Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund

When you donate, you provide immediate support to those most vulnerable to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This is a critical time when community support and financial resources are urgently needed. When the threat of COVID-19 hit, we immediately connected with 95 nonprofit partners to identify the most pressing needs and created the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

When you give to the Fund, you provide immediate support such as food, shelter, childcare, sanitary and hygiene supplies and financial assistance to those most vulnerable to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 100% of your donation goes directly into the community. Donate here or text GTCUWCOVID19 to 51555.

As our community navigates the COVID-19 crisis, Greater Twin Cities United Way is committed to supporting those impacted by its effects and bringing the community together in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.

Funders of the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund include:

Ames Construction
American Family Insurance
Bremer Bank
General Mills
Great Southern Bank
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Medica Foundation
RBC Wealth Management
Securian Financial
Thrivent Foundation
United Way Worldwide


…and over 400 individual and family donors.

Questions and Answers

  • Why is Greater Twin Cities United Way creating a Response and Recovery fund?

    The purpose of the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is to provide immediate support to those most vulnerable to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including people experiencing poverty.

    Greater Twin Cities United Way is always on the front lines of community challenges. During crises, we are committed to sharing critical information with the public helping to lead recovery efforts.

  • This is a health crisis. How will money help?

    It’s as much an economic crisis as a health crisis. As social distancing and self-quarantines become our new normal, we’re facing new economic challenges. Many industries are seeing sales plummet, and many workers are losing tips, wages, or their jobs because of canceled events, business, and school closures and quarantines. Closed schools also mean that kids of all ages may not have access to breakfast or lunch.

    For more than 100 years Greater Twin Cities United Way has stepped up whenever the community needs us. As the pandemic plays out, we’re expecting community resources to be inundated and are mobilizing to provide vital services for those in need.

  • Where will the money go?

    100% of all funds go directly into the community to provide food, shelter, childcare, sanitary and hygiene supplies, and financial assistance.

    We are mobilizing our broad network of nonprofit partners throughout the Greater Twin Cities to provide resources to help our community. These organizations have a proven track record of working with United Way to deliver urgent resources and services.

    Below is the list of grantees who have received the initial disbursement of fund dollars.


    Ain Dah Yung Center

    Appetite for Change

    Avenues for Youth


    Casa de Esperanza

    Catholic Charities



    Cornerstone Advocacy Services

    Division of Indian Work

    East Side Neighborhood Services

    Family Pathways

    Frogtown Neighborhood Association

    Hallie Q. Brown Community Center


    Keystone Community Services

    Loaves and Fishes

    Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

    Merrick Community Services

    Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

    Neighborhood House

    NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center

    Pillsbury United Communities


    St. Stephen’s Human Services

    The Bridge for Youth

    The Link


    The Salvation Army

    360 Communities

    Women’s Advocates


  • How can individuals and corporate partners help?

    Individuals, as well as Greater Twin Cities United Way corporate partners, already are asking how they can help.

    There are two options:

    1) Visit to donate

    2) Text GTCUWCOVID19 to 51555 to donate.

    We will direct your dollars to where they’re needed most and steward donations responsibly.

  • Will there be reporting for donors?

    Yes. Greater Twin Cities United Way will create detailed reports that include where the donations will be distributed.

  • What else is Greater Twin Cities United Way doing?

    Our certified resource specialists are connecting people to resources and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Greater Twin Cities United Way 211 helpline. 211 is a three-digit number that families and individuals in Minnesota can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services. In addition, we are advocating in partnership with local and statewide nonprofits for Department of Human Services funding for critical services such as mental health support, childcare and more.


COVID-19 Resources

If you or someone you know is in need, dial 211 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211. Learn more about how United Way is continuing to support the community during this difficult time.


Ask Legislators to Support Nonprofits During COVID-19

We are working with partners to urge elected officials to support nonprofit organizations on the front line of community service in this pandemic response. These services are more important than ever, as disruptions in service delivery threaten to further exacerbate disparities in life outcomes among people of color, those with low incomes and seniors.
We invite you to endorse our letter to the Governor’s office and legislative leaders. See who has endorsed.

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