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.
"This has been a stressful and difficult time, and when we learned about the funding, it was honestly such a relief. United Way is quickly allocating resources to organizations like ours working on the front lines. To hear from an existing funder saying we were receiving dollars automatically—no application needed—just demonstrated the level of trust we’ve built with United Way. "
"Right now, with schools and programs closed, this is an isolating time. But some good has come out of it. Parents are getting more connected to their children’s education and building stronger relationships. At the end of the day, we’re in this together. "
"Our food shelf is handling three times the number of new clients- many of whom thought they would never need a food shelf. The grant from Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund came at just the right time—we are thrilled to get it. "
"I was relieved. Instead of wondering how we could handle the increased demand, the grant allowed us to focus on serving our individuals and families. We are so appreciative of United Way, as well as the community’s generosity, so we can feed our hungry neighbors. "
"COVID-19 is hitting people experiencing poverty the hardest. During the first two weeks of the pandemic, there was a significant uptick of people coming through our doors who had never received services. We usually have about five new clients each month and now we’re seeing more than 300—and that number is still climbing. "
"This will help us continue to meet the needs of our community, as we innovate and respond to what we are hearing from our constituents. We are so grateful for the ongoing support and partnership from GTCUW! "
Funders of the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund include:
3MAmes ConstructionAmerican Family InsuranceAndersen Corporate FoundationB+D Custom CraftsBlack River SystemsBremer BankBurns and McDonnellCenterPoint EnergyCargillCHSComcastMedica Foundation
Connexus Credit UnionDeloitteGeneral DynamicsGeneral MillsGreat Southern BankHealth EKPMG (FX)KARE 11Land O’Lakes, Inc.LDILunds & ByerlysMann TheatresTravelers
Medtronic FoundationOtto Bremer TrustPacket Power, LLCPentairPNCPwCRBC Wealth ManagementRight NetworksSeagate TechnologyTEGNA FoundationThrivent FoundationThe Toro Company
...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.
Ain Dah Yung Center
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
Better Futures Minnesota
Black Women’s Wealth Alliance
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
Community Emergency Service
Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, Inc.
Cultural Wellness Center
Division of Indian Work
East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.
Emma Norton Services
Face to Face Health & Counseling Service
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
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
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
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.
Summit Academy OIC
Teamsters Service Bureau
The Bridge for Youth
The Family Partnership
The Food Group
The Open Door
The Salvation Army
The Sanneh Foundation
United Cambodian Association of Minnesota, Inc
Urban League Twin Cities
Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota
Way To Grow
Women of Nations
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 Jeff.Halbur@gtcuw.org. 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 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.
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 Jeff.Halbur@gtcuw.org. We appreciate your interest in supporting the greater twin cities community during this critical time.