COVID-19 Community Fund from United Way

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is an initiative that was created under the United Way of Utah. The pandemic affected schools, families, and business owners across the country, including in Utah. This fund is aimed to help in the recovery efforts that are needed as a result of this devastating pandemic.

What is Being Done?

There are seven United Way offices across the state which are helping in this recovery fund. The goal of each is to help their specific communities in the way that they see is best in order to bring about a stable form of living for those who are hurting the most. At the United Way of Salt Lake, for instance, the focus is on families and children with creating a campaign for Young Leaders who are looking to succeed in elementary school, while also supporting the Tocqueville Society who is dedicated to giving over $10,000 to the community. At United Way of Utah county, there is a focus on the children with encouragement to the public to donate to assist the physical and mental health of children, their finances, and their education during this time.

Utah 211

United Way of Utah in total has developed Utah 211 throughout the entire state to help in this pandemic. When connecting with the 211 services, citizens of the state will be linked to over 10,000 services that have the capacity to best meet their needs. They can call 211 from their phone, can text about their needs to the number 898-211, or they can go to the website for the initiative which is found at

About United Way of Utah

United Way of Salt Lake specifically has been working for the Salt Lake community for over 100 years. They were created in the year 1904 to help those who were homeless, to help the poor, and to change the community. The goal is to pursue social change among some of the hardest neighborhoods and environments in the area.

Author: Ellen Richards