long-term solutions Broward needs during this crisis and beyond.

“It’s through the power of endowed giving – from local philanthropists who have already stepped up and those who will join them – that Broward will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever,” Brown said.

PIRC’s emergency grant was made possible by support from the following charitable Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:

  • Kearns Family Foundation Fund
  • August Urbanek Family Fund
  • Marlene Holder Fund for Broward
  • Drial Foundation Fund
  • Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund
Contact Information

For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, contact or 954-761-9503.

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