COVID-19 Relief Efforts


Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center

The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center is at the forefront of helping to end hunger in Southeastern Connecticut. During this time, the Food Center has been particularly stretched but has responded by adding eight new, temporary member agencies to help get food to those in need. In addition the Food Center has increased the number of meals provided to the community by 21% from last year and has organized 160 volunteers to help with our efforts. You can help the Food Center with a donation or by running a food drive to collect nonperishables.

Neighbors For Neighbors Fund

Together with the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut on the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund, we’re working to get flexible resources to local agencies and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 through several rounds of funding to nonprofit organizations adversely affected by the pandemic. Please click here to learn more about Neighbors for Neighbors.

ALICE Relief Fund

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Board of Directors approved funding to help 500 households in the community. Those in need, primarily ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), can receive mobile cards through local social service agencies to help meet expenses. Click here to learn more about our ALICE Relief Fund.

Statewide United Way Fund for Individuals

The Connecticut United Ways Statewide COVID-19 Response Fund worked in tandem with other philanthropic efforts being coordinated statewide to rapidly deploy financial resources to individuals and families economically affected by the pandemic. The Fund helped more than 1,000 households across the state through the distribution of mobile cards for those in need.

Resources for Individuals

We encourage all residents to closely monitor updates and review valuable health and safety resources from the State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control as well as their local health departments. The State of Connecticut has partnered with United Way of Connecticut on an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of COVID-19. People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.

Visit the 2-1-1 website to learn more, including a list of vaccine clinics across the state and assistance in making an appointment. Go to Or dial 2-1-1 and press 'option 5' to talk to someone who can help.