Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund

This is a critical time when community support and financial resources are urgently needed—that’s why we’ve created the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund.

Through our collective efforts, we have helped 254,000 individuals and supported 107 nonprofit organizations.

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.

In a short period of time, in partnership with individuals and corporations, the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund has made a huge impact in the greater Twin Cities and beyond. Since the fund starts in mid March, our Community Impact Team has been quick and nimble in getting it back into the community.

United Way in Action

There are real human beings behind the statistics. These COVID-19 impact stories are a testament to why we do what we do.

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

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    Ames Construction
    American Family Insurance
    Andersen Corporate Foundation
    B+D Custom Crafts
    Black River Systems
    Bremer Bank
    Burns and McDonnell
    CenterPoint Energy
    Medica Foundation
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    Connexus Credit Union
    General Dynamics
    General Mills
    Great Southern Bank
    Health E
    KPMG (FX)
    KARE 11
    Land O’Lakes, Inc.
    Lunds & Byerlys
    Mann Theatres
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    Medtronic Foundation
    Otto Bremer Trust
    Packet Power, LLC
    RBC Wealth Management
    Right Networks
    Seagate Technology
    TEGNA Foundation
    Thrivent Foundation
    The Toro Company
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    ...and over 1,000 individual and family donors.

Questions and Answers

  • Where is the money going?

    100% of all funds go directly into the community to provide food, shelter, childcare, sanitary and hygiene supplies, and financial assistance. With your generous support, $4.5 million has been contributed to the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund to date with $2.8 million benefiting our local region. Several national corporations based in the Twin Cities are partnering with Greater Twin Cities United Way to distribute the remaining $1.7 million to other United Ways in markets where they have a presence.

    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. Our fund is designed to support immediate needs and longer-term recovery efforts.

    So far, $1.215 million has been released in under 2 months to 107 non-profit organizations addressing critical COVID-19 needs. We will continue to disburse funding in waves until late summer. Below is the list of grantees who have received funding.


    360 Communities
    Ain Dah Yung Center
    All Square
    American Indian OIC, Inc.
    Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
    Appetite for Change
    Asian Economic Development Association
    Avenues for Youth
    Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow
    Banyan Community
    Better Futures Minnesota
    Black Women’s Wealth Alliance
    Bolder Options
    Casa de Esperanza
    Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Mpls
    Center for Economic Inclusion
    Center for Victims of Torture
    Centro Tyrone Guzman
    Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
    Clare Housing
    CommonBond Communities
    Community Emergency Service
    Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, Inc.
    Corners Cornerstone
    Cultural Wellness Center
    Division of Indian Work
    East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.
    Emma Norton Services
    Face to Face Health & Counseling Service
    Family Pathways
    Frogtown Neighborhood Association
    Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
    Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc.
    Headway Emotional Health Services
    Hmong American Partnership
    Hope Community, Inc.
    Intercongregation Communities Association
    Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
    International Institute of Minnesota
    Joyce Preschool
    JustUs Health
    Ka Joog
    Karen Organization of Minnesota
    Keystone Community Services
    Lao Center of Minnesota
    Liberty Community Church
    Loaves and Fishes Too, Inc.
    Lutheran Social Service
    Merrick Community Services
    Metro Meals on Wheels
    Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
    Minneapolis American Indian Center
    Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
    Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc.
    Muslim American Association of Minnesota
    Neighborhood House
    NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc.
    Northside Achievement Zone
    Northside Community Response Team
    Northside Economic Opportunity Network
    People Reaching out to People
    People Serving People Charities
    Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Inc.
    Pillsbury United Communities
    Portico Healthnet
    Prepare + Prosper
    Project for Pride in Living, Inc.
    Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
    Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency
    SEWA-AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness)
    Sholom Community Alliance
    Simpson Housing Services, Inc.
    Somali Success School
    Southside Family Nurturing Center
    St. David’s Child Development and Family Services
    St. Mary’s Health Clinics
    St. Paul Labor Studies & Resource Center
    St. Paul Youth Services, Inc.
    St. Stephen’s
    Summit Academy OIC
    Teamsters Service Bureau
    The Bridge for Youth
    The Family Partnership
    The Food Group
    The Link
    The Open Door
    The Salvation Army
    The Sanneh Foundation
    Ujamaa Place
    United Cambodian Association of Minnesota, Inc
    Urban League Twin Cities
    Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota
    Way To Grow
    Women of Nations
    Women’s Advocates
    Working Partnership
    YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
    YWCA of Minneapolis
    YWCA of St. Paul

  • What is 211?

    United Way 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit number that families and individuals in Minnesota can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services. Callers to 211 are provided referrals to community resources based on the needs they describe to our information and referral specialists.  The highest priority needs voiced by 211 callers are in the areas of housing, food, and clothing and household items such as soap and personal hygiene products.  211 referrals are cumulative since March 16, 2020.

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

    The purpose of the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response  & 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 the 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.

  • How can individuals and corporate partners help?

    Currently the fund is closed for on-line donations. If you would like to support the fund or have any questions about it, please contact Jeff Halbur at We appreciate your interest in supporting the greater twin cities community during this critical time.

  • 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 helpline211 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.

Thank you for your interest in the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.  If you would like to support the fund or have any questions about it, please contact Jeff Halbur at We appreciate your interest in supporting the greater twin cities community during this critical time.