The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge for our community and for people everywhere in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Things are changing hour by hour in response to this health crisis. As of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Cooper has declared a Stay at Home Executive Order that will be in force until April 30. While federal, state and local health officials agree that social distancing is key to fighting the spread of this virus, we also know that closing schools and curtailing public services will put a strain on many in our community, including our service providers. Below you will find information about state and local resources that may help you during this time.
COVID-19 Community Relief Fund:
In response to the rapidly escalating needs in our communities, of Coastal Carolina has created the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.
The fund will support areas of need that could include food, housing and utility assistance. UWCC will coordinate with local non-profits to determine on-going needs and fund distribution. We expect that these needs may change in the days and weeks ahead.
Anyone in Need of Medical Attention:
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has set up a COVID-19 hotline that is staffed by trained medical professionals. Should you have any questions or concerns about the Coronavirus, please call: 866-462-3821.
Anyone in Need of Assistance:
NC 2-1-1, a statewide United Way-funded hotline that serves as an information and referral service system for people in need, will continue to support callers needing access to health and human services resources such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs throughout this epidemic. Should you need assistance, please call: 2-1-1. This service is free, confidential, and available in many languages 24/7, 365 days a year. Additional information is also available at www.nc211.org
Personal Safety Guidelines and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued several guidelines to limit travel, gatherings and social distancing. The CDC has launched a website, www.CoronaVirus.gov that details these guidelines and provides an updated account of confirmed COVID-19 cases and their locations.
Community Partners and Agencies:
We recognize that the Coronavirus could potentially impact the people we serve. If you’re planning to add programming to support people, please reach out to NC 2-1-1 with that information by filling out a Google form HERE. They’re collecting statewide economic hardship resources so that they can best direct people to the places best suited to support them.
United Way team members are continuing to work and remain committed to supporting your impact needs. We will not be hosting any volunteer events until further notice.
United Way of Coastal Carolina Office Update:
UW Staff will be working remotely during North Carolina’s “Stay At Home” order that goes into effect March 30, 2020. United Way team members will be returning phone calls and emails when possible. All meetings and other gatherings at the United Way office are cancelled. Please check our Facebook page for the most current information.
Here are some other resources that may provide additional information: