United Way of Greater Fall River, United Way of Greater New Bedford, and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts are working together to assess the needs of our Southcoast community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As community-level needs unfold, we will rapidly deploy support and relief to organizations and residents in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Many children in our community rely on federally funded school-based programs for one, two or more meals each day. With school closures, the demand for food assistance will increase for these children and their families. Hourly workers and self-employed lacking the means to maintain a household or purchase basic amenities needed without a paycheck may struggle to maintain housing expenses. The elderly in our community, identified as most at-risk, are in forced isolation, many with already limited means now also struggling to gain access to food, healthcare and basic needs.

Additionally, with cancelled events and a heavier demand for services, non-profit organizations are already feeling the limitations on their budgets. Cancelled fundraisers mean less money and capacity to provide the much-needed services to the community.

United Way of Greater Fall River, United Way of Greater New Bedford, and the Community Foundation of Southeaster Massachusetts are ALL IN to support residents and non-profits on the Southcoast. Each have set up a fund in response to COVID-19:

United Way of Greater Fall River will provide flexible resources to complement the work of essential service providers responding to increased demand for basic needs to those most vulnerable, and to address the outbreak’s social, health, and economic impacts in the short and long term.

United Way of Greater New Bedford is supporting out of work service workers and seniors over 65 in Greater New Bedford by providing financial assistance for rent/mortgage, utility bills, and basic needs.

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts will provide flexible resources to organizations that are working with communities at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and most impacted by inequity.