United Way's Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(updated 4/3/2020)

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 wee
k 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 available volunteer opportunities that address the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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

If your agency has any on-site/remote volunteer opportunities or in-kind donation requests related to the COVID-19 crisis we ask that you complete this formVolunteer and in-kind needs will be listed on VolunteerWNY.org, where the Western New York community will be able to respond to your organization's needs. We ask that you limit in-kind donation requests at this time to critical need items (masks, non-perishable food, new and unopened toiletry or cleaning items, etc.). Any on-site volunteer opportunities must adhere to CDC guidelines.

Keep your organization's 211 WNY page up to date with current hours and available services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit 211wny.org and search for your organization to update your page. 



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.