Giving back: Sharp Energy, Community Foundation, Bank of America, Delmarva Power


Bank of America is partnering with Donate Delaware to provide personal protective equipment, specifically 250,000 masks, 50 hand sanitizer cases, and 26,000 pairs of gloves. To date, Bank of America has provided Donate Delaware with a total of 750,000 masks, 200 cases of hand sanitizer, and 78,000 gloves.

This donation is part of a nationwide effort by Bank of America to distribute millions of PPE masks to communities disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus, including communities of color, and is connected to its $1.25 billion, five-year commitment of support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by a global pandemic. Bank of America has distributed more than 25 million masks in cities across the country since last summer.  

“Donate Delaware plays a vital role in the community by distributing much-needed PPE supplies to nonprofits and schools across Delaware so they can continue serving our neighbors,” said Chip Rossi, president, Bank of America Delaware. “We are grateful for the important work they do and are here to ensure they have the resources needed to continue supporting our community.”

Since March of 2020, Donate Delaware has been supporting communities throughout the State of Delaware by providing much-needed PPE supplies. Due to the generosity of business and nonprofit partners who donated PPE supplies, Donate Delaware has distributed over $2 million worth of personal protective equipment to date.

Dave Tiberi, Co-Founder of Donate Delaware, commented that as part of its outreach, Donate Delaware volunteers will work with nonprofit and community leaders to ensure that the PPE reaches the most vulnerable populations and frontline workers, senior homes, schools, and health centers.  


Vision Grants announced 

The Delaware Covid-19 Strategic Response Fund, a partnership of the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) and Philanthropy Delaware, awarded $165,000 in Vision Grants for innovative solutions to our communities’ emerging and evolving needs in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vision Grants will allow nonprofit organizations across Delaware to engage additional experts, helping them build their capacity to create collaborative networks, develop scalable and sustainable programming approaches, and design and test prototypes of promising innovations.

Vision Grant Recipients

Community Legal Aid Society, Delaware (Main Branch)
$25,000 to support planning efforts of the Delaware Social and Civil Justice Center, a collaboration that will co-locate some of the largest nonprofits in Delaware that provide free or low-cost legal and social services to our most underserved populations.

Literacy Delaware
$25,000 to support planning efforts of the Building Capacity to Reach Adults with Low Literacy project statewide, focused on addressing the adult literacy crisis in Delaware.

One Village Alliance, Inc.
$25,000 to support planning efforts of the Freedom: Urban Wellness Center (City of Wilmington), a collaboration among One Village Alliance and 38 churches to create a 10,000-square-foot facility and outdoor space in Wilmington’s northside.

$25,000 to support planning efforts of the Transforming Child Care – Increasing Access and Affordability project to create an implementation plan for transforming child care access and affordability statewide.

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity
$25,000 to support a comprehensive study on home conditions by the Habitat for Humanity Statewide Healthy Homes Initiative that will help the organization modify its programs to meet the community’s needs better. 

The Way Home
$25,000 to support planning efforts of Project Honor – Helping Others Navigate Opportunities and Resources (Sussex County) to develop a one-stop facility that offers returning vets and other reentrants immediate housing, access to medical and behavioral/mental healthcare, and training and career development.

Spur Impact Association
$15,000 to expand and improve Delaware Gives, increasing engagement and support to Delaware nonprofits.

Sharp Energy-Nemours effort raises $10,000

For the fifth consecutive year, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s propane distribution subsidiary, Sharp Energy, partnered with the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington to support the hospital’s Child Life Program. Sharp Energy presented a $10,000 check to the hospital during their “Help Our Kids” radiothon.

The contribution included proceeds from Sharp Energy’s Nemours Charity Bobtail, a truck used to transport propane gas that raises funds and awareness for Nemours Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program. Sharp donates to the hospital for each gallon of propane delivered to its customers with the bobtail and has contributed more than $50,000 over the past five years.

“Having a nationally recognized pediatric healthcare system in the Delmarva service area is a great community asset,” explained Andrew Hesson, vice president of propane operations.  “Supporting the Nemours Child Life Program is not only a privilege but a commitment to the families who live, work and play in the areas we serve.”

The Child Life Program helps support young patients during their time at Nemours by making the experience as positive as possible. Play is an important part of a child’s healing process. The certified Child Life specialists team at Nemours provides patients opportunities for activities that help normalize their hospital stay.

Delmarva Power announces environmental grants.

Delmarva Power and its program administrator Delaware Nature Society have chosen seven local municipalities, recreational authorities, and nonprofits to receive nearly $75,000 in funds to support open space and resiliency projects in Delaware and Maryland.

This funding is provided throughout the region as part of Delmarva Power’s Sustainable Communities Grant Program, which supports open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, environmental conservation, and innovative community resiliency projects.

In partnership with DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation renowned for its educational programming, conservation, and advocacy, Delmarva Power is providing grants to the following municipalities, recreational authorities, and nonprofits:

  • Delaware State University  ($25,000) – For the installation of a 25-kilowatt solar array system on the roof of the Mishoe Science Center.
  • Delaware Center for Horticulture ($10,000) – Supports the installation of pollinator habitat gardens on green spaces throughout the City of Wilmington.
  • Delaware Wildlands ($10,000) – Toward land acquisition and protecting the health of the wetlands, forest, and wildlife of Augustine Creek.
  • City of Newark  ($10,000) – Assists in the reforestation of the City of Newark’s wooded parks and open spaces.
  • Friends of Cecil County Parks and Recreation ($9,878) – Supports the restoration and enhancement of the natural habitat in and around its parks and the development of a plant, bird, and butterfly habitat.
  • Laurel Redevelopment Corporation ($5,000) – Toward the development and installation of two interpretive panels at Tidewater Park to support the operation of a local bioswale and wetland on Broad Creek.
  • Friends of White Clay Creek State Park ($5,000) – Supports the habitat restoration of the Judge Morris Estate section of the White Clay Creek State Park.