What a truly difficult period of time were a living in. While the challenges before us are great, our team at United Way is grateful for and energized by the opportunity to serve and support our community.
Over the past 8 weeks it has been our honor to provide steadfast support to our partner agencies as they continue to do amazing and critical work; to collaborate with community leaders that are working to garner and mobilize resources; and to help connect individuals experiencing increased or new need in our community with resources to help them as they navigate the issues presented by the pandemic. Thank you for your partnership, which allows us to be a part of our community’s response in these ways.
I would like to take this moment to provide a bit more detail on our work as it relates to COVID-19.
- A primary service of United Ways across the country is the provision of a network response hotline: 211. That hotline has received a record number of calls in Nebraska, with over 485 Lincoln and Lancaster County citizens reaching out to the hotline from March 1 – April 12. United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County is also fielding calls from many members of our community and helping connect them to available resources.
- We are truly honored to partner with the City of Lincoln, the Lincoln Community Foundation and other great community partners to support the Lincoln COVID-19 Relief Fund. To date the fund has raised $950,000 and the COVID-19 response team has provided 42 non-profits with $595,000 in grants in just five weeks since the fund launched.
It’s also important for you to know that the very important aspects of our work at United Way continue on, even through the pandemic.
- On March 31, 2020 we finalized the 2019 Campaign. I am pleased to share with you that together we raised $6,745,749. This is a remarkable $18,351 more than we raised in the 2018 Campaign! Thank you to our campaign co-chairs, Bryan and Doris Robertson for their leadership and thanks to each of you for your continued support for the community campaign. As you might imagine, we are turning our attention now to the coming year when our support of our nonprofits is needed as much, if not more than ever.
- Our volunteer impact teams are busy meeting and evaluating our partner agencies’ applications for funding. Amazing work is being done in the areas of Education, Income and Health by these local organizations and it is a very rewarding and difficult task to determine funding awards for the coming two years. We are grateful to our volunteer teams that are working hard to ensure your donations this past year will have the greatest impact possible.
Please know we are enormously grateful for you all. Your gifts of time and resources are providing a backbone of support that is vital for our community’s response.