United Way COVID-19 fund making difference in community

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The Livingston County United Way (LCUW) has established the LCUW Community COVID-19 Relief Fund, is receiving donations, and has already sent checks to seven programs needing support at the front line.

All of the money raised through this fund goes directly toward helping local nonprofit agencies meet the basic needs of those most vulnerable during this crisis.

“The online platform we created has given residents the capability to donate any size of donation, and it’s working,” said Terri Hillier-Romankewiz, LCUW marketing & development director. “Twenty-dollar donations add up quick.”

The LCUW Community Covid-19 Relief fund has also received two large donations from local companies. Meijer sent LCUW a donation with an enclosed written letter from Rick Keyes, President and CEO, and Hank Meijer, Executive Chairman, saying: “The essential services you provide day after day offer hope, stability in the building blocks for a good quality of life for every member of our community. We are honored to provide you with $39,000.” Meijer has three store locations in Livingston County.

Last week Citizen’s Insurance Co. of America, a member of The Hanover Insurance Group, located in Howell, made a donation of $25,000.

“United Way is offering critical support to the local community during these challenging times,” said Paul J. Mueller, west zone executive at The Hanover. “As a member of the Howell community, we’re proud to help further its efforts.”

Thanks to the generosity of these donors, last week LCUW was able to provide support to six nonprofits with seven programs. Recipient agencies will provide emergency food, nights of shelter, and personal care items to Livingston County residents already impacted by the Covid-19 shutdown.

“We also have to thank our Community Impact Volunteers, who have been meeting with us virtually to help us make these critical funding decisions,” said Liz Welch, LCUW Community Investments Director.

LCUW encourages local nonprofits to apply for funding. Right now, LCUW is able to turn around a response within a week or less. Relief Fund guidelines and application can be found at https://www.lcunitedway.org/coronavirus/.

As things continue to develop, the next weeks will uncover additional needs for families. LCUW invites the community to also get involved and make a big impact. If you would like to donate to the fund, visit www.lcunitedway.org, click on this link http://igfn.us/form/ukDgsg, text Livcohelp to 41444, or mail a check payable to Livingston County United with “Community Relief Fund” noted in the memo line. Mail checks to LCUW at 2980 Dorr Rd, Brighton, Mich. 48116.

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