As coronavirus reverberates across hospitals, offices, schools, and homes, we are reminded of our most basic shared value. We know that all of us depend on each other for a healthy community. The same priority guides our concern for those most economically vulnerable in a pandemic. This includes the families of hospitality, retail and other hourly workers, those experiencing homelessness, and children relying on school for one or more meals each day, among others.
In Humphreys County, almost 3 of every 5 workers lack sufficient savings to withstand a sudden loss in wages. With public events, schools and workplaces shuttering as the pandemic unfolds, hourly, low-wage workers will experience unprecedented financial hardship. The problem is acute for hospitality workers, retail workers, and other hourly workers, many living paycheck to paycheck, with no clear options for recouping lost wages. Additionally across the community, many children rely on federally funded school-based programs for one, two or more meals each day. As schools close, the demand for food assistance will increase for these children and their families.
United Way of Humphreys County (UWHC) has established the COVID-19 Family Support Fund, a dedicated resource for working families affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. This fund will help provide a flexible source of assistance to help families weather the COVID-19 crisis. We will work with our network of nonprofit agencies/organizations throughout the community to help ensure we make the biggest impact to prevent further family and financial disruptions.
We are working with Humphreys County School Nutrition to see how we can help get breakfast and lunch out to the children. Stay tuned for more information as it develops.
In this uncertain time, many nonprofit agencies themselves will face financial disruption. Postponed or cancelled fundraising events, leading to a loss of funding that community-based organizations depend on for their regular program work and operations will put serious pressure on nonprofit operating budgets.
United Way will assist in coordinating fundraising efforts with a broader philanthropic community, including available grants for COVID-19 relief, to ensure that the nonprofit organizations that have been stressed by the crisis have the resources they need to meet the community need. We will move forward towards a brighter future together with everyone’s help.
INQUIRIES ABOUT THE FUND OR HOW TO HELP:
For general questions about the COVID-19 Family Support Fund, please contact the Executive Director at either of the following:
Phone- (931) 296-4588