During times of uncertainty and crisis, people come together to support one another. COVID-19 is a test of our collective strength. As millions are on lockdown and businesses are closing, unemployment is spiking. Feeding the kids, making the rent, and keeping the lights on is tougher for many of us than ever before.
United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund supports communities by helping local United Ways respond, and by ensuring people get accurate information. 211, the go-to information resource in the U.S., is fielding 200-400% more calls than normal, mostly for food, financial assistance, and housing.
We expect as many calls for help in the next six months as we usually get in a full year. At the same time, community services are strained and unable to meet demand. People are hurting.
Please be aware that financial assistance related to COVID-19 is not available for individuals everywhere.