Coronavirus Updates & Resources

We are actively monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from Indian River County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will continue to respond based on the needs of our community. 

For more information about how we're helping the community, please read about our COVID-19 Community Response Fund by clicking the link below. 



We know you are being inundated with messages in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We want you to know that United Way of Indian River County is operating as best we can to maintain business as usual. Community needs don’t disappear in times like these. Due to the impact of COVID-19, our community has an ever growing population in need that will find themselves under-resourced.
We know that 51 percent of Indian River County residents live below poverty or are considered ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). This means that these families will be critically affected as businesses close and ALICE is forced to make difficult decisions.
Additionally, our funded partners capacity to serve a growing demand for services will need support. United Way and our partners are working to identify critical needs and resource gaps and the best approach to respond in appropriate ways.
Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our community, team members, and all who visit United Way of Indian River County.
At this point in time, the United Way Center will remain closed until further notice. This includes the closing of all VITA site locations (FCEP, Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, United Against Poverty, and the United Way Center). To file your taxes online, for free, or request for an extension, please visit our VITA page at  
We invite members of our community to reach out and call 2-1-1, if they need help. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, or the Florida Department of Health at
We know we will get through this as a more connected and caring society. This is a great time for us to be a community even though we are less communal. Help the elderly with errands, check on your friends who must go to work and need child care, simply check on your neighbors about their mental health in this time of uncertainty. Support your local businesses hit hard by loss of revenue, be patient with retail workers. We can find ways to embrace, love and help each other through this by giving what we can. Thank you for all your support and let us know how we can help you as we all navigate this uncertain moment together.
With Kind Regards from the United Way Leadership Team,
Michael Kint                                         
Chief Executive Officer
Meredith Egan
Chief Operating Officer
More information about the novel coronavirus and personal precautions continues below.


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses

If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

    *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. 

How to Protect yourself
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
Take Steps to Protect Others
  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Immediately wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after you cough or sneeze.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick when you are around other people.
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces DAILY. (ex. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks)


