Today, Wednesday, April 29th, United Way is partnering with WTOC-TV to host a virtual telethon to raise money for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.
The fund will be used to help families retain stable housing by assisting with rent, mortgage, and utility payments when grace periods are not offered and to provide financial assistance for additional critical needs such as medical expenses and child care.
Additionally, United Way will provide emergency funding to its partner agencies with a demonstrated increase in demand for services due to COVID-19.
THE CHATHAM FOUNDATION
In our four-county region, many of our friends and neighbors are living paycheck to paycheck – with 23.7% of total population in Bryan County, 25% in Chatham, 24.6% in Effingham, and almost 36% in Liberty County considered asset limited, income constrained yet employed. As governments, schools, and businesses respond to public health recommendations to close or limit operation, many people have already or will lose their jobs and will experience extreme financial challenges.
United Way will distribute 100% of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for families to retain stable housing and address essential needs as well as provide emergency funding to its partner agencies. Any funds remaining after the pandemic will be allocated to United Way general emergency relief fund. The emergency relief fund allows the organization to respond immediately to critical, emerging needs like those surrounding a hurricane or natural disaster.