COVID Response Fund

What is the COVID Community Response Fund?

The COVID Community Response Fund was created by the United Ways of Utah to address the economic, mental health and educational effects from the pandemic.

Donations to this fund provide flexible resources to organizations who respond to the urgent and long-term needs of the community relating to:
Basic needs like housing, utility, and food assistance
Physical and mental health
Educational home-centered programs to assist parents and families

Funds Raised

The funds raised for Utah County total over $175,000

How is the Fund’s Use Determined?

United Way works with trusted partner organizations to serve individuals and families whose finances, health, and education have been impacted by the pandemic.

United Way is using data from 211 callers and other community assessments to continue to determine the greatest needs now and in the future as our community recovers. Even after the pandemic wanes, it will take time for people to recover and get back on their feet. United Way of Utah County and our partner agencies will continue to help our local community stay strong.

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

United Way of Utah County’s COVID Community Response Fund is not currently accepting applications for funding from other nonprofits and is not distributed to individuals.

Fund Distribution to Partner Organizations and Programs

Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank

Expanded rent assistance programs to ensure safe housing
Recreation and Habilitation Services (RAH)

Recreation and Habilitation Services (RAH)

Helped cover basic needs and provide support for adults with intellectual disabilities, many of whom may have a higher risk of contracting illness and having additional complications
Alpine House

Alpine House

Provided food and safe housing for adults with mental illnesses, many of whom may have a higher risk of contracting illness and having additional complications
211 Utah

211 Utah

Helped individuals find local resources to meet their basic needs. Funding expanded 211 outreach, phone calls, website, and app services throughout Utah County and more rural areas of southern and central Utah so more people can find the help available.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Transitioned tax assistance clinics to an online format and extended until July so families can file their taxes for free safely. VITA helps families with their taxes so they can receive tax refunds through the Earned Income Tax Credit and update their records for the Economic Impact Payments, which can be critical income during this hard economic time.
Volunteer Care Clinic

Volunteer Care Clinic

Offers affordable healthcare to low-income and uninsured patients. Funds allow programs to continue running while maintaining the health and safety of patients and medical staff.
Community Health Connect

Community Health Connect

Offers affordable healthcare to low-income and uninsured patients. Funds allow programs to continue running while maintaining the health and safety of patients and medical staff.
Family Support & Treatment Center

Family Support & Treatment Center

Helped fund and expand mental health services like telehealth therapy sessions to provide ongoing and necessary support for current and new clients and their families during a particularly difficult time.
South Franklin Community Center

South Franklin Community Center

Utah County Crisis Line

Utah County Crisis Line

Provide support on the phone for individuals who are in crisis and connect them to additional resources where necessary.
Volunteer Care Clinic

Volunteer Care Clinic

Helped the clinic secure personal protection equipment for volunteer doctors, nurses and staff as they will continue to provide basic healthcare services for low-income families in Utah County.
Centro Hispano

Centro Hispano

Provided additional outreach in the Hispanic and other minority communities to improve COVID-19 education and testing and help individuals and families find available resources for their immediate and long-term needs.
EveryDay Strong

EveryDay Strong

Support parents who are at home with their kids in how to cope with their kids’ mental health challenges by providing free, online training and digital resilience handbooks.
EveryDay Learners

EveryDay Learners

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