United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is dedicated to the well-being of our community. We are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in our region and mobilizing to support the community in several ways.
So many want to take action and assist one another. Here are five things you can do or share to help combat the social and economic fallout of COVID-19:
Donate to the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in the Greater Lehigh Valley and Carbon County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are stressed, donations to the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund helps ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible. For more information, visit Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund page.
Direct people to 211 East.
Pennsylvania 211 East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, 24-hour information and referral service that connects Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon County residents with the health and human services they need. If you know someone who is struggling or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to dial 211, text their ZIP CODE to 898211, or visit the PA 211 East website.
Support your local nonprofits by donating supplies.
Please visit www.unitedwayglv.org and clickHow to Help for a full list of agency needs such as hand sanitizer, paper products and cleaning supplies. You can also provide much-needed baby and infant essentials to support parents and families.
Stay connected and consider virtual volunteering.
Even during mandated social distancing, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Now more than ever, checking in on family, friends and even elderly neighbors or those living alone, is essential. Even volunteer opportunities continue in response to COVID-19. To volunteer, either from home or in person, visit Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley for more information.
Guard your mental health
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health or substance abuse, help is available during this crisis. Mental and behavioral health providers are offering care and in-person services while maintaining safe distancing, and through telehealth sessions featuring virtual face-to-face counseling. For more information on resources available, including apps, hotlines and online support groups, visit United Way GLV’s Mental and Emotional Wellness Resources page.