As we continue through these unprecedented times, your local United Way of Washington County is focused on its mission and is responding to these challenges.
When the pandemic came upon us, the United Way swiftly put an emergency relief fund into action to help our nonprofit agency partners respond to this health crisis. Our goal with the emergency fund was to move resources quickly to community-based organizations that were in the best position to help community members. Through the generosity of various individuals and organizations, our fund has raised nearly $66,000 that the United Way has distributed to 12 organizations that applied for relief.
The pandemic remains with us for the unforeseeable future and the longstanding impact is unknown. What we know today is that our nonprofit agencies have cancelled events and fundraisers. The resulting lost revenue will leave gaps in nonprofit operating budgets.
The longer we continue through this pandemic, the more we anticipate an increased request for help to meet basic needs and fulfill vital services.
Even without coronavirus, we know nearly 30% of our residents are classified in our ALICE population (Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed). These are individuals working but living on the edge paycheck-by-paycheck. These numbers are likely to rise as more of our neighbors lose wages.
Our United Way will continue to lead discussions with our nonprofit community and listen and learn how best to help. We will respond by building awareness of issues and applying resources where needed.
Our fall campaign will be a critical opportunity to raise resources to invest in tomorrow's needs as we further build a safe and healthy community.
If you would like to donate to the relief fund, select "COVID-19 Relief Fund" from the Donation Designations drop down menu.
Learn how the CARES Act is making it easier than ever to donate to a nonprofit during the 2020 tax year.