At the United Way of Marshall County and Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF), we take the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) seriously. From the possibility of widespread infection to the economic effects to our local small businesses, we realize the layers of negative impact this pandemic can have on all aspects of Marshall County life. Our network of social service support organizations is poised to respond to this global pandemic that’s already having a deep local impact in our communities.
YOUR DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP MEET LOCAL NEEDS
Local nonprofits are experiencing interruptions to their operations while at the same time facing a greater demand for the services they provide to families and individuals in need. Our Disaster Relief Fund was created in response to widespread flooding in 2018. To support our community and residents during this pandemic, the Marshall County Disaster Relief Fund at the United Way of Marshall County will be deployed in the coming days, weeks, and months to respond to needs of the most vulnerable during this crisis.
Contributions can be via the United Way website at http://www.marshallcountyuw.org/covid19 or by check, mailed to the Marshall County Philanthropy Center, 2680 Miller Drive, Suite 120, Plymouth IN. Mark “Disaster Response” when donating online or on your check’s memo line. United Way and the MCCF are fully prepared to continue to serve, and support our communities.
Top of mind are those who are at highest risk of infection and those who will be disproportionately impacted by the spread of COVID-19, our community’s ALICE Families. (ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.) ALICE families are those who are working hard but having a hard time making ends meet. Many of our friends and neighbors in Marshall County may be without paid sick leave, health insurance, or having their paychecks cut by fewer hours at work. They will be hit hard by this crisis.
Now is the time to coordinate our efforts to respond compassionately and quickly during this health crisis. Now is an important moment where our collective relationships, financial resources, knowledge, and networks can be deployed to ease suffering and support our communities.
Special sessions of the Marshall County Community Table will take place every Monday at 10 a.m. EST via Zoom. Meetings are open to anyone addressing social service needs in Marshall County including nonprofits, government leaders, educators, faith-based organizations, and the general public. To register, contact United Way at 574.936.3366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU
The United Way and Marshall County Community Foundation team continues to operate taking appropriate and recommended precautions. Our phone numbers are (574) 936-3366 for the United Way and (574) 935-5159 for the Community Foundation, and these numbers will continue to be answered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will respond accordingly.
Call 211 for questions regarding food, childcare, housing and utility assistance, mental health services or here. Follow updates from the Center for Disease Control here and the Indiana Department of Health here.
From all of us at the United Way of Marshall County and the Marshall County Community Foundation, we hope you stay safe and exercise caution. Reach out to friends, neighbors and family – staying connected in times of uncertainty matters most. Thank you for your understanding, and we will keep you updated as changes occur.
About the United Way of Marshall County
For over 50 years, the United Way of Marshall County has continuously conducted annual fundraising campaigns in support of local health and human service not-for-profit organizations. The United Way has been the conduit for helping thousands of individuals, regardless of income level, contribute to a united community cause. United Way volunteers have spent millions of hours advocating for much needed programs and services that help build a stronger community and, as a result, the United Way has allocated more than $8 million to local agencies for everything from basic necessities like food to tutoring programs for youth to helping the elderly get to the doctor. The United Way of Marshall County remains committed to igniting the caring power of the human spirit to help meet the most basic needs of education, health and financial stability. Together we create a stronger future for Marshall County.
About the Marshall County Community Foundation
The Marshall County Community Foundation is a public charity with local roots that helps great ideas take flight through endowment philanthropy. Since 1991, donors to the Marshall County Community Foundation have built the community’s assets currently valued at more than $36 million and have returned over $14.9 million to Marshall County communities in grants and scholarships, $3.9 million from Community Funds. For more information about the Foundation, call 574.935.9159 or visit www.marshallcountycf.org.