Now is the time to stay united

Many families in our community — your friends and neighbors — are still in crisis and grappling with the impact of COVID-19. But with your support, we help those who are struggling to get back on their feet.

United Way's COVID-19 Impact Fund provides one-time assistance with rent and mortgage payments to those who have lost their jobs or have reduced hours as a result of the pandemic.

Right now, your contribution will be matched by a generous donor up to $50,000. Donate here or text STARK to 50503.

Your support makes it possible

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the fund has provided relief to residents in Stark County, and with your help, we can continue to do more.
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Updated on June 25, 2020

How You Can Help


As coronavirus reverberates across hospitals, offices, schools, and homes, we are reminded of our most basic shared value. We know that all of us depend on each other for a healthy community. The same priority guides our concern for those most economically vulnerable in a pandemic. This includes the families of hospitality, retail and other hourly workers, among others.

The Need

With public events, schools and workplaces shuttering as the pandemic unfolds, hourly, low-wage workers will experience unprecedented financial hardship. The problem is acute for hospitality workers, retail workers, and other hourly workers, many living paycheck to paycheck, with no clear options for recouping lost wages.


United Way of Greater Stark County's COVID-19 Impact Fund is a dedicated resource for working families affected by the pandemic. We will mobilize these funds to provide financial assistance to help meet families' basic needs during the pandemic.

If you would like to send in a check instead of donating online, please make the check out to United Way of Greater Stark County COVID-19 Impact Fund.


Volunteer In the community

A network of local non-profit organizations and funding agencies have been working together to identify the areas of need in the Stark County community as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This group is working to respond to those needs efficiently and effectively. Volunteers are always a critical need for agencies, and as our community recovers, we know that volunteers will be a great need to many.

Please complete this volunteer interest form if you are healthy and have the ability to volunteer once shelter in place has been lifted. United Way is not placing volunteers, but we will share your information with local agencies that are in need of volunteers at this time. The agency will contact you directly to answer questions and finalize details around the volunteer opportunity.

Keeping volunteers, their families and those they’re helping safe during this public health crisis is the highest priority. We all have a role in making sure that happens. If you plan to volunteer, review these guidelines .

Organizations that need Volunteers

Does your organization need volunteers during this time of need? Submit a volunteer request so we can assist with connecting you to individuals.

Request Assistance


Stark and Carroll County employees impacted by mass layoffs as a result of COVID – 19, may be eligible to receive one-time assistance with their rent or mortgage payment.

After form is submitted, one of United Way of Greater Stark County’s Impact Team members will reach out to you within 48 business hours, between the hours of 9AM - 3PM. Please note: United Way of Greater Stark County offices will be closed Monday June 29 through Sunday July 5. One of our Impact Team Members will reach out to you as soon as possible during the week beginning July 6 when we reopen.

As a reminder the Department of Housing and Urban Development has “temporarily” suspended all foreclosures and evictions through April 30, 2020.

United Way of Greater Stark County's COVID-19 Impact Fund is a dedicated resource for working families affected by the pandemic. We appreciate the generosity of so many in our community who have contributed to ensure our neighbor, friend or family can weather these hard times. We are committed to mobilizing 100% of the collected funds to provide financial assistance to help meet families' basic needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified applicants will be served on a first-come, first serve basis as funds are available, based on community donations.



Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, agency partners, and the community we serve.

United Way's internal team is assessing the situation daily and following all recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Services.

Agency partners: Please keep us informed of any program challenges that may result from this situation. Our team is here to help and will continue reaching out with ongoing updates. If you have added any services or adjusted an existing program, please also email 2-1-1 so they may stay up to date.

Donors and partner businesses: We appreciate your continued investment in United Way's work to drive strategic impact in the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in our community.


  • If you are in need of emergency services, please call 9-1-1.
  • Our 2-1-1 referral help services are available 24/7, call 330-491-9997, 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 to be connected to someone who can help.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility in this developing situation. Thanks for your care in helping us all stay well.

You can call Ohio's Coronavirus contact number for more information: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Important links regarding the virus:

Donations can be designated to a United Way Impact Area, a specific United Way Funded Partner, a United Way Strategic Initiative, other United Ways or any health or human services 501(c)(3) organization.