FOX 4 News: UWMD Steps up to Help in Coronavirus Crisis | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

FOX 4 News: UWMD Steps up to Help in Coronavirus Crisis

This morning, Susan Hoff, Chief Impact and Strategy Officer here at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, appeared on FOX 4 NewsGood Day to speak about our North Texas community’s most pressing needs—and the newly launched UWMD Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund. During this crisis, United Way is well positioned to step in immediately and assess the needs of our community and the nearly 200 organizations we fund and partner with. From operating funds to basic needs like access to food, shelter and health services, we are working diligently to understand what’s needed most—and raising those resources to deploy to the greatest needs quickly. To learn more about the application process for nonprofits, the community partners who are stepping up to seed the fund and how you can contribute, watch the full interview here: 

Lauren Przybyl, FOX 4 News:
United Way is stepping up to help nonprofits in need during this Coronavirus crisis. Thanks in part to some big donations. Chief Impact Officer for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Susan Hoff, joins us live on the phone. Susan, good morning to you. 

Susan Hoff:
Good morning. 

Lauren Przybyl, FOX 4 News:
You know in tough times, many turn to the United Way hoping for some help. Your organization partners with 180 providers and partners: Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Casa, Goodwill. There‘s a huge list. Many were in need before this crisis. My heart just hurts thinking about what some are going through right now. The need has to be huge. 

Susan Hoff:
The need is huge. One of the things that United Way is well-positioned for is stepping in immediately and assessing those needs from our community partners; as you said, almost 200 organizations that we fund and partner with to really understand what those needs are. Just as you said, we’re hearing things like the need for operating funds to continue running, certainly issues around basic needs; getting food or access to food to folks out in the community, sources that provide health care, and then also resources for individuals who are challenged; those that are currently living in shelters or those that have other challenges in their life. Our nonprofit community is a critical lifeblood to our entire community to support us, not only in times of need but always. Figuring out what we need to do first and then quickly also raising those resources that we can deploy to the greatest needs quickly is what we’ve been about this week. 

Lauren Przybyl, FOX 4 News:
So, monetary donations’ obviously a huge help right now. I was taking a look at some of the items too that you guys have mentioned that you need. I mean, paper goods, hand sanitizer, childcare, after-school programs or programs that used to be for after school. I mean, there’s kids that still need food and then you’ve got these nonprofits who are just barely hanging on. You’re going to be doing an application process for United Way, some funding that could help those nonprofits and that’s going to launch what, next week? How’s this going to work? 

Susan Hoff:
Yes, we’ll launch the application for nonprofits on Monday and organizations can find the application on our website. It will be a quick turn, so we anticipate making first grants by the end of next week because we know that the need is so critical. We’re so pleased that we’ve had tremendous support, as you said, from strong community partners to seed this fund, the Texas Instruments Foundation, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, as well as many community members making donations which they can also do on our website. We anticipate many more contributions to this fund to help us keep this engine going.  

Lauren Przybyl, FOX 4 News:
Yeah, a shout out to those big donors. You see them on the screen. Texas Instruments, Bank of America, Wells Fargo. I think it’s important in times like this that we really look and see which companies are stepping up, who is stepping up to help those in need. $650,000 already collected? 

Susan Hoff:
Already. Yeah. Just this week. And that fund is growing. We also want to encourage. This is really a time that we can all contribute. Every contribution matters. Of course, we are so grateful to our corporate and foundation partners, but this is something that we can all make a difference. This is a way that we can help keep things going. There’s an opportunity for individuals to contribute to this fund at any time as well.  

Lauren Przybyl, FOX 4 News:
Every dollar helps. We say it all the time, but it’s true. Susan, thank you so much. We appreciate it. 

 

This article was published on: Mar 20, 2020