Resources & information

United Way of Indian River County is Working to Help You & Our Entire Community.
United Way of Indian River County has launched the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, an emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts to support those in Indian River County who have been affected by this crisis. We are working diligently with our partner agencies across the county to best anticipate the needs and hardships of individuals and businesses. Below we have listed resources for food distribution, financial stability, well-being, and ways for you to get involved. 
I Need Help
211 Helpline
• FREE resource available to you 24/7
• Keep up to date with 211's Coronavirus updates and resources for IRC 
• Call 2-1-1 or visit their website, 
Indian River County Hotline
• Operators are available to take your questions.
• (772) 226-4000
• Visit their website,
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center
• Available 24/7
• (866) 779-6121
IRS Economic Impact Payments
• FAQ about receiving your stimulus check
Have Symptoms? 
• Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital Nurse Triage Line
• (772) 226-4846
• 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily
• After a questionnaire and if the individual meets the criteria, they will be given an appointment to go through their drive-thru testing center. 
I Can Help
Our community is in crisis. We need your help to raise funds for our COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Effective immediately, every donation will directly help those facing hardship as a result of this crisis. Join us in our commitment to serve our neighbors that need our help, now more than ever.
Please consider - 
• Making a donation HERE
• Asking your friends to donate or start a Facebook fundraiser
• Visit for step-by-step instructions 
• Help get the word out - share any of our posts on social media
• Facebook: @UnitedWayIRC
• Instagram: @UnitedWayIRC
Treasure Coast Food Bank*
• For complete list of food assistance programs, please visit
• Call (772) 489-3034
United Against Poverty*
• Member Share Grocery Program
• New Hours: Monday - Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
• (772) 564-9365
• For more information, visit their website at
The Source*
Food Delivery Program
• For details, please call (772) 564-0202
• For more information, visit their website at
Salvation Army*
• Food Pantry
• Continues to serve to-go orders twice a week in Vero Beach and on Monday's at Sebastian United Methodist Church
• For additional details, call (772) 978-0265
Food Pantry of Indian River County*
• Pick-up food assistance
• For details, call (772) 770-2068
Gifford Youth Achievement Center Food Giveaway
• Available items: perishable & non-perishable food, clothing, etc.
• Date: TBD
School District of Indian River County Mobile Cafe 
• View the Mobile Cafe Schedule here
Pet Food Assistance
For the Love of Paws*
• Currently provides over 10,000 lbs of pet food monthly through home delivery and food pantries
• Learn more at
Resources for Seniors
Senior Resource Association*
• Meals on Wheels Delivery service
• For more information call, (772) 569-0760
Indian River County School District
• All schools have been canceled through April 15th. 
• Visit their website,
School District of IRC
At-home Learning Helpline
• Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
• (772) 564-6085
• Student Services Helpline
• (student mental health & wellbeing)
• Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
• (772) 564-6199
The Buggy Bunch*
• Available: Wipes, Formula, Diapers & Household Necessities (Soap, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, etc.)
• If you need these necessities, please make an appointment:
• Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
• Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
• Call (772) 226-0467
• For more information, visit their website
CareNet Pregnancy Center*
• Diapers & Formula Assistance
• (772) 569-7939
Florida Department of Children & Families
• For complete list of services, visit
Healthy Families Florida
• Information Flyer
Utility & Rental Assistance
Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council*
• (772) 567-7790
• For more information, please visit their website at 
Florida Power & Light
• FPL COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Here
• FPL has resources available for customers experiencing financial hardship.
Economic Opportunities Council*
• Assistance with rent, water & sewer bills
• Apply Online - Here
• (772) 562-4177
• For more information, please visit their website at 
Indian River County Utilities
• As of March 12, 2020, the Indian River County Department of Utility Services (IRCDUS) suspended the practice of disconnecting potable water service if a customer's account is past due. 
• To provide financial relief to those utility customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Utilities has temporarily suspended changing any new delinquency charges for water and sewer customers effective Monday, March 30, 2020, through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
• For more information, call (772) 770-5300
• For more information, please visit their website at
IRS - Economic Impact Payments
• What you need to know
United Against Poverty*
• For more information, visit their website at
Veteran Support
The Veterans Council of Indian River County*
• (772) 410-5820
• For more information, please visit their website at
Sebastian Chamber of Commerce
• Call (772) 589-5969
Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
• Call (772) 567-3491
• Small Business Recovery Information here
U.S. County Chamber of Commerce
Save Small Business
• $5,000 - one-time, short-term relief grant to employers with up to 20 employees and must operate in an economically vulnerable community.
• Applications open Monday, April 20th | 3:00 PM 
Florida Disaster
• Florida Businesses are asked to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey online at FloridaDisaster.Biz
Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program
• Governor DeSantis has activated up to $50 million in allocations to the Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program.
Small Business Administration
• U.S. Small Business Administration has guidance & loan resources available at
Small Business Development Center at IRSC
• (772) 462-7651
U.S. Department of Labor
Florida Price Gouging Hotline
• Call (866) 966-7726
BBB - Better Business Bureau
• How to navigate the Coronavirus Crisis
• Visit
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
• Short Time Compensation Program for Employers
Government Benefits
• Your path to government benefits starts here
Xfinity FREE WiFi Hotspots
• Xfinity has made their WiFi Hotspots free for everyone across the county. Subscription not required. 
• Visit for a list of available hotspots. 
Taxes - Tax Day is now July 15th
My Free Taxes
• You can file your taxes online for free at 
IRS - Internal Revenue Service
• If you want to apply for an extension to file your taxes, you must submit to the IRS before July15th, 2020. Get the PDF at 
• Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15th, 2020. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief. 
• Learn more at
Unemployment Eligibility
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
• Visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for more information,
United Against Poverty Indian River County
• United Against Poverty has a computer lab opened for accessibility for those who need to apply for Unemployment or SNAP
• Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
• 1400 27th Street in Vero Beach
• Call (772) 564-9365
These banks are offering Coronavirus financial aid
• Read the article and see the full list here.
Visiting Nurse Association
• Mobile Health Clinic
• Walmart Vero Beach - 5555 20th Street (NW corner parking lot)
• Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
• VNA Mobile Health Clinic is NOT TESTING for Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
• Visit their website,
• Call (772) 567-5551 for additional details
Cleveland Clinic Telehealth Initiative
• Express Care Online
• Make an appointment and meet with a doctor via a virtual visit from your mobile device
• Download the free app on your phone
• Google Play: Cleveland Clinic Express Care Online 
• Apple App Store: Cleveland Clinic Express Care 
• For more information, visit their website at
• Call (772) 567-4311
FREE COVID-19 Screening Tool
Treasure Coast Community Health
• Visit their website,
• Call (866) 779-6121 for more information
Hygiene Product Assisance 
• Visit their website,
• Call (772) 222-7399 for more information
Mental Health
Mental Health Association in Indian River County
• Walk-in & Counseling Center will remain open during normal business hours for same-day mental health screenings, crisis intervention, emergency visits, and new patient evaluations
• Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
• 820 37th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32960
• (772) 569-9788
• Telehealth options are available for current patients
• Peer-run Drop-in Recovery Centers remain open during normal business hours
• For more information, please visit
Mental Health Collaborate of Indian River County
• For more information, please visit
• Call (772) 217-3663
Drug Abuse & Treatment Association Outpatient Program
• Now providing telehealth services in lieu of face to face sessions 
• Norman C. Hayslip Center is open until further notice
• 4590 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
• (855) 839-0787

For the most up-to-date information, please visit:

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at
The Florida Department of Health at
The Florida Department of Health Indian River County at
Florida State Emergency Operations Center at
World Health Organization at 
Indian River County Emergency Management Division at
• Florida Governor Ron DeSantis News Updates
U.S. Congressman Bill Posey News Updates
Government Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 at

Additional Resources:

My Florida Resource Directory
• For more information, please visit
United States Census 2020
• Start the questionnaire here,
Alert Indian River
• Sign up for alert notifications by text, email, or phone.
Sign up here,

* Indicates partner agencies that have received funding from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund