United Way of Larimer County COVID-19 Response Efforts

Apr 20, 2020 | Member News

  • COVID-19 Community Resources Guides – Online resources, available in English and Spanish that are organized by topic. This collaborative effort between United Way of Larimer County, the City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland and Larimer County is hosted on United Way’s homepage: http://www.uwaylc.org. The guides provide connection to human service resources for the public, nonprofits and staff at the Joint Information Center (JIC) through the County. Resources also connect citizens to volunteer opportunities and ways to give to support relief efforts. Updated in real-time, these guides augment and complement the 211 database as resources and needs are changing quickly.
  • 211 Colorado – 211 is the statewide information and referral phone line and website for human service resources and referrals. By dialing 211 or visiting 211Colorado.org, individuals can find the resources they need during the COVID pandemic. United Way of Larimer County sponsors and facilitates the 211 call-center for Larimer County, providing an on-demand resource for our community.
    • With the pandemic, 211 is experiencing a 300% increase in call volume. The most common needs are assistance with rent, income, food, and other basic needs.
  • COVID-19 Volunteerism – uwaylc.org houses current volunteer needs for nonprofits in Larimer County. Volunteer opportunities range from in-person to virtual support or donations needed. To find a volunteer opportunity, visit: https://uwaylc.org/Volunteer
  • Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund – a collaborative fund with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado established to support nonprofit agencies helping those most impacted by the effects of COVID-19. United Way seeded the fund with $100k plus an additional $50k from the Foundation, with on-going collaborative fundraising efforts. The intention is to award grants bi-weekly until funds are exhausted or needs are met. Donations can be made here: https://impact.uwaylc.org/Corona
  • Service-to-Go: Drop-off to Nonprofit Partners – United Way distributed hundreds of resources to nonprofit partners as an immediate response to community need through the Service-to-Go Program. The Service-to-Go program is a DIY volunteer opportunity for individuals or groups to build kits of meaningful resources that are distributed to nonprofits supporting clients in need. Resource kits distributed included diapers & wipes, nonperishable food, hygiene kits with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and other basic needs essentials. More information about Service-to-Go is available at https://uwaylc.org/Service-To-Go
  • United Way Collection & Distribution Center – United Way is accepting donations of critical supplies requested by area nonprofits at its office (525 W. Oak Street) on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will provide distribution and delivery services on Wednesdays and Fridays to Larimer County nonprofits and childcare centers. Citizens can find the list of needed items here: https://uwaylc.org/Post/Donation-Drop-Off-at-United-Way-of-Larimer-County Resources include diapers, wipes, nonperishable foods, kid’s activities,hygiene products, blankets, jackets, and more.
  • Blood Drives – United Way is hosting monthly blood drives in partnership with UC Health. Blood drives will be held the 2nd Monday of the month in front of the United Way building. This is in an effort to address the need for blood in our community. Visit our website to sign up: https://uwaylc.org/Post/COVID-19-Response-Recurring-Blood-Drive
  • COVID Response Panel Webinar – United Way hosted a COVID Response webinar on April 9 to highlight volunteer needs and opportunities to give to help local nonprofits and individuals adversely affected by the COVID pandemic. The virtual event included a panel of community leaders from United Way, The Food Bank, A Little Help, and Homeward Alliance. The free webinar is available at: https://uwaylc.org/Post/How-You-Can-Help-A-Webinar-Presented-By-Generation-United
  • The Invisible Superhero Social – United Way of Larimer County plays a vital role in emergency and disaster response in our community. Because of our current focus on COVID-19 relief, United Way’s annual fundraising cocktail party has transformed into a virtual community gathering – the Invisible Superhero Social. This event will be held virtually on June 18th with a follow-up, in-person celebration slated for fall 2020. To sponsor or learn more, visit: https://uwaylc.org/Post/INVISIBLE-SUPERHERO-SOCIAL
  • Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) Involvement – A collaborative group of partners working together to problem solve the greatest needs during a disaster, such as addressing staffing shortages within area nonprofits as needs have drastically increased for services to our community. United Way is able to place volunteers through business organizations with a nonprofit in need. For example, paid employees at some organizations are unable to do the usual day-to-day work due to COVID-19. Through VOAD collaboration, United Way is able to reassign these employees with a nonprofit agency in need of additional support.
  • WomenGive Emergency Assistance – Due to increased need, the WomenGive Leadership Committee doubled the maximum amount recipients may request in emergency funds per semester to $800. As single parents, many recipients are not able to absorb weeks or months without work. To date, over 25% of all WomenGive recipients have applied for assistance. To learn more about the WomenGive Emergency Assistance Fund, visit: