Over the last several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased cases and widespread closures of businesses, schools, and nonprofits creating increasingly dire economic consequences for local families. United Ways across the state of Connecticut are joining forces to respond the needs of Connecticut and its residents. Through local and statewide efforts, Connecticut’s United Way network is working with government, businesses, their community nonprofits and other philanthropic efforts.
United We Fight. United We Win!
Statewide Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund
Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 fund is working in tandem with other philanthropic efforts being coordinated statewide. It will rapidly deploy financial resources to individuals and families economically affected by the pandemic, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours.
The Fund will be used is to help individuals and families that United Way calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). These are our hard-working neighbors who already live paycheck to paycheck. ALICE provide crucial services in our community—such as caring for our children and elderly parents. Without a financial cushion, ALICE households are particularly vulnerable to the rapidly changing scenario our country now faces. United Way expects that the number of individuals and families in the state that fall into the ALICE income threshold will grow as the crisis continues.
To Donate Visit: www.CTUWCovid19ResponseFund.org.
Learn more about Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Fund Distribution Process
The process for distributing dollars from the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund enables those in need to obtain funds through a mobile wallet in their smartphones. This helps to adhere to social distancing requirements while getting funds to those most in need during this crisis.
Click HERE for more details.
Local United Way COVID-19 Response Funds
Many United Ways across the state have set-up their own local funds to support people in the communities they serve in the short and long-term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are primarily focused on food, emergency response, and childcare.
- These funds are hyperlocal, serving residents in the respective United Way’s service area.
- Funds will be awarded to nonprofit, school and municipal partners for specific programs and services as identified by United Way based on needs of those served.
- Local United Ways will donate a portion of funds raised to the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund which is providing direct monetary support to individuals affected by the pandemic.
Local United Way COVID-19 Response Fund Details
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Neighbors in Need Fund
Our Neighbors in Need fund will assist individuals and families in central and northeastern Connecticut with food; emergency assistance; and, childcare. A portion of the funds we raise will also support statewide efforts for food and emergency assistance through the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaboration among local United Ways. As this pandemic continues to evolve, so too will the needs of our community. Both funds will allow for flexibility in meeting those needs.
Please consider a gift to United Way Neighbors in Need. Click HERE.
United Way of Coastal Fairfield County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program
The threats to our community and our health posed by the Coronavirus demand immediate action. Our neighbors–especially first responders, working families, and out-of-school children–need our urgent help. Through our Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, we can bring help and hope to those who need it most.
Click HERE to learn more.
United Way of Greater New Haven- Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund
The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund, a partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, will fund non-profits in our region to ensure people have access to food, housing, emergency assistance, and health services. By providing organizations on the front lines with additional financial support that can be deployed quickly, we are doing our part to keep pace with the growing need.
Click HERE to learn more.
United Way of Greater Waterbury COVID-19 Response Fund
Side by side Connecticut Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Waterbury have joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund. The new fund is designed to be flexible and nimble in action to support trusted, frontline community organizations that meet the basic needs of local residents in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. The fund’s purpose is to complement the work of local officials and expand capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible through the nonprofit sector. We believe nonprofit agencies will face financial disruption, putting pressure on operating budgets, and compromising their ability to serve vulnerable populations.
United Way of Greater Waterbury and Connecticut Community Foundation will jointly administer requests for funding. Given the dynamic nature of this moment, requests for funding will be considered and released on a rolling basis. Several grants have already been approved and are at work making a difference in our community.
To learn more click HERE.
Greenwich United Way COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
This has been established to be used for the relief of economic hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis to agencies located in Greenwich providing aid, assistance and relief to Greenwich residents. The new Fund will rapidly deploy resources to trusted, front line community organizations that meet the basic needs of Greenwich. This includes low-income individuals without health insurance and/or access to sick days; immigrants; persons with disabilities; among others.The Fund’s purpose is to help alleviate the social and economic consequences of this global pandemic and to prevent the widening of disparities in education, employment, housing, and health.
To donate to the fund click HERE,
United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls COVID-19 Response Fund
The United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to support members of our community impacted by the coronavirus and social distancing efforts. Funds will be used provide direct assistance to residents and to support programs designed to meet the basic needs of local community. Residents of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls will be able to apply for aid via the Naugatuck Emergency Assistance Program and the United Way will provide assistance for qualified applicants. Funds may be used for housing, food, childcare and other basic needs as outlined by the United Way.
Now more than ever we need to come together to support our friends and neighbors. Please share our fundraiser to raise awareness and consider giving if you’re able. Click HERE to learn more or donate.
United Way of Western Connecticut ALICE Emergency Fund
Struggling ALICE families will receive $20 in free, fresh produce weekly through United Way of Western Connecticut’s ALICE Emergency Fund. The benefit will be available for six weeks, beginning March 30 (doubling the previous benefit). In addition, through this program, they can receive $50 or more in discounts on other healthy food items, such as milk, eggs, and wholegrain breads. Depending on the level of donations, United Way will enroll new households in the program, and/or expand support beyond food security to include other basic needs like utilities, gas, etc.
This Fund will serve only residents of United Way of Western Connecticut’s 15 cities and towns: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Stamford, Warren, and Washington. People seeking assistance should call 203-297-6674.
To donate to the fund click HERE.
Valley United Way- Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
In response to the crisis that has arisen from the Coronavirus outbreak, Valley United Way, Valley Community Foundation, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Valley Council for Health & Human Service have come together to establish the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
We are urgently asking you, on behalf of our community, to donate and support this collaborative fund- a true reflection of how the Valley comes together in times of crisis. The Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations that serve the Valley region, especially those who are disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak.
To donate to the fund click HERE
About Connecticut United Ways
Connecticut United Ways advance the common good by creating opportunities for all, with a particular focus on education, income/financial security, health, and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life. We engage people and organizations throughout our communities who bring passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done, and we invite everyone to be part of the change.