As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide challenges to individuals and families, United Way of St. Joseph County is a present force in the community working to provide support and alleviate hardships. Right now, more than ever, it is vital that we come together as a community to be responsive in this time of crisis. Below you can find resources that are available locally to anyone who may be seeking help or looking to give back.
LIVE UNITED, has never meant more than it does today. We are a resilient community who is proving to be responsive and compassionate in a time of uncertainty. Although social distancing separates us physically, we are still as connected to each other as ever. And we still have the power to come together in hope and in generosity, to act when duty calls, to give with open hands and an open heart. Donations will support relief programs and services to help with vital needs. Donate to the United Way of St. Joseph County COVID-19 fund today.
Senator Young has released a Coronavirus Assistance Toolkit to help individuals, small businesses, health care workers, and patients understand the relief measures that are available. The Toolkit provides information in the following areas:
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Dr. Mark Fox, M.D. the Deputy Health Officer of the St. Joseph County Department of Health has put together a number of tips and information regarding COVID-19 which you can view here.
You can also find up to date information regarding COVID-19 data on cases, deaths, and tests here.
The City of South Bend has a web page that connects residents to programs and services provided by local and state government programs, non-profits agencies, service providers, religious institutions, and more.
You can find information regarding At Home Activities, Child Care Support, Donations/Volunteer Needs, Food Support, Workforce Support, and Utility Support.
United Way of St. Joseph County has compiled a list of supported nonprofit agencies that provide emergency services such as: Food Pantry, Rent, Utilities, and emergency Food and Shelter.
The Indiana Food Assistance Map will also connect you to available food resources based on your location. To access this, click here.
United Way of St. Joseph County is committed to connecting residents to prescription savings resources during the Coronavirus pandemic through its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-bring of individuals, families, and communities. Community residents can call FamilyWize for free customer support to help them coordinate prescription medication delivery from participating pharmacies. Residents will also continue to receive savings on medications by using the free FamilyWize prescription program card. To learn more click here.
For those who don’t normally file an IRS tax return, a new web tool will allow millions of people to quickly register for Economic Impact Payments through the federal COVID-19 response effort. Go to www.irs.gov/eip to learn more and confirm your personal information to receive your Economic Impact Payment through direct depost.
While United Way of St. Joseph County is not taking volunteers at this time, many of our agencies are in need of assistance. You can learn more about nonprofits that are looking for volunteers here.
If you are experiencing an immediate financial impact from the COVID-19 Crisis it is important to prioritize your expenses. If you have to choose between which bills to pay, cover the essentials first.
1. Food. If you need help finding food or resources for groceries, check our quick resource list for ideas on who is able to meet your needs, or call 2-1-1 to speak with someone who can help you get connected to the resources available near you.
2. Shelter. Banks and landlords may be able to work with you at this time—don’t be afraid to reach out! You may have heard that evictions and foreclosures are temporarily suspended. That does not mean that you do not have to pay your rent/mortgage. Those bills are still due, and should be a prioritized in order to secure your housing for the long-term. If you need help finding resources or navigating your housing expenses, view our quick resource list here, or call 2-1-1 for help finding programs that can assist you.
3. Utilities. Much like rent and mortgage payments, many utility companies are offering grace-periods for shut-offs in light of the COVID-19 Crisis. These bills should still remain a priority, whether in-part, or in-whole. Contact your utility company to learn about their response programs and how payment can be altered in order to prevent growing balances and future shut-offs after any grace-period ends. If you need help covering your utility costs, you can also view the quick resource list posted here to see which programs are available in our area, or call 2-1-1 for a complete list of available resources.
4. Transportation. While many people are staying home right now, it is still important to maintain the ability to travel to grocery stores, essential work, medical appointments, etc. Whether utilizing a vehicle or public transportation, making sure you maintain your ability to get to essential resources will remain critical now and in the future. If you need assistance with transportation for essential needs, please contact 2-1-1 to speak with someone about available assistance and resources.