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United Way of Greater Cincinnati Contributing $500K to COVID-19 Relief

UWGC will donate $500,000 to an emergency community fund to help the Greater Cincinnati area cope with COVID-19 fallout.
March 15, 2020

CINCINNATI, Ohio — United Way of Greater Cincinnati offered relief and assistance to its partner agencies Friday and will donate $500,000 to an emergency community fund to help the Greater Cincinnati area cope with COVID-19 fallout.

United Way notified its 140 partner agencies Friday that it would advance one month’s allocation and be flexible with 2020 accountability requirements so agencies are able to respond to immediate needs related to the coronavirus. In addition, the agency is expanding a communication repository through its Mobilize platform to allow for direct communication of partner needs and opportunities. Mobilize is an online and mobile app social-media platform (a bit like a closed-group Facebook) to connect colleagues across agencies and share information on special responses, agency needs and resources.

“United Way is in a unique position to act as a unifier in a time of crisis,” said Moira Weir, the newly appointed President/CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati, who was to take the helm on March 23, but has already started due to the crisis. “With 140 local United Way agencies, our network is playing key roles in all areas of the COVID-19 response. These are the boots on the ground who are making a daily difference in the lives of people throughout this community. We are determined to support them in all ways possible so they can focus on this important work.”

United Way is also contributing $500,000 to an emergency community fund that will support relief efforts.

“With 27 years of experience working with children and families in our community, I know the type of needs that arise in a situation like this: food, child care, housing assistance and much more,” Weir said. “This is our community. It is where our friends and family live. United Way will be at the center of any effort to respond and revitalize.”

Weir said the agency is working with it partner agencies and other key community institutions to address needs as they rise. She expects United Way to infuse additional resources and expand its role as needed.

“This is going to be a long-term effort,” she said. “Our role is to rally and unify the resources. Greater Cincinnatians are a proud and resilient group. We will get through this together.”

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