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United Way launches COVID-19 relief fund

ESCANABA — The United Way of Delta County has announced the creation of a fund to aid organizations serving those impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

“Our community’s nonprofits are working diligently to meet unprecedented needs,” said Julie Mallard, executive director of the United Way of Delta County. “United Way is uniquely positioned to help support the organizations who are working so hard to serve our community during this challenging time.”

The United Way of Delta County provided $10,000 to start the fund, and another $13,000 is being donated by Meijer. Superior Health Foundation is also donating $1,000 in matching funds for grants to health-centered agencies. Anyone who would like to contribute can do so online at www.uwdelta.org/COVID-19. Donations also can be mailed to the United Way of Delta County, 1100 Ludington St., Suite 300, Escanaba, MI 49829. One hundred percent of donations to the fund will be used for funding COVID-19 related services.

Organizations eligible to apply for grants from the fund include 501c3 nonprofits serving Delta County (they do not have to be a United Way partner agency), school districts, faith-based organizations and other public entities eligible to receive a tax-deductible contribution. Priority will be given to requests addressing immediate human service needs related to COVID-19. The grant application can be accessed at www.uwdelta.org/covid-19-grant.

United Way is not able to fund individuals directly. Community members seeking services are encourage to dial 211 for information on help available locally.

Mallard said the United Way is working closely with the Community Foundation for Delta County. Each organization has its own funds to distribute, but the two are communicating frequently to collaborate on helping with the community’s greatest needs.

For the most up-to-date information on United Way activities and COVID-19 relief, visit the United Way of Delta County’s Facebook page or its website, www.uwdelta.org.

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