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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

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Our work continues to focus on supporting our community in both the response to and recovery from COVID-19. Donate today to support the ever-changing and most pressing needs, right here in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. 

Harrisonburg-Rockingham COVID-19 Community Response fund

In partnership with The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg-Rockingham, we have distributed more than $600,000 in grants to local organizations seeking to meet the most pressing needs. Click here for a full list and update on the fund activity. 

OUR RESPONSE

The conversation is moving from how we take care of ourselves, our family and friends to how can we help the most vulnerable among us. As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, we are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of Coronavirus in our region, and many people may be wondering what we can do to minimize the impact of the outbreak and the role United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

We encourage everyone to read these recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for yourselves and others.

We are working on contingency plans and talking with other agencies and partners to prepare a coordinated response to this crisis. We are also preparing to provide coordination of care for those experiencing the effects of closures and missed work, particularly those in the ALICE population.

Our purpose is to be there for our neighbors who need us most, so we’ve decided to step up and lead the response effort. We believe that with our existing relationships with local health departments, human service agencies, and corporate partners, we are uniquely suited to respond to this community need.

When a crisis like this hits our community, our hardest hit neighbors are those already struggling to make ends meet – we call them ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. They are working hard, many of them in hourly jobs with no benefits, but their financial stability can be severely impacted by one crisis – like a missed paycheck. Even if only a small number of individuals contract the virus, if schools, public facilities, events, etc. are shutdown, the impacts on our community will be significant. 

Need Assistance?

We are constantly updating our resource list as we find and hear of new information and programs. If you know of one you'd like to add, please contact Rachel Springer at rachel.springer@uwhr.org

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