Every day, more than half a million people in Northeast Florida – almost 40 percent of our region’s population – struggle to afford basic necessities during normal times. The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically amplifying these existing needs and creating unprecedented demands on nonprofits.
Our community has always answered the call in times of crisis. From supporting safety-net programs that provide food, clothing and shelter during financial hardships to mobilizing volunteers to help repair homes damaged after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, First Coast residents know what it means to LIVE UNITED.
Today is no different. Your neighbors need your help, and we know you won’t let them down.
People across the region are struggling in the economic wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hourly workers in the service sector and the “gig” economy are disproportionately affected due to cancelled conferences, entertainment and sporting events, and plummeting sales at local businesses. Coupled with school closures that require extra child care expenses or lost time on the job, many working families are struggling to make rent and put food on the table.
A looming economic crisis for these families is growing alongside the one in health care. Community resources are inundated. Food pantries will be in high demand and calls for help are already pouring into our 211 centers.
Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund is providing much-needed resources to struggling families by supporting local organizations who deliver essential human services to residents disproportionately burdened by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
This pandemic is a new challenge for us, but the community spirit required to respond is not. For more than 95 years, Northeast Florida and our supporters have faced crises head-on, doing whatever is required to comfort and care for those in need. You can do the same.