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United Way of Laurens County's Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund

EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND GUIDELINES

United Way of Laurens County has created the United Way of Laurens County Emergency Relief Fund to rapidly deploy resources to the community due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will provide flexible resources to individuals impacted by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Grants will be provided to support immediate basic needs and economic stability. The fund is designed to support individuals and families experiencing hardship as a result of the outbreak and related closures and disruptions.

The staff and Board of Directors of the United Way of Laurens County will work with direct service organizations and community leaders to identify critical needs, resource gaps, and the best approach to disseminate emergency funds with the appropriate sense of urgency. Safeguards will be put in place to ensure these funds are used effectively and appropriately and 100% of funds donated will be distributed. Organizations receiving grants will be required to report back to funders on use of the monies granted.

Our priority is to ensure capacity in the human services sector, so individuals and families in need are supported during this pandemic, including those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Multiple phases of funding may be necessary to address the immediate, intermediate, and long-term needs of this crisis. Funding will go to support Laurens County residents.

Eligible organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • 501c3 nonprofit
  • Serve Laurens County residents
  • Provide either their latest financial audit or most recent board approved financial statement (if not already a United Way funded agency)
  • Able to expend/distribute funds to immediately respond to the individuals and families impacted by COVID-19
  • Able to document and agree to report on how funds are used to meet the identified need(s) within 30-45 days of receiving funds

Based on current available information, the Emergency Relief Fund will be directed as follows. The distribution plan may be adjusted based on emerging needs and in response to changing situations.

Initial funding priorities will specifically aim to increase:

  • Food distribution
  • Food support for seniors and those with disabilities
  • Utility & Rental assistance

Community organizations identified to receive funding will:

  • Complete a brief online application
  • All non-United Way funded agencies will be required to provide either their latest financial audit or most recent board approved financial statement
  • Sign and return a Memorandum of Understanding regarding funding amount and agreed upon use of the funds
  • All non-United Way funded agencies must complete a W-9 for United Way to expedite the distribution of funds

United Way of Laurens County will be tracking the amount of funds raised and 100% of what is raised will be directly invested back into our community’s most pressing needs. United Way will work alongside our community nonprofits in an effort to have the most immediate impact.

Prioritization of needs and distribution of funds will be informed by 211 data, community feedback, and other relevant decision-making points shared by County and local entities pointing to where needs are the greatest for Laurens County.

The funds available have been contributed by foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals to be used exclusively to meet the needs of persons impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

HOW TO DONATE

  • Corporate or business donations, please email: acarter@uwlc-online.org or aredmond@uwlc-online.org
  • To make an individual gift online: https://www.uwlc-online.org
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  • To donate by check, please indicate your gift should be directed to the Emergency Relief Fund. Checks should be made to United Way of Laurens County and mailed to:

United Way of Laurens County
Attn: Emergency Relief Fund
P. O. Box 544
Clinton, SC 29325

If you have questions regarding the Emergency Relief Fund, and would like to be sent an application please contact:

Alesia Carter, Executive Director
acarter@uwlc-online.org

Or:

Aryele Redmond, Resource Development Manager
aredmond@uwlc-online.org