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United Way of the Capital Region COVID-19 Response

United Way of the Capital Region COVID-19 Response

During times of uncertainty, our community comes together to support each other. This has been United Way of the Capital Region’s way of work for nearly 100 years. While, COVID-19 is a new test of our collective strength, we know we can – and will – overcome this challenging time by working together because LIVE UNITED is not about a tagline, it’s a reflection of who we are as a community.

Over the past several days, we’ve received calls and emails from donors and volunteers asking how they can help, as well as messages from community members in need of services. Here is a compilation of resources and giving and volunteering opportunities to date. Please know this is fluid. We will update this information as needs change in our community.

Do You Need Help? – Call 211

211 is a non-emergency line that connects individuals directly to programs and services based on areas of need. Individuals can also access 211 online at uwp.org/211gethelp/.

Are You an Essential Worker Needing Child Care?

Certain child care providers are open to serve essential workers such as health care personnel and first responders. Click on the button below for a list of these sites.

Do You Want to Give?

Options to Give Locally, Regionally and Nationally

GIVE LOCALLY
United Way of the Capital Region’s COVID-19 Basic Needs Fund supports trusted United Way partners that provide food, clothing and shelter services in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Click on the button below to make a credit card donation to United Way of the Capital Region’s COVID-19 Basic Needs Fund.

To donate via check, fill out the check payment form and mail it to United Way of the Capital Region.

If you have questions regarding the fund, view the United Way of the Capital Region’s COVID-19 Basic Needs Fund Q&A sheet.

GIVE REGIONALLY
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is partnering with local United Ways to raise funds to support nonprofit organizations serving our most vulnerable community members in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry and Northern York counties. Click on the button below to donate to TFEC’s COVID-19 Fund.

GIVE NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
COVID-19 has and will continue to have a devasting impact throughout our country and world. To support national and international efforts click on the button below to donate to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

Do You Want to Volunteer?

Please reach out directly with the contacts at each organization. All organization listed below adhere to CDC-recommended cleaning and sanitary precautions.

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Contact: Chris Grey, Volunteer Manager, at [email protected] or visit centralpafoodbank.org.
Need: Volunteer group sizes limited to 10 people or less to pack Crisis Response Boxes. Accommodations have been made to spread out the volunteer space and adhere to CDC-recommended cleaning and sanitary precautions.

American Red Cross
Contact: Laura Hughes at [email protected].
Need: There is a severe shortage of blood. If your organization is willing to host location for a community American Red Cross blood drive, please contact Laura.

New Hope Ministries
Contact: Visit nhm-pa.org/ or call 717.432.2087.
Need: New Hope needs volunteers to pack and carry food. Home deliveries may soon be necessary. Public interactions will be limited.

Harrisburg School District
Contact: Ruth Rivera at [email protected].
Need: Family food box distribution every Tuesday and Friday. Packing boxes: noon – 3 p.m. Distributing boxes: 3-6 p.m. Distribution locations are: Foose School, Rowland Academy, John Harris Campus, Cougar Academy at the Lincoln Administration Building, Downey School and Ben Franklin School.

CONTACT Helpline, Inc. – Information and referral services
Contact: Kelly Gollick at [email protected]
Need: CONTACT Helpline helps run 211, an informational and referral service to connect individuals with resources in the community. This is a non-emergency number. Based on the increase in calls, the organization is looking for volunteers to handle calls. Volunteers can quickly be trained and can take calls from home. To volunteer, you must have a computer, internet and appropriate headsets at home (device to talk while using cloud phones. This can be a gaming headset or even earbuds).

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