When we added a Community Response Fund to our 2020 budget, we had no idea we would need to implement it so soon.
“We could see we are living in challenging times, but did not expect that our communities would be dealing with a pandemic just months after we established this fund," said Mark Skala, president and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way.
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, it's clear that these funds will be needed in the very short term. The Cape and Islands United Way is working with philanthropy and business partners to be able to get resources to community-based organizations at the front lines, quickly and efficiently.
We could see we are living in challenging times, but did not expect that our communities would be dealing with a pandemic just months after we seeded this fund.
At this point, we are asking those who can to donate to this fund. This generosity will help our most vulnerable families and people access critical information and services like food, shelter and more. 100% of the dollars contributed to this response fund will go directly to local organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to meet the needs of our neighbors, family and friends.
In the last few days, we have already received a few donations from generous supporters.
We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to meet the needs of all of our neighbors, family and friends impacted by this outbreak.
"The emergence and rapid spread of this virus has caused a level of disruption in our lives that none of us could imagine just a short while ago. This crisis is also driving urgent and unexpected needs in communities all across the Cape and Islands as many face financial uncertainty stemming from efforts to contain the virus,” Skala said. “We are mobilizing our resources to provide support where it is most needed.”