United Way's Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
In a community where the conversation around the implications of COVID-19 continues, we are reminded of our collective responsibility to our families, colleagues, neighbors and all community members. As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of our community, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking steps to minimize the impact of an outbreak.
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We encourage everyone to read and follow the recommendations from health professionals and local government to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection for yourselves and others. Below are links to reputable resources.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, dial 211. The 211 helpline provides health & human service referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has the most up to date information on available resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also visit their website, www.211wny.org.
Are you healthy and able to volunteer? Visit VolunteerWNY.org to sign up for alerts on available volunteer opportunities that address the COVID-19 pandemic.
RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS
The WNY Nonprofit Support Group has put together a comprehensive list of resources to help nonprofits navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. They are continually updating the list with new resources. You can find the full list here - Resources to Address the Impact of COVID-19
To address the most critical needs in our community, over 20 local philanthropic organizations are collaborating to create and support the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund in partnership with United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund is an opportunity to assist those who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19. By pooling funds and encouraging additional support, we can help essential organizations with funding designed to complement public sector funds. And we need your help.
Visit www.uwbec.org/covidfund to learn more and make a donation today.
Our top priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers, and partners. We have taken the following precautionary steps:
- Created a contingency plan for business continuity that includes remote work alternatives
- Canceled and/or postponed all business-related out of town travel
- Encourage employees to follow guidelines determined by the CDC and health professionals regarding personal travel
- Temporarily revised our policy to restrict the number of external (non-United Way) meetings that occur at our building until April 30, 2020
- Engaged in discussions on advocacy issues that could result in mandate relief for the not-for-profit sector in partnership with UW Worldwide, state and federal entities, as well as other key stakeholders
- Launched a regional online COVID-19 fundraising portal. Individuals and companies will be able to make charitable gifts that stay in our community and benefit the needs of those most at-risk. A committee has been established to identify how those resources will be allocated;
Lead the administration of a regional nonprofit survey on behalf of the philanthropic community within WNY.