COVID-19 Relief Fund for Southwest Virginia Communities

A Resiliency and Social Innovation Initiative for Southwest Virginia

United Way of Southwest Virginia is accepting donations to establish 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 is forming 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?

The COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to support community organizations who are working to meet the needs of individuals affected by the pandemic. These needs will likely fall into two categories: immediate and long-term.

Who will decide how the funds are distributed?

United Way of Southwest Virginia is forming an advisory council. The advisory council will help form the strategy for the disbursement of these funds to community organizations working to meet the needs of individuals affected by the pandemic.

Is my gift to the COVID-19 Relief Fund tax deductible?

Gifts to United Way of Southwest Virginia are tax deductible. Consult your tax professional for what this means to you.

Will my gift to the COVID-19 Relief Fund remain local?

Yes, all money donated to support the COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to support community organizations right here in Southwest Virginia working to meet the needs of individuals affected by the pandemic.

Will there be an administrative rate or fundraising fee for gifts to the COVID-19 Relief Fund?

United Way has secured funding to help support the administrative and fundraising costs associated with this emergency response campaign. 100% of your donation will be to support response efforts in Southwest Virginia.

What does Resiliency and Social Innovation Fund really mean?

Southwest Virginia is both resilient and socially innovative. Our region has always come together to solve challenges to improve our communities and our future. The days to come are uncertain, but, together, we will support strategies leading to resilience. We know that we are innovators in this region. There is no doubt that new strategies will be developed to respond to the needs of our region.

I am in need of assistance, because I have been impacted by the pandemic. Who should I contact?

United Way of Southwest Virginia does not provide direct assistance to individuals. United Way of Southwest Virginia will be using the funds from the COVID-19 Relief Fund to support organizations who are working to meet the needs of people experiencing the effects of the pandemic. If you need direct assistance, such as help with food for your family, paying a utility bill, paying a medical bill, or other basic needs, please contact 211 Virginia at www.211virginia.org or call 2-1-1 from your phone.