Every day, the calls and messages keep coming.
People in our community have lost their jobs or had their hours cut. They need help feeding their family, finding childcare or filing for unemployment.
They come to the United Way of Bartholomew County seeking help with food, childcare, hygiene items and other essential needs.
Our COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to help community members with these needs.
So far, we have made allocations to multiple agencies who are on the front lines and are ensuring everyone in our community is taken care of during these difficult times.
Here is a look at the agencies who have received allocations from our COVID-19 Relief Fund and how they are using your donation to help people.
Mill Race Center
Mill Race Center routinely offers programming and other resources which help senior citizens in our community.
The center was allocated COVID-19 Relief Fund money. Now, they are providing home bound seniors with meals and financial assistance.
Thrive Alliance provides housing, social and human services to county residents.
People who need help keeping their housing during this pandemic are turning to Thrive Alliance, who is using the bulk of their COVID-19 Relief Fund money to address housing needs. They are also providing meal assistance.
Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center
LCNFC works on programming and collaborates with partners to make improvements to the neighborhood. The partner agency also owns and manages Yes Cinema.
Their allocation from the relief fund is now being used to provide their neighbors with basic needs during this difficult time.
Sans Souci works toward allowing every county resident the tools they need to become self-sufficient by running a thrift store where people have access to affordable clothing and job training.
Social distancing concerns have closed their thrift shop, but they are using the COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide people with basic needs.
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Turning Point works toward the prevention and elimination of domestic and dating violence. They also maintain a shelter for those affected by domestic violence.
Allocations from the COVID-19 Relief Fund are being used to pay for meals for shelter residents.
Su Casa Columbus
Su Casa Columbus works to increase sufficiency for the county's Latino community through advocacy, educational attainment and access to community resources.
Their allocation is helping provide basic needs for Latino families.
Family Service Inc.
Family Service provides mental health and child abuse prevention services.
Their allocation from the COVID-19 Relief Fund will allow them to offer affordable mental health counseling during this difficult time.
Patients will be charged on a sliding scale, with some getting much needed free mental health services.
Children Inc., Learning Center
Children's Inc., is a nationally accredited learning center which offers programming and childcare services for children in our community.
Money from United Way's COVID-19 Relief Fund allowed them to get resources they needed to open as an emergency child care facility to be utilized by essential workers.
This partner agency offers adult day programming at their facility in Mill Race Center.
Social distancing forced a closure on their normal services and daily programming. Their allocation from the relief fund is being used to deliver hot meals and activity packets for their clients and to coordinate the health care needs of their clients.