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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.
United Way steps up whenever our communities need us. All over the world, United Way is connecting people to resources and up-to-date, accurate information. We've always been focused on the underlying social problems, and those problems are magnified now. When shuttered schools mean children from low-wage families may not be eating enough healthy meals, United Way is stepping up. When food pantries are overwhelmed, partially because people who used to donate are now in need of food, United Way is stepping up. And when people who’ve lost hours or jobs need help getting by, United Way connects them to available local resources.
There is no other network with a similar pulse on people's needs. In the U.S., calls to 211 for help have increased 200-400% due to COVID-19. The need is shifting from coronavirus information to requests for essentials like food, financial assistance and housing. The 211 network is answering more than 75,000 calls per day (compared to the typical 35,000), and communicating with more than 300,000 people by text. At the current rate, 211 will handle as many requests for help in 6 months as we expect in an average year. The need is not lessening.
You can choose to donate to communities most in need internationally or in the U.S. Together, we can make sure the most vulnerable are protected.