These self-contained bicycling adventures benefit the important work of three local nonprofits and their community relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. These nonprofits showed up for the Erie community in B-I-G ways from supporting local students through connectivity to classroom learning, to first responders providing for the critical healthcare needs of the region, and supporting families with essentials like childcare and food.
During this time, these nonprofits went around the roadblock and took a different route. Despite posting a combined multi-million dollar net revenue loss – they pivoted their business models, made investments, redeployed staff and answered community needs
Your participation in this year’s Lake Erie Cyclefest will help WQLN Public Broadcasting, EmergyCare and the YMCA of Greater Erie to course correct from the impact of COVID-19 and re-establish a firm foundation for generations to come.
WQLN PBS NPR
WQLN knows information is powerful, especially in a time of crisis. That’s why we’ve redirected our limited resources to help connect our community with necessary information during this Covid-19 pandemic. WQLN is working with government officials, health experts, and all local media to make sure you have daily updates on this global pandemic. This is a rare type of community collaboration that is only possible when everyone is committed to working together to keep you safe.
Additionally, WQLN PBS NPR is using a wealth of resources, WQLN Homeroom created a bridge to distance learning opportunities and engaging experiences while students are all staying safe at home. WQLN brings learning lessons to life by airing lessons from several local school districts thus bridging the connectivity issue faced by low-income and rural students.
EmergyCare is one of the largest non-profit EMS providers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. EmergyCare’s EMTs, Paramedics, PreHospital Nurses, and dispatch center have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. EmergyCare receives no tax revenue from the communities they served. EmergyCare funds its operations and equipment upgrades through an annual membership campaign, fee for service revenue, community donations, special event fundraising, and grants. During COVID-19, EmergyCare had to invest over $50,000 in unbudgeted funds for additional PPE and equipment to protect our staff and patients.
The YMCA of Greater Erie
Since 1860 and throughout the Y’s history, the Y have been called upon to provide critical services during challenging or uncertain times. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, our Y closed its physical doors and pivoted operations very quickly to meet emerging community needs like essential childcare for the "life-sustaining" workforce, emergency meals for children living with food insecurity, operation REACH to touch populations to reduce social isolation and launched a virtual platform to provide at-home tips and resources for all.