Aloha United Way is actively working to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our community as Hawai'i confronts COVID-19. Along with the severe public health crisis, our community is facing an extreme economic crisis in its wake that has no clear end in sight. The most vulnerable members of our community, many of whom already face health and economic disparities, will be disproportionately affected by the global pandemic.
As a vital part of Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) emergency response plan, Aloha United Way 2-1-1 is the primary community call center for info on COVID-19. We experienced an immediate surge in demand for services and support, along with 600% increase in calls to our 2-1-1 helpline requesting referrals to rent and utility assistance, housing, food, healthcare, and other basic human needs. Weexpect the need to continue to soar and have increased our service from five to
seven days per week with an additional five house per day.
Aloha United Way’s Hawaii COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was activated to swiftly raise and deploy flexible resources to local nonprofit agencies supporting those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Through trusted partnerships, the Fund will provide support for local nonprofit organizations to address:
- Housing and shelter needs
- Rent/utility access
- Disaster/crisis response
Your donation will ensure that-- in collaboration with community partners, foundations, nonprofit agencies, and donors-- we are able to meet the critical human services for our most vulnerable in Hawaii in this time of crisis.