• During times of uncertainty, our community comes together to support one another. This has been United Way of the Capital Region’s way of work for nearly 100 years. In response to COVID-19, we have developed a comprehensive list of ways individuals can access services, give (locally, regionally and nationally) and volunteer. This information can be accessed at www.uwcr.org/covid19/. The content is very fluid and will be updated according to need in our community.

    Where to Go for Help:

    Individuals in need of help are encouraged to call 211 (or send a text including your zip code). 211 is a non-emergency line that connects individuals directly to programs and services based on areas of need. Individuals can also access 211 online at uwp.org/211gethelp/.

    How to Support Local Needs:

    To address local needs, we’ve established the United Way of the Capital Region COVID-19 Basic Needs Fund to support our trusted United Way partners that provide food, clothing and shelter services in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. To make a donation simply click on this link – https://uwcr.unitedwayepledge.org/comm/SinglePageRegPledge.jsp.

    How the United Way Will Support Local Agencies Through Our United Way Fund:

    We’ve created a simple grant application which will soon be shared with agencies and available online. Funding will be available to currently funded United Way agencies providing basic needs services as well as agencies funded by our United Way over the past five years. Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to meet immediate needs around basic needs services. We will move quickly and efficiently to process applications as we know our partners desperately need financial support. Based on the amount of funds raised, we may broaden our focus to include long-term needs and allow agencies to reapply.

    How to Support Regional and National/International Efforts:

    Donors can support nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19 in our region through a partnership with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. For more information, visit The Foundation for Enhancing Communities at https://www.tfec.org/funds/covid19/.

    Donors interested in supporting national and international efforts can contribute through a fund administered by United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit United Way Worldwide at https://www.unitedway.org/recovery/covid19.

    How to Volunteer:

    To volunteer, please reach out directly with the contacts at each organization. All organization listed below have informed us that they adhere to CDC-recommended cleaning and sanitary precautions.


    Central Pa Food Bank

    Contact:  Chris Grey, Volunteer Manager, cgray@centralpafoodbank.org or visit centralpafoodbank.org.

    Need:  Volunteer group sizes limited to 10 people or less to pack Crisis Response Boxes. Accommodations have been made to spread out the volunteer space and adhere to CDC-recommended cleaning and sanitary precautions.


    American Red Cross

    ContactLaura Hughes, laura.hughes2@redcross.org.

    Need:  There is a severe shortage of blood.  If your organization is willing to host location for a community American Red Cross blood drive, please contact Laura.


    New Hope Ministries

    Contact:  nhm-pa.org/ or call 717.432.2087

    Need: New Hope needs volunteers to pack and carry food. Home deliveries may soon be necessary. Public interactions will be limited.


    CONTACT Helpline, Inc. – Information and referral services

    Contact: Kelly Gollick at kgollick@contacthelpline.org

    Need: CONTACT Helpline, helps run 211, an informational and referral service to connect individuals with resources in the community. This is a nonemergency number. Based on the increase in calls, the organization is looking for volunteers to handle calls. Volunteers can quickly be trained and can take calls from home. To volunteer, you must have a computer, internet and appropriate headsets at home (device to talk while using cloud phones. This can be a gaming headset or even earbuds).


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