enjoys a century-long heritage rich in service to the Philadelphia region. It was formed in 1914 by eight Philadelphia women. Their efforts were initially directed at aiding foreign relief during World War I and combatting the terrible influenza epidemic. EA continued through the 1920’s and the Depression era delivering help wherever there was great need.
During World War II, EA secured and sent relief supplies to the Allies. It provided housing information for officers and enlisted men and women. The organization also sold over $68 million in war bonds. The Emergency Aid became the largest volunteer women’s organization in the Philadelphia area.
In 1984, when the Foundation was formed, members were determined to infuse the spirit and tradition of its past with a renewed awareness of ever-changing conditions and with the flexibility to respond to these new needs.
EA’s mission is accomplished through Grants to non-profit organizations, through Founders Awards which recognize and support outstanding girls during their high school years, and through four-year College Scholarships for select Founders’ girls.
The Foundation continues to enjoy an active membership of women volunteers who give generously of their time, talent and financial resources to support the mission and work of The Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation.