United Way of Washington County website offering aid and volunteer opportunities during virus spread

Local Coronavirus Coverage

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The United Way of Washington County, Tennessee is encouraging those of you who can to “Give Local to Help Local.”

In addition to fears about COVID-19, many are already suffering with the virus’ impact on the economy.

In response to the virus, the United Way officially launched its online COVID-19 relief fund and is only accepting monetary donations to eliminate contact and to promote social distancing.

The organization is highlighting agencies that are providing direct assistance to people who are or will be affected by COVID-19.

There are 21 partner agencies that will get preference in receiving funds from the relief effort.

These include agencies like: the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Coalition for Kids.

Agencies that are providing the following assistance will be considered:

  1. Food distribution to families with children who may not be getting breakfast and lunch at school
  2. Assistance of any kind to elderly who are unable to leave their home
  3. Welfare checks on families with children and the elderly who may be at risk of neglect or abuse
  4. Emergency needs to homeless and other at risk individuals
  5. Any innovative programs that address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens during this pandemic related to health, financial stability and education

This relief fund will be open until COVID-19 is no longer affecting the community.

Kristen Spear said, “We’re hoping that that’s not a long period of time but we don’t know what the future holds. We do know that this is going to get worse before it gets better. We want to be proactive and take a stance to raise funding, so that those agencies that are battling this directly can worry about combatting the virus, and the outbreak and helping the community, and in the backend be able to support them financially in those efforts.”

Spear, who is the president and CEO of the United Way of Washington County, Tennessee, said 100% of the funds will stay in the county.

Those who need help can register, and those who want to help can find opportunities to serve.

They’re reminding volunteers and agencies to consider their health and safety as well.

The volunteer website is a collaborative effort between all local United Way organizations in the Tri-Cities.

United Way of Washington County, Tennessee said it is constantly updating its volunteer website.

More information about the fund can be found by calling the United Way of Washington County at 423-220-1229 or email lsalling@uwowc.org.

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