United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC) launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to assist St. Joseph County, IN in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We received generous contributions, including a $200,000 investment from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, in addition to private foundations and businesses. As a reflection of the generosity and strong sense of community we share, the fund has raised over $4 million dollars.
UWSJC recognized the potential for economic impact would be great as unpaid absence, illness, or job loss related directly or indirectly to the virus would increase childcare needs and the potential risk of not being able to pay housing, utility and food bills due to financial strains.
The Fund allowed not-for-profit partners to obtain additional funding to respond to the short-term, immediate needs of individuals and families that were impacted by COVID-19 as well as the long-term impacts that have yet to be seen.
Organizations that serve populations in need every day found themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for those services. Keeping a strong network of engaged providers is critical to the health of our community services and these funds allowed for resources to adapt and move quickly in response to the evolving needs in subsequent phases of the pandemic.