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Monadnock United Way establishes COVID-19 Relief Fund

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/19/2020 2:09:23 PM
Modified: 3/19/2020 2:09:13 PM

In response to changing needs due to the closing of schools and effects on the economy, the Monadnock United Way has established a fund to support local agencies to help families through these difficult times.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund was established on Tuesday morning and had already raised more than $6,500 by Wednesday evening.

“The purpose of the fund is so our partners and nonprofits in the region can deliver relief to people in the region who need it,” said Monadnock United Way President Liz LaRose.

As of Wednesday evening, LaRose said that four collectives in the region – the Monadnock Food Pantries Collective, the Monadnock Region Afterschool Collective, the Cheshire County Emergency Housing Collaborative and the Monadnock Home Visiting Alliance, as well as six early childhood education centers and the Southwestern Community Services - WIC Dental Program – had signed up to receive funds. LaRose said the list is evolving as agencies determine their needs.

“We understand that all businesses and nonprofits could have an issue with cash flow,” LaRose said. “And we expect that list to grow day by day.”

LaRose said the plan is to distribute equal portions each week so that needs can continue to be met.

She said the discussions of how to help began last week and “we determined the best thing to do was to stop all our other work and focus on helping the community.”

Right now, LaRose said the expectation is for funds to be distributed to the agencies the Monadnock United Way works with, but that could change as needs arise and other groups seek help.

“The programs and nonprofits around the region do amazing work and at a time like this they’re needed even more,” LaRose said.

LaRose said that on Thursday they were rolling out a challenge match from donors and that means individual donations will go a lot further. The United Way Board of Directors also voted to cover all bank and administration fees so that “all funds go back into the community,” LaRose said.

LaRose said that in just one week, 211, now the state call-in line for COVID-19, has seen a rise in daily calls from 123 to 1,700, and the number is growing every day. The United Way agencies across the state manage the call-in line and are now being supported by state emergency personnel.

“It’s super important for people to have the opportunity to talk to people,” LaRose said.

LaRose added that the fund is ongoing.

“We will be keeping this open as long as the community needs it,” she said.

For more information, to donate or to see a list of needs, visit www.muw.org/covid-19-relief-fund.


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