Corporate Partners invest over $2 million in the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund
LAS VEGAS- The city and community we all call home is one of the hardest-hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the needs of families, children, and individuals have grown, so has the support provided by our corporate partners. Local and national corporations, government agencies, and individuals have stepped up for the Las Vegas community during these unprecedented times by donating to the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) Emergency Assistance and Community Needs (EACN) Fund.
We call these generous donors our UWSN COVID Heroes. The name recognizes the passion and commitment these organizations have for building resilience and supporting recovery in our community. Our leading supporters include the Nevada Attorney General, NV Energy, Bank of America, the Wells Fargo Foundation, Barclays, Charles Schwab, Washington Federal Bank, Target, Las Vegas Billboards, United Way Worldwide, Bank of Nevada, City National Bank, US Bank, Homie, Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, State Bar of Nevada Gaming Law, Korte Construction, CenturyLink, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Paccar,100 Women Who Care, MASCO Corporation, Kichler, Dutch Brothers, Deloitte, and Noah Gragson Racing.
“Without the support of our UWSN COVID Heroes, hundreds of Southern Nevada families would continue to face many hardships,” said UWSN President and CEO Kyle B Rahn. “By donating to the Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund, they are ensuring families are keeping the lights on, food in the fridge, and hopes high.”
Since the launch of the UWSN EACN Fund, our COVID Heroes have sprung into action to donate and support Nevadans in need. These organizations have helped UWSN collectively raise over $2 million for food, shelter, and rent/mortgage assistance for our most vulnerable residents.
With more than 50 nonprofit partners requesting over $5 million in funding from the fund, UWSN needs to raise $3 million more to expand projected needs assistance. We need more COVID Heroes to don their capes and donate to support Southern Nevadan families. To find out how to become a UWSN COVID Hero, contact Laurie Mann at LaurieM@uwsn.org.
Our COVID Heroes shared what inspired them to support the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund.
“100 Women Who Care Southern Nevada is a group of women that decided to come together to raise funds for Southern Nevada charities to make a larger impact than just one woman may be able to do on her own. With so many things changing so drastically over the last few months we wanted a way to help our local community even more by making our collective donation to an organization that is helping the community as a whole make it through the COVID-19 crises. We felt that the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund best fit the desire to impact as many Southern Nevadans as possible.” – Founding Members, 100 Women Who Care Southern Nevada
“We are facing significant challenges throughout our state and country; people, businesses and the communities where we live and work need resources and financial support – now more than ever before,” said Clark Wood, Nevada market president for U.S. Bank. “U.S. Bank has long been a supporter of local community organizations such as the United Way of Southern Nevada. We are giving to the Southern Nevada Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund because we are all in this together.”
“Our community is experiencing unprecedented health and financial effects as a result of COVID-19. United Way of Southern Nevada has the network and expertise to effectively deploy financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community,” shared Tony Sanchez, Executive Vice President, Business Development and External Relations with NV Energy. “They partner with NV Energy in the distribution of over $500,000 in energy assistance annually. United Way has been our community leader in convening the nonprofit community to assess needs and resources and has been integral to organizing volunteers for critical service. NV Energy is proud to support United Way of Southern Nevada and the Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund.”
“For more than 150 years, Nevadans have come to trust that the Wells Fargo stagecoach will come through to support our neighbors and communities in their time of need,” said Southern Nevada Region Bank President Brian Formisano. “That same dedication to serving stakeholders is why we support the United Way of Southern Nevada Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund today.”
“We are proud to help our community respond to the many challenges caused by COVID-19, and Bank of Nevada wants to make a difference in meeting immediate needs, as well as offering longer-term support for organizations that help strengthen our workforce, provide affordable housing and create economic resilience,” said John Guedry, Division CEO, Bank of Nevada.
“City National is proud to be partnering with United Way of Southern Nevada and its COVID-19 Heroes campaign,” said Paul Stowell, Nevada regional executive of City National Bank. “The real heroes of this pandemic are the first responders and healthcare professionals who are on the frontlines helping those people and families affected by this terrible disease. It will take the support of every Nevadan and every business to help us recover from one of worst health and economic crisis this country and world has ever faced. As Gandhi said, we need to be the change we want to see in the world.”
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.
About the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund
Through the support of the Nevada Attorney General, NV Energy, Bank of America, the Wells Fargo Foundation, Barclays, Charles Schwab, Washington Federal Bank, Target, Las Vegas Billboards, United Way Worldwide, Bank of Nevada, City National Bank, US Bank, Homie, Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, State Bar of Nevada Gaming Law, Korte Construction, CenturyLink, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Paccar 100 Women Who Care, Kichler, Dutch Brothers, Deloitte, MASCO Corporation, and Noah Gragson Racing. United Way of Southern Nevada launched the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund. With over 30 years of experience in distributing emergency funding, help will be available through nonprofit organizations 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.