COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

Supporting those impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis

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The United Way Bay Area COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will address needs by bringing together UWBA’s broad community network, knowledge of organized labor, our corporate partners, local government agencies, schools, and other community-based organizations. As part of its long-standing association with the labor movement, UWBA will work with the AFL-CIO to distribute information on resources available to assist with needs and living expenses.The reach of United Way Bay Area positions us locally to identify and bring critical resources together for those who need help.

Press Releases

5.07.2020 -United Way Bay Area COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Distributes $4.3 Million, More Support Needed.(PDF)

3.31.20 -United Way Bay Area Launches COVID-19 Community Relief Fund for Eight Counties-Donations will support 211 services and nonprofits assisting those hit hardest by crisis.(PDF)

Nonprofit Organization Fund Grantee List

View full grantee list here.


Funding Focus

Thank you to our generous donors who have contributed to our COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Because of you, we have raised $5.4 million and distributed $4.9 million to over 130 nonprofits (as of 10/7/2020) across eight Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano). View the list of fund grantees .

The United Way Bay Area COVID19 Community Relief Fund contributions will support local Bay Area organizations and their short term and long-term response services in four key impact areas:

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COVID-19 Community Relief Fund FAQ

What counties will be covered by the COVID-19 Community Relief Funds?

The funds will cover United Way Bay Area’s 8 county service areas: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties.

How will COVID-19 Community Relief Funds be distributed?

UWBA will distribute resources based on our assessment of local needs and the opportunity to fill gaps in services and leverage other philanthropic resources. We will make decisions on fund distribution with significant insights from our community members and partners.

Can I direct my gift to a specific county?

If you wish to direct your gift to a specific county, please add a comment to your donation using the following parameters: COVID-19-[county name]. (Example: COVID-19-Alameda County).

What will funding be used for?

The collected funds will be applied to immediate and long-term recovery assistance for residents and community agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties. Relief efforts may include providing basic needs services to individuals and assisting non-profit agencies serving vulnerable populations.

Who will decide how COVID-19 Community Relief Funds will be spent?

United Way staff and volunteers will work in collaboration with other funders to coordinate and leverage our donations. We have strong working relationships with philanthropic organizations and government entities that are also responding to the pandemic. We will work with well-respected non-profit agencies that are responding to the immediate needs of residents and are positioned to provide services for long-term recovery such as mental health counseling and case management.

Will there be an administrative charge applied to relief fund donations?

To support administrative and processing costs, a 5% fee will be withheld from all fund contributions.

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