United Way of Lewis County is now accepting donations to the Lewis County COVID-19 Response Fund.
Donations can be made by clicking HERE.
United Way of Lewis County and the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound have partnered to establish the Lewis County COVID-19 Response Fund. The Community Foundation is providing $15,000 in matching funds to United Way of Lewis County to expand local capacity and address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. The fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials.
Together, United Way of Lewis County and the Community Foundation will gather data to identify emerging needs as well as gaps in existing services. We will work to rapidly mobilize and deploy resources to local organizations that are providing services and support to the people who are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Lewis County.
United Way of Lewis County will not be charging admin fees for these funds.
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UNITED WAY OF LEWIS COUNTY'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, United Way of Lewis County is closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus. Our top priority is to ensure the safety of staff and our community.
What is United Way of Lewis County doing right now?
- Expanding our South Sound 2-1-1, in collaboration with Washington 2-1-1 and Washington State Health Department in order to support the statewide 800 number created for questions about the COVID-19 virus.
- Developing contingency plans, along with other agencies to prepare for this crisis. Communicating with other nonprofits to identify their needs.
- Gathering information on volunteer opportunities.
- Working with the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, donors, and volunteers about supporting critical needs.
United Way of Lewis County, Lewis County Seniors, and Twin Transit are partnering to help our senior citizens during this difficult time. We have joined forces at the Lewis County Community Services Team to deliver food to those age 60 and over who are following county guidance to self-quarantine at home. To be placed on the list to receive meals, please call 1-855-581-9495.
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Lewis County Public Health & Social Services highly encourage individuals age 60 and over to remain in their homes at this time. This precautionary measure is critical to protecting Lewis County’s vulnerable populations against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
What has United Way of Lewis County done so far?
- Implemented our organizational emergency response plan.
- Encouraged employees to work from home if possible.
- Provided updates from Lewis County Public Health on our website.
- Postponed upcoming events, including "Chef's Night Out" from April 18, 2020 to June 20, 2020 and external meetings, unless they can be held virtually.
- Granted out dollars from the COVID-19 Response Fund for immediate and emerging needs, such as:
- Lewis County Seniors - expand and mobilize meal delivery services County-wide for people 60 and over (currently service over 300 people)
- Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis - Emergency Youth Support Program; access to child care for first responders (including health care workers and other essential services)
- Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties - housing services, rent and utility assistance to those experiencing job loss during COVID-19.
- Lewis County Mask Making Group - access to cloth masks for first responders, businesses and individuals.
- Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce - PPE/masks/gloves for first responders.
How can you help?
Make a donation to the Lewis County COVID-19 Response Fund by clicking HERE.
Practice social distancing to slow to spread of the virus.
Sign up for Emergency Management's Lewis County Alerts HERE.
Support your local non-profit agencies, many of whom had to cancel or reschedule fundraisers.
Hold a donation drive to collect much needed disinfecting wipes, cleaners, and hand sanitizer.
Join in the volunteers efforts with local organizations by visiting United Way's online volunteer center at www.volunteerlewis.org.
Washington 2-1-1 | Resource and Referral Call Center
Lewis County Public Health & Social Services | COVID-19 updates
Lewis County Together | Collaborative effort to keep Lewis County connected local businesses, community resources, jobs and more.
Washington State Dept. of Health | Resources and current situation in WA
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) | What you need to know
Washington State Dept. of Commerce SBA COVID-19 resources | Assistance for Economic Loss
Employment Security Dept, Washington State | Assistance to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine for workers and businesses
CLICK HERE for mental health and emotional support resources.
Stay safe and healthy!