COVID-19 Relief Fund for Southwest Virginia Communities
A Resiliency and Social Innovation Initiative for Southwest Virginia
United Way of Southwest Virginia has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a resiliency and social innovation initiative. A regional community organization focused on improving health, education, and economic mobility, United Way of Southwest Virginia will respond to the needs of our communities experiencing detrimental economic effects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
United Way of Southwest Virginia has formed a regional advisory council comprised of donors to the fund, business and nonprofit organizations, and health and human service agencies to develop the response strategy for Southwest Virginia. United Way of Southwest Virginia will form strategic public-private partnerships with community organizations to meet the needs of individuals affected. Both immediate and long-term, these efforts will focus response efforts on vulnerable populations, including children, families, and the ALICE population. ALICE, an acronym coined by United Way that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed represents men, women, and families who work hard and earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living.
You may make your gift online at https://unitedwayswva.org/covid19/ or mail your gift to United Way of Southwest Virginia, COVID-19 Relief Fund, P.O. Box 644, Abingdon, VA 24212. For questions, please contact Mary Anne Holbrook, Director of Community Relations at (276) 525-4075.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the COVID-19 Relief Fund be used to support?
Who will decide how the funds are distributed?
Who is on the advisory council?
Is my gift to the COVID-19 Relief Fund tax deductible?
Will my gift to the COVID-19 Relief Fund remain local?
Will there be an administrative rate or fundraising fee for gifts to the COVID-19 Relief Fund?
What does Resiliency and Social Innovation Fund really mean?
I am in need of assistance, because I have been impacted by the pandemic. Who should I contact?
COVID-19 Survey Responses
United Way of Southwest Virginia and community partners distributed a survey to community partners, including nonprofits and child care centers, between March 23, 2020 and April 8, 2020. We received responses from 167 individuals. More than half of the child care agencies that responded to the survey have closed as a result of the current pandemic. The survey showed that the greatest need people in the region face is food, followed closely by child care. The survey also revealed that almost 60% of the agencies that completed the survey have less than 90 days of operating funds available.
Charts showing the questions and responses can be viewed here.