(Canton, OH) June 8, 2020 – Many families in our community are still in crisis and grappling with the impact of COVID-19. Right now, when you contribute to United Way of Greater Stark County’s COVID-19 Impact Fund, your contribution – up to $50,000 – will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.
As of June 4, with the help of local foundations, workplaces and individuals, we have raised a total of $185,487.91 to help workers who have had their hours reduced because of the pandemic and need assistance paying their rent or mortgage. Thanks to the generosity of our community, the fund has provided relief to more than 160 households in Stark and Carroll County, and with your help, we can continue to do more.
“I was behind in rent before the abrupt mandatory closings of restaurants on March 15, 2020. I honestly had no clue what I was going to do, as I was just barely getting by on what tips I bring home, then I saw an article mentioning local help for individuals impacted by the mass layoff. I immediately reached out and was directly communicating with a member of staff from the united way. I was able to get assistance with rent while waiting on unemployment. I am now able to say that I am 100 percent caught up on all my rent and utilities, thanks to the help from our local United Way.” – Gloria
If you, or someone you know, has lost their job or have reduced hours because of the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive one-time assistance with your rent or mortgage payment. Have them visit uwstark.org/covid or call 330-491-9960 to submit an application. Support will be given to those meeting the eligibility requirements and until funding is exhausted.
As of June 4, the dollars requested for assistance with rent and mortgage by over 280 families totals $208,422.05. To give to your neighbors in need, please visit uwstark.org/covid or text STARK to 50503 today.
If you, or someone you know needs assistance finding food, paying utilities, or other essential services, please call 2-1-1. 2-1-1 connects individuals and families with information on support services and community programs that can help every day and especially now, during this crisis. 2-1-1 is available 24/7/365 by calling 2-1-1, visiting 211stark.org or texting your zip code to 898-211.
About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Greater Stark County. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit www.uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.