United Way of Cullman County and our network of partner agencies and programs are responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic to meet short term, immediate needs, and to address the impact to individuals and families affected by COVID-19. We recognize the potential for economic impact, unpaid absence, illness, or job loss related directly or indirectly to the virus, increased child care needs due to school and child care closures, and the potential risk of not being able to pay housing, utility and food bills due to financial strains. Learn more about our response.
Give TODAY to the Community Response Fund, if you would like to help those affected by the Coronavirus.
United Way’s 2-1-1 Connects is an information and referral center providing details on available resources for Cullman County residents impacted by the pandemic. You can dial 2-1-1 if you wish to talk to a representative by phone or text “HELP” to 888-421-1266. This free, confidential information and referral service is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week also by dialing 888-421-1266.
RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS & PANDEMIC INFORMATION
Information about COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Alabama Public Health: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus....
- COVID-19 in Alabama Map: Alabama Department of Public Health: https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/6d2...
GRANTS FUNDED TO DATE
I’M AN INDIVIDUAL WHO’S BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19. CAN THIS FUND HELP ME?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. We are working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.
While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. Click to view a complete list of organizations we currently fund and the to COVID-19 Grant partner recipients.
I WANT TO DONATE. CAN I RESTRICT MY FUNDING TO A PRIORITIZED GRANTEE?
To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created to provide a coordinated response to our region’s immediate needs.
SHOULD I GIVE TO THIS FUND INSTEAD OF MAKING OTHER DONATIONS?
This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those organizations that had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. United Way of Cullman County is the most efficient way to help the most people in our community. With one donation, you can make the most impact. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time.
WHAT WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE FIRST PHASE OF FUNDING?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs from the outbreak and the longer-term impacts of recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with our partners to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
IS THERE A GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF FOCUS FOR THE FUND?
The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Cullman County. We are doing this with a recognition that many local nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. We are being flexible with our funds to support needs throughout the multiple county region.