UPDATED March 27, 2020:
COVID-19 is top of mind for all of us. As your local United Way, we are continuing to share with you the latest information regarding our response.
United Way of Greater Waterbury is staying on top of the situation and is fully operational supporting our non-profit partners and working with appropriate officials to ensure our community's health and safety. We convened our partner agencies along with local medical professionals, volunteer leadership and the City of Waterbury for an online virtual meeting to ensure everyone is up to date on the latest resources available and to ensure all parties have the support they need as we continue to respond to the fluid situation.
We have developed and invested in a joint fund with the Connecticut Community Foundation to meet the needs of local agencies who are helping those in need and our community. There is an opportunity for individuals and companies to contribute to the fund. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about donating to the fund and for information on requesting support for your organization.
Above all, please take all necessary precautions to ensure you, your family and co-workers are well. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.
In addition we have joined with our fellow Connecticut United Ways across the state in a statewide response to help those financially affected by the Pandemic. Together, we have created the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund (Fund). The Fund is working in tandem with other philanthropic efforts being coordinated statewide. It will rapidly deploy financial resources to individuals and families economically affected by the pandemic, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours. In the coming days the Fund will identify the priority population who will be eligible for assistance.
The Fund is launching with $100,000 in seed money from the Aetna Foundation.
"We want to support people in the communities we serve by ensuring they have access to basic needs during this uncertain time," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of CSR and Philanthropy for CVS Health. "Through this donation to the Connecticut United Ways, we hope to provide access to food and financial support resources to help those most in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."
The Fund will be used is to help individuals and families that United Way calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). These are our hard-working neighbors who already live paycheck to paycheck. Many of them provide crucial services in our community-such as caring for our children and elderly parents. Without a financial cushion, they are particularly vulnerable to the rapidly changing scenario our country now faces. United Way expects that the number of individuals and families in the state that fall into the ALICE income threshold will grow as the crisis continues.
Connecticut United Ways hope to mobilize a response quickly to get money to individuals who most need it to pay for food, utilities, and other basic necessities. CLICK HERE for additional information.
Connecticut Residents Can Call 2-1-1 or text CTCOVID to 898211
City of Waterbury Residents Can Access a Local Hotline by Dialing 3-1-1
Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211.
Answers to many of the questions people may have can already be found by visiting the state's coronavirus information website at ct.gov/coronavirus. People are encouraged to review that website for answers to their questions first before calling the hotline.
This information hotline is only intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.
"We understand people have specific questions but we want to stress that this call center is only intended for general information. Anyone looking for specific medical advice regarding symptoms they may be experiencing is strongly urged to seek medical treatment," Governor Lamont said.
For Waterbury residents, the City has opened another emergency line: 3-1-1. You can also visit the City's website for the latest local updates.
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. The National Association of School Psychologists offers some help. Click Here to Learn More
United Way of Greater Waterbury is staying on top of the situation and is fully operational supporting our non-profit partners and working with appropriate officials to ensure our community's health and safety.
The United Way 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day. Multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access for those with a hearing impairment is also available.