United Way of Dane County

COVID-19 Response

Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund

Give to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund to support those affected by COVID-19. 100% of the fund will be invested back into the community – United Way will not collect administrative support through this effort.

To Donate by Mail:
United Way of Dane County
COVID-19 FUND
PO Box 7548
Madison, WI 53707-7548
Make check payable to United Way of Dane County

We are grateful to community members for generously responding to our call for support during this challenging time!

Dane County needs volunteers to help
in this time of need. You can volunteer
safely and make a difference today!

Does your group or organization
qualify for relief funding?
Learn more and apply here.

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United Way of Dane County COVID-19 Communication Updates

Check here for updates on United Way of Dane County’s COVID-19 response. 

United Way of Dane County COVID-19 Update

Just last night our 211 staff took a call from a woman who lives far from her elderly mother and wanted to make sure she had access to food. Her mom isn’t very proactive when it comes to making meals, and the woman was worried she would go hungry since she can’t leave the house. 211 staff connected the woman with meals-on-wheels and grocery delivery options in our area, and she left the call feeling very hopeful.

This is just one of the hundreds of calls our 211 staff are receiving each day during the COVID-19 crisis. Beyond our 211 response at the front lines, dozens of other United Way staff have been gathering resources for our Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, refining our application and timeline for distribution of those dollars, and *safely mobilizing volunteers. We are all in this together during this challenging and uncertain time, and we could not do this without your support.

Here are a few updates to close out the week:

1. More than 840 donors have invested more than $1.4M dollars in the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, and thanks to your generosity, that number keeps going up. Click here to view a list of those who made leadership gifts of $10,000 or more.

To make a gift to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/help4covid or text “help4covid” to 40403.

2. $425,000 from the fund are being distributed by our partners at Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Selfless Ambition. The balance of the total fund and all future investments are available for organizations to apply for starting today. The priorities to receive funding are:
• Eviction/homelessness prevention
• Food/meals for older adults and children
• Flex fund (flexible dollars to respond to other crises that individuals, families or nonprofits experience)

United Way is accepting applications now through April 3. A volunteer committee of community, business and grassroots leaders will review applications and announce funding decisions the week of April 20. To apply for funding, click here.

3. We are actively recruiting volunteers to assist in Dane County’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Local government has deemed volunteers “essential” and we continue to offer volunteer opportunities while keeping your safety our #1 priority. Help now by visiting www.unitedwaydanecounty.org.

Thank you for all you are doing to ease the suffering of others during this difficult time. I know our community will emerge stronger as a result of your efforts.

With gratitude,

Renee Moe
President & CEO,
United Way of Dane County

P.S. Please forward to colleagues, friends, neighbors or groups who may be interested in helping with local COVID-19 response!

Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund Announcement

Madison, WI (March 20, 2020) – As Dane County faces one of the biggest public health crises in its history — businesses reducing workforce or closing leaving some without incomes, school closings leaving parents searching for childcare, food and housing services bracing for new complexities in their work, and health care workers preparing for a spike in patients — leaders in our community are taking action.

Today United Way of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Selfless Ambition and other area organizations announced a collaborative effort to provide financial relief for those hit hardest by the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Community members and businesses have already raised more than $885,500 for the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.

Funds will be split into two approaches:
1. Short-term emergency, focused on individual and families’ immediate needs. This fund is operated by Boys & Girls Club and Selfless Ambition and fundraising closes on March 20. Grant decisions will be made by May 15 and will be directed to:
• Medical supplies for those impacted by this virus
• Meals for kids due to school closures
• Local shelters as they assist families and individuals
• College students in need of temporary housing and meals
• Senior citizens in need of meals, transportation and medical assistance
• Hardship funding for nonprofits for individuals and families

2. Long-term response and recovery, focused on providing resources to nonprofits, individuals and families. This fund is operated by United Way of Dane County and will remain open for the foreseeable future. This fund is focused on:
• Food/meals for older adults and children
• Eviction prevention
• Homelessness prevention
• Flex fund (flexible dollars to respond to other crises that individuals, families or nonprofits experience)
Long-term recovery needs will continue to be assessed as more data about the impact of the crisis become available.

No administrative costs are being charged for either fund. An independent group of community, business and grassroots leaders will determine disbursements. More information can be found here.

