COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund
While 10 percent of Martin County households are living in poverty another 28 percent are considered ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). They're living one missed paycheck away from being unable to meet their most basic needs, like housing and healthcare.
That means 1 in 3 families will be disproportionately affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) as businesses close and their hours are reduced. This vulnerable population is also forced to make the difficult choice of going to work sick or not being paid.
These are daunting challenges, but we are fortunate to be part of a community where people come together in common cause to make a positive difference. To assist Martin County individuals and families who are impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Martin County is launching the COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund and have allocated up to $200,000 from our emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts. We anticipate the need to gather significantly more funding to assist Martin County residents and are seeking additional contributions. We are working in partnership with The Children's Services Council of Martin County and Community Foundation Martin - St. Lucie and we have been named the official organization by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners authorized to raise resources for this emergency situation.
United Way of Martin County is working with local direct service organizations to identify critical needs and resource gaps and the best approach to disseminate emergency funds with the appropriate sense of urgency. As with the prior emergency funds managed by United Way, safeguards will be put in place to ensure these funds are used effectively and appropriately. Organizations receiving grants will be required to report back on use of the monies granted.
For nearly 50 years, United Way of Martin County has been here to help local people during their darkest hours – whether recovering from a natural disaster, a personal financial setback or an unforeseen medical emergency. United Ways have a history of coordinating community responses to offer hope and help when it is most needed. As we all anxiously watch the progression of COVID-19 and anticipate the potential impacts, we want you to know that, whatever the outcome, United Way of Martin County will be here to support our community.
IF YOU NEED HELP
If you are unable to meet basic needs like housing, food and healthcare, please reach out to the following partners who we will be working with to distribute funds to individuals and families in need:
- House of Hope: (772) 286-4673
- Salvation Army of Martin County: (772) 288-1471
IF YOU CAN HELP
- The 211 Helpline is available 24/7 to connect you with resources for food, mental health, legal support and more. Those in need of help can dial 2-1-1, (561) 383-1112, or text their zip code to TXT211 (898211). 2-1-1 service is free, confidential and 24/7.
- United Way of Martin County has compiled a list (below) of education, health and financial stability resources. about the Coronavirus, can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or the Florida Department of Health at www.floridahealth.gov. Additionally, the 211 Help Line is available 24/7 to help you find resources or if you need someone to talk to - just dial 2-1-1.
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COVID-19 Resource Updates
United Way of Martin County is compiling information regarding COVID-19 resources for education, financial stability and health.