United Way tackles effects of COVID-19 on community
We need your help.
The health and safety of our community is a top priority for United Way of Central Florida. We need your support, now more than ever, to help us serve those who will be impacted the worst by COVID-19.
You may have questions about what UWCF is doing to keep the community healthy and how you can help.
We are monitoring the situation closely and staying in regular contact with government agencies charged with protecting the public’s health, health organizations and our community partners.
“United Way funded services like food distribution sites, meal deliveries for the elderly, health screening and many more are still being offered,” said Greta Dupuy, UWCF Board Chair.
“The best way to pitch in and make a difference in someone’s life is to make a donation, no matter the size.”
The citizens who rely on United Way funded services are the same ones who will likely be affected most by the pandemic. Families who are asset-limited, income-constrained, employed (or ALICE) are the core of who we serve. These families live paycheck to paycheck and often are not able to make ends meet, despite holding a job.
With businesses closing, many of the heads of the ALICE households will have to take unpaid time off of work, be laid off, or will not be able to provide childcare while schools are closed.
“The best way to help right now is follow the CDC guidelines, limit your social interactions, and check on those close to you, especially the elderly.,” said Steve Bissonnette, President of Volunteers in Service to the Elderly. “We all need to become volunteers in service to the elderly right now.”
A gift of just $5 or more can help us keep these programs open and even expand as the need grows.
There are also opportunities to volunteer your time with our partner agencies. Click here for a full list of projects that are looking for volunteers.
And for more information on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, click here.