We are grateful for the support of the hundreds of donors and businesses who have contributed to the fund so far. Lead gifts to the combined effort include the following:
$100,000 Dan and Patti Rashke TASC Family Foundation
$100,000 Madison Gas & Electric Foundation
$100,000 UW Credit Union
$ 75,000 Ascendium Education Group
$ 50,000 Kevin and Sheila Conroy
$ 50,000 Bob and Anne Trunzo
$ 50,000 Jim and Jessica Yehle
$ 50,000 John and Jo Ellen McKenzie
$ 50,000 American Family Insurance
$ 50,000 UW Health, UnityPoint Health–Meriter and Quartz
$ 50,000 Madison Teachers Inc.
$ 42,500 Alliant Energy
$ 30,000 Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital –
Madison, UnityPoint Health – Meriter and UW Health
$ 25,000 GE Healthcare
$ 25,000 Meicher Family Foundation
$ 38,000 from individuals and families in gifts of all sizes

United Way of Dane County is also actively recruiting volunteers to assist in COVID-19-related efforts. At Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s request, we are working to connect any healthy person willing to help agencies with volunteer power and material donations, for example volunteer matching EPIC employees with Meals on Wheels or TASC employees donating masks to Porchlight. Volunteerism priorities are:
• Food delivery
• Childcare for emergency care workers
• Temporary housing and food pantry staffing support
• Temporary housing and food pantry donations
Help now with safe volunteer opportunities and material donation needs specific to COVID-19 relief at www.volunteeryourtime.org.

We are committed to the care of our community and each other, and we always emerge stronger than before. Together, we are The Power of Many. Working for All.

To make a gift to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/help4covid or text “help4covid” to 40403.

United Way is actively engaged in our community’s response to COVID-19. Here are a few updates we want you to be aware of as we start out the week:

Effectively immediately, our building located at 2059 Atwood Avenue is closed to the public in an effort to help prevent the spread of the virus. We anticipate a reopen date of April 6, but that date may be adjusted as more information becomes available. All volunteer and partner meetings will occur virtually.

We are working with nonprofit, government, faith and business stakeholders to develop a coordinated emergency response fund, collaborating with the Boys and Girls Club and Selfless Ambition fund that went live last week. This week we are evaluating stakeholder needs, understanding what federal funds might be available, and determining a transparent, effective and timely process for funds distribution. You can make a donation here in the meantime.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has asked United Way to aggregate and organize volunteer opportunities that arise in the wake of this public health threat. If you know of any organizations or grassroots efforts recruiting volunteers, please connect them with Morghan Vélez (morghan.velez@uwdc.org). We will post volunteer opportunities to volunteeryourtime.org as they become available.

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram (@unitedwaydaneco), LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest information on this dynamic situation.

We expect to formally announce this coordinated fund and how to safely volunteer on Friday, March 20. Our intent is to match critical needs with those who want to help to best deploy community resources and increase positive outcomes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly and as we learn more about this pandemic United Way of Dane County is uniting the community to respond to this public health emergency. 

United Way is working with Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Selfless Ambition, other nonprofits, businesses, public health, Dane County, City of Madison, Madison’s Schools (MMSD), Chambers and others to develop a coordinated emergency response fund for our community.

This week we are evaluating needs, understanding what federal funds might be available, and determining a transparent, effective and timely process for funds distribution. 

We expect to formally announce this collective fund on Friday, March 20.

If your organization is starting fundraising efforts and want to be included in this comprehensive approach, please email Sandy Erickson (sandy.erickson@uwdc.org) in order to better coordinate our efforts. 

The Power of Many. Working for All.

As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe and in the U.S., I want to let you know what United Way of Dane County is doing to respond to this public health emergency.

First and foremost, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, agency partners and the communities in which we live and work — especially the families we fight for every day.

Our internal team is assessing the situation daily, remaining vigilant, and following all recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authorities. Our 211 information and referral service is preparing for increased call volume due to the pandemic.

Please be assured that while we remain focused on the health and safety of our staff and those around us, we also are focused on providing continued service to the community. We are taking steps to ensure we can continue to deliver the same high level of quality and engagement internally and externally during these unique circumstances.

Agency partners: Please keep us informed of any program challenges that may result from this emergency. Our team is here to help and will continue reaching out. To accommodate our partners who are necessarily spending time planning related to the virus, we are moving the reporting deadline for annual reports to April 15th.

United Way committee volunteers: Your United Way staff liaison will contact you via email as soon as possible with next steps regarding your upcoming scheduled meetings.

Donors and partner businesses: We anticipate needs for employment, housing and health care, and we appreciate your continued investment to support those who are losing income, dealing with health challenges, managing caregiving and more. Our neighbors need our support now more than ever.

In line with CDC recommendations, we are evaluating our options for our upcoming events, including our Community Volunteer Awards on April 28. We will be posting updates to our events webpage regularly and will also communicate updates via email. 

As we navigate this time of uncertainty together, I want to reaffirm The Power of Many. Working for All. I hope that you and your loved ones are well, and we are here if you need us.

Renee Moe, 
President & CEO 
United Way of Dane County