In total, fifty-seven human service agencies serving 896,859 individuals and 333,364 families in desperate need throughout the Suncoast have been awarded more than $1.2 million in emergency funding from the United Way Suncoast COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund just over the last month.
TAMPA, FL – May 11, 2020 – United Way Suncoast launched the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund in March with an initial commitment of $250,000 to provide immediate emergency support to those most vulnerable to the economic and basic needs issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding it. Thanks to our community uniting together, it has grown to over $1,500,000 and continues to grow. 100% OF THE FUND GOES DIRECTLY TO HELPING THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY IMPACTED BY COVID-19.
With thousands across the Suncoast region out of work and struggling to access benefits from an overwhelmed system, members of our community need immediate help with access to food, emergency assistance, and other critical needs.
Human services agencies from throughout the five-county footprint of United Way Suncoast continue to apply for funding to help support individuals and families dealing with financial hardships caused by coronavirus and the need only continues to grow.
The first round of funding resulted in $322,094 being distributed to 14 human services agencies who serve 334,889 people, infants to seniors, in 194,407 households. The second round of funding totaling $545,055 was distributed to 23 human services agencies and now the third round of funding in the amount of $396,250 to 20 additional human services agencies brings the total individuals being served to 896,859 in more than 333,364 families. The funds will support housing/shelter, food, childcare for first responders and essential workers, financial stability and mental health services. So far $1,263,399 has been distributed to 57 human services agencies and round four of additional funding to more human services agencies is quickly moving forward.
“United Way Suncoast, our donors, and volunteers are continuing to work hard to serve our community at a time of greatest need. Our region’s business community and many generous individuals have contributed to our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to ensure that we have the immediate resources to support the most vulnerable in our community. 100% of the fund goes directly to helping those in our community impacted by COVID-19.” says United Way CEO Jessica Muroff.
About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, helping adults achieve long-term financial stability and activating caring individuals through volunteerism. We are proud to serve the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community.