Americans have always answered the call in times of national crisis: growing victory gardens during WWII, raising flags after 9/11, stacking sandbags during floods, sending supplies after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Today is no different. Your local agencies and organizations need your help, and we know you won’t let them down.
People across the country are struggling in the economic wake of this pandemic. Cancelled conferences, entertainment, and sporting events, in addition to plummeting sales at local businesses, are disportionately impacting hourly workers in the service sector and the “gig” economy. 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 crisis for these families is growing alongside the one in health care. Community resources will be inundated. Food pantries will be in high demand, and calls for help are already pouring into our 211 centers.
The COVID-19 Response Fund supports community organizations that serve struggling families in the greater capital region. Donations will and support relief programs and services to help with vital needs.
United Way of Central Illinois and The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln have joined together to create the COVID-19 Response Fund to deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of a coronavirus spread in Illinois’ greater capital region.
The Fund has been established in coordination with Sangamon County Office of Emergency Management and Sangamon County Department of Public Health. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
Grants will be administered by the Community Foundation in partnership with the United Way and in close collaboration with other partners. Together, we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final grants.
The Fund will not be able to provide grants to individuals. However, it will support community-based organizations that have experience providing essential services and support to local residents.
This pandemic is a new challenge for us, but the community spirit required in response is not. United Way is uniquely positioned to understand and lead community mobilization. We’ve been responding to society’s most pressing problems since 1922, and we’re up for the challenge.
Although social distancing separates us physically, we are still as connected to each other as ever. And we still have the power—as we did in days of old—to come together in hope and in generosity, to act when duty calls, to give with open hands and an open heart.
Donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund today.