On March 23, the United Way of Lamar County opened a COVID-19 Crisis Fund to help those financially impacted by the coronavirus in our community.
Since that time, United Way received $49,837.96 in donations and distributed approximately $49,000 in assistance. Received were two emergency grants given to partner agencies, including a $2000 gift to SafeT for hotel stays when they evacuated their shelter. Another $5000 grant went to Meals on Wheels to help with the influx of new clients.
UWLC also gave direct assistance to individuals and families. United Way has given nearly $13,000 in utility assistance to over 75 families, almost $25,000 in rental service io at least 43 families, and spent over $3500 on hotel stays to those quarantining or facing homelessness. The UWLC purchased 2,500 masks locally and distributed them to all partner agencies who needed them.
Jenny Wilson, Executive Director of the United Way of Lamar County, explains, “we want to thank everyone who donated to this fund and enabled us to help the community in this way. We have seen so many families struggle, and we wish we had the funds to continue to help them. Anyone who would like to donate and keep this fund open can do so on our website at www.lamarcountyuw.org or mail a check to PO Box 1, 75461. Please mark your donation covid-19 crisis fund.”
The United Way of Lamar County is also in the middle of its annual Fall Campaign to raise $500,000 to support its 22 partner agencies and their programs and services. Wilson encourages everyone to join their Campaign to Live United and make a pledge or donation.
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