United Way Worldwide Launches COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund


ALEXANDRIA, Va.March 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — United Way Worldwide today announced that it has established the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to support communities affected by COVID-19. Donations from the fund will help the most vulnerable populations receive critical financial and social service support during this global crisis.

Across industries, commerce is suffering as people remain in their homes. Hourly and tipped workers with little to no savings are already losing vital income, and as the economic impacts spread, many jobs may be at risk. As schools close, children who receive free meals at school are in danger of going hungry and low-income college students may not be able to afford transportation home as universities shutter their campuses.

“While we are unsettled by the disruption to our lives from the effort to contain COVID-19; we know that many people also face the additional burden of the financial disruption or loss of critical services,” explained Brian Gallagher, President and CEO, of United Way Worldwide. “United Way has always been there for communities in need. Today we are proud to support the work of our local United Ways – through the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund – to meet the needs of those who find themselves in crisis during these unprecedented times.”

For over 130 years, United Way has been on the front lines of disaster response, delivering high-demand resources to communities in need and providing individuals with personalized help in crisis situations. United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund will mobilize United Way’s network―covering 94 percent of communities across the U.S.―and help keep families in their homes, foodbanks stocked with staples and critical social services running.  Click here to see a how local United Ways are supporting their communities through this crisis.

Already, United Way has taken significant steps to address community needs during this time of unprecedented global crisis. By collaborating with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), first responders and community partners and corporations, United Way is tracking and filling resource gaps and providing real-time guidance, information and data on COVID-19 through the 211 network.

In addition to launching the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund, United Way is working to mobilize corporate partners who want to support those impacted by efforts to contain COVID-19.

The National Football League and Everfi

United Way, in partnership with the National Football League and Everfi, a leading education technology company, is providing – at no cost — access to Character Playbook: Healthy Relationships & Mental Wellness Basics, two innovative digital learning experiences for middle and high school students to support remote learning.


UWW and DoorDash are partnering to identify communities where we will facilitate grocery and meal deliveries to households in need through local partners.

CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health is a key partner of United Way’s work to connect people to services and improve health outcomes across the country. They have generously donated funds to support our national 211 response to COVID-19, and specifically to support local 211s in Washington and California.

Donations to the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund can be made by visiting: unitedway.org/covid19

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