United Way has established the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a dedicated resource for working families affected by this crisis. UWIRC leaders recognize the potential for economic impact, particularly affecting hospitality and service industry workers, is high. The organizations that serve populations in need every day will find themselves under-resourced and facing growing demand. United Way and our partners are working to identify those critical needs and resource gaps to best determine an appropriate response.
A coalition of philanthropy and business partners has joined together to create the COVID-19 Community Response Fund that will rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this health crisis.
About the COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Hosted by United Way of Indian River, the Community Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak. One-time grants will fund organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience working with under resourced residents (i.e. without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave, healthcare and hospitality workers, among others.) The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity.
The first phase of rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the broader COVID-19 outbreak, the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by COVID-19 related closures, the increased demand for medical information and support, and fear and confusion about the outbreak among our most vulnerable residents. The Fund expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few days. We anticipate that the primary areas of need will include:
- Food/food supplies
- Rental assistance
- Utility payments
- Prescriptions/medical supplies not covered by insurance
- Other Assistance: Assistance is available for households who have critical unmet needs not covered under items listed above, as determined by the Unmet Needs Committee.
The COVID-19 Community Response Fund reserves the right to support other areas of need that develop from the crisis.
United Way of Indian River will administer grants from the Fund and the decision of funding will be determined by an Unmet Needs Committee made up of a cross section of community leaders. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisers, and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as funds are available.
TC Homeless Services Council | (772) 567-7790 | TCHelpSpot.org
Economic Opportunities Council | (772) 562-4177 | EOCofIRC.net
Food Access Assistance
United Against Poverty | (772) 564-9365 | UPIRC.org
TC Food Bank | (772) 489-3034 | StopHunger.org
Food Pantry of IRC | (772) 770-2068 | FoodPantryIRC.org
Pick-up Food Assistance
The Source | (772) 564-0202 | IAmTheSource.org
Salvation Army | (772) 978-0265 | SalvationArmyFlorida.org/VeroBeach
Diapers & Formula Assistance
Buggy Bunch | (772) 226-0467 | TheBuggyBunch.com
CareNet Pregnancy Center | (772) 569-7939 | CareNetIRC.org
- General questions & inquiries contact Michael Kint, CEO, Michael.Kint@UnitedWayIRC.org
- For interested philanthropic and business partners, please contact Meredith Egan, COO, Meredith.Egan@UnitedWayIRC.org
- For media inquiries about United Way’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic, please contact Sarah Tucci, Marketing Director, Sarah.Tucci@UnitedWayIRC.org
- For donors interested in contributing to the Fund, contact Tracey Segal, Campaign Director, Tracey.Segal@UnitedWayIRC.org or go directly to UnitedWayIRC.org/Fund
- For non-profits interested in utilizing funds, contact Meredith Egan, COO, Meredith.Egan@UnitedWayIRC.org
I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, United Way is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. If deemed eligible by partner organizations, checks will be cut directly to landlords, utility companies, etc. not to individuals.
The Fund is supporting community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them here. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you. If you are looking for resources now, please call 211.
I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?
We are so glad that you are interested in donating! Currently, we ask that all gifts remain unrestricted to ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted.
Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.
What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address the both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs, or larger public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.
Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
The COVID-19 Community Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving all Indian River County communities. We are doing this with a recognition that many local nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. We also know that there are many organizations in neighboring counties that have broader footprints, serving Indian River residents.