As the near-constant updates to the current situation roll in, we are incredibly hopeful after witnessing our community come together for each other. As Muscogee County closed its doors for education, staff and volunteers still showed up to make sure all our students received a meal as they would normally. Read more here. Many people experience food insecurity. Feeding the Valley is providing mobile pantries allowing clients to drive up and have food delivered to them. Read more here. Two Men and a Truck jumped into action to deliver hospital equipment. Read more here. And many other companies are promising to help, like Alabama Power Foundation’s pledge of $1 million to relief efforts. Read more here. We are grateful for our partners in our community, heeding the call to support one another.
Collaboration across organizations and agencies is key under normal circumstances to ensure a healthy, strong community. Under stress and times of crisis, it is vital. Fortunately, the Continuum of Care has been an established entity in the Chattahoochee Valley for many years. The agencies involved care deeply about the valley and have committed to keeping each other updated, informed, and supported.
Another great resource well-established is 2-1-1. Upon celebrating its 5th year, specialists at 2-1-1 answered almost 34,000 phone calls and given over 100,000 referrals. Text your zip code to 898-211 or visit 211uwcv.org to connect to resources.
With our excellent relationships, we are collecting community resource updates. This list is a living document that can be found on our website.
Because of the great success accomplished, our own Pat Frey, Executive Director of Home for Good, was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force. This collaborative effort will ensure adequate shelter, resources, and care for vulnerable populations in Georgia.
And another collaborative effort is with our friends at Community Foundation. Together, United Way and Community Foundation developed the Coronavirus Response Fund to provide flexible resources to organizations in the area impacted by the coronavirus.
As more people come forward with needs, we are positioned to act quickly because of our relationships and established collaborative efforts. Go team!
What can you do? Stay home as much as possible and wash your hands and your phone. If you can donate, please consider the Coronavirus Response Fund. Text your zip code to 898-211 to connect to resources. Bookmark the Community Resource Updates. And finally, take a moment to thank the agencies, organizations, leadership, and volunteers that are taking action for our community. We are all in this together.