Connecticut United Ways Create COVID-19 Response Fund

Will Help Those Financially Affected by the Pandemic  

Note: As of September 1, 2020, the Statewide Fund has now closed for donations. Those wanting to help are encourage to donate to similar funds at their local United Way.

United Ways across the state of Connecticut have joined forces to respond to the increasingly dire economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, they have created the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund is working in tandem with other philanthropic efforts being coordinated statewide. It will rapidly deploy financial resources to individuals and families economically affected by the pandemic, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours.  

The Fund will be used is to help individuals and families that United Way calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). These are our hard-working neighbors who already live paycheck to paycheck. Many of them provide crucial services in our community-such as caring for our children and elderly parents. Without a financial cushion, they are particularly vulnerable to the rapidly changing scenario our country now faces.

For questions and information about the Statewide Fund, please contact Scott Umbel, Community Impact Director, at (860) 464-3321 or

Donors to the Statewide Fund will have the option to pay a 3.09% credit card processing fee so that 100% of their donation can go directly to those in need. Connecticut United Ways will not charge any administrative fees on donations to this Fund.

About Connecticut United Ways
Connecticut United Ways advance the common good by creating opportunities for all, with a particular focus on education, income/financial security, health, and basic needs - the building blocks for a good quality of life. We engage people and organizations throughout our communities who bring passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done, and we invite everyone to be part of the change.

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