United Way of Southern Nevada Announces a Fund to Help Those Impacted by COVID-19
Resources and Information Available at uwsn.org/COVID19
LAS VEGAS, NV – March 19, 2020 –Through the support of NV Energy, Bank of America and the Wells Fargo Foundation, United Way of Southern Nevada launched the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund to assist those impacted by COVID-19. To donate, visit uwsn.org/donate or text “UWSNFUND” to 313131.
“As your United Way of Southern Nevada, it’s our role to stand in the center of our community and bring together community partners to provide solutions and support for those who need it most,” said UWSN President and CEO, Kyle B. Rahn. “We are actively identifying the greatest needs and are galvanizing all community resources to help our community get through this challenging time.”
UWSN is creating an asset map to define how local nonprofit organizations are providing resources and identify gaps in services. Also, UWSN is providing necessary information and resources to deploy nonprofit workforce and volunteers to support wraparound services while keeping employees and volunteers healthy and safe.
“The coronavirus outbreak is creating unprecedented challenges in our community and we appreciate and support efforts of the United Way of Southern Nevada, Bank of America, NV Energy and the Wells Fargo Foundation to work with nonprofit agencies throughout Southern Nevada to address the needs of our citizens,” said Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, chair of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition. “We are a strong and resilient community, and we will recover from this crisis. One way people can also help to put us on the road to recovery is to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census online or by phone. It’s more important than ever that Nevada’s entire population is counted in the census so we get the funding and representation we deserve from Washington. Visit the Southern Nevada Counts website for more information about the census and why it’s important for our community.”
“With over 63 years of serving our community, it is our role and responsibility to help our community,” said Thomas Kovach, UWSN Board Chair. “By bringing together nonprofits, corporate partners, schools, governmental agencies, and our community, we will assist and move Southern Nevada forward.”
With over 30 years of experience in distributing emergency funding, help will be available through nonprofit direct service providers who are experienced in providing direct service assistance. To ensure accountability of the distribution of funds, UWSN is following the same stringent guidelines it utilizes for the administration of Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To ensure all donated funds are distributed to needs resulting from the COVID-19 virus and this state of emergency, Bank of America is covering all of their administrative fees and underwriting expenses related to the Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund account so that 100% of the donations go to local needs.
For up-to-date COVID-19 resources and volunteer information, visit uwsn.org/COVID19. To donate, visit uwsn.org/donate or text “UWSNFUND” to 313131. To learn more, contact Laurie Mann, Vice President of Marketing at 702-563-7813 or LaurieM@uwsn.org.
About United Way of Southern Nevada:
United Way of Southern Nevada unites our community to improve people’s lives. We bring donors, volunteers, nonprofits, and businesses together to help children enter school ready to learn, help high school students reach graduation day, and support individuals working to earn a degree or certification, all while creating stability for their families. Together, we step into the ring and invite others to stand with us as a united front against social injustices and forces keeping our community’s most vulnerable residents from a good life. We are bold and innovative to solve our toughest problems. Together, we fight for the future of our community – and we will win. Join us at uwsn.org.