Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund

When COVID-19 first hit the greater Twin Cities, community support and financial resources were urgently needed. As a result, we created the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund, which raised $5.1 million dollars.

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Through our collective efforts, we have helped more than 500,000 individuals and supported 126 nonprofit organizations.

As our community continues to navigate 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 made a huge impact. Our Community Impact team was quick and nimble distributing dollars into the community.

Questions and Answers

  • Where did the money go?

    100% of all funds went directly into the community to provide food, shelter, childcare, sanitary and hygiene supplies, and financial assistance. Because of your generous support, the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund was able to raise $5.1 million dollars.

    We were able to mobilize our broad network of nonprofit partners throughout the greater Twin Cities to provide resources to help our community. These organizations had a proven track record of working with United Way to deliver urgent resources and services. The fund supported both immediate needs and longer-term recovery efforts.

    Here are the grantees who 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
    Athletes Committed to Educating Students
    Avenues for Youth
    Baby’s Space: A Place to Grow
    Better Futures Minnesota
    Black Women’s Wealth Alliance
    Bolder Options
    Boys & Girls Club Little Earth
    Boys & Girls Club Mt. Airy
    Breakthrough Twin Cities
    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.
    Connections to Independence
    Cultural Wellness Center
    Division of Indian Work
    Dream of Wild Health
    East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc.
    Emerge Community Development
    Emma Norton Services
    Face to Face Health & Counseling Service
    Family Pathways
    Frogtown Neighborhood Association
    Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
    Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
    Guild Incorporated
    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
    Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis
    Joyce Preschool
    JustUs Health
    Ka Joog
    Karen Organization of Minnesota
    Keystone Community Services
    Kwanzaa Community Church (aka Liberty Community Church)
    Lao Center of Minnesota
    Loaves and Fishes Too, Inc.
    Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
    Merrick Community Services
    Metro Meals on Wheels
    Mid Minnesota Legal Aid
    Minneapolis American Indian Center
    Minnesota Alliance with Youth
    Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
    Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau
    Minnesota Urban Debate League
    Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc.
    Muslim American Society of Minnesota
    Neighborhood House
    North Star Network
    NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc.
    Northside Achievement Zone
    Northside Community Response Team
    Northside Economic Opportunity Network
    People Reaching out to People
    People Serving People
    Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Inc.
    Pillsbury United Communities
    Portico Healthnet
    Prepare + Prosper
    Project for Pride in Living, Inc.
    Project Success
    Saint Paul Labor Studies & Resource Center
    Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
    Science Museum of Minnesota
    Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc.
    Sewa-AIFW, Inc.
    Sholom Foundation
    Simpson Housing Services, Inc.
    Solid Ground
    Somali Success School
    Southeast Asian Refugee Community Home
    Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.
    Southside Family Nurturing Center
    St. David’s Child Development and Family Services
    St. Mary’s Health Clinics
    St. Paul Youth Services, Inc.
    St. Stephen’s Human Services, Inc.
    Summit Academy OIC
    The Banyan Community
    The Bridge for Youth
    The Family Partnership
    The Food Group
    The Link
    The Open Door
    The Salvation Army – Northern Division
    The Sanneh Foundation
    Touchstone Mental Health
    Twin Cities RISE!
    Ujamaa Place
    United Cambodian Association of Minnesota, Inc.
    Urban League Twin Cities
    Urban Strategies
    Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota
    Way to Grow
    Wellshare International
    Wilder Mental Health & Wellness
    Women of Nations
    Women’s Advocates, Inc.
    Working Partnerships, Inc.
    YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
    YWCA of Minneapolis
    YWCA of St. Paul

  • What is 211?

    United Way 211 is an easy-to-remember, three digit number 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.

  • Why did Greater Twin Cities United Way create the Response and Recovery Fund?

    The purpose of the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund was 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 has a long history of being on the front lines of community challenges. During crises, we are committed to sharing critical information with the public and leading recovery efforts.

  • COVID-19 is a health crisis. How did the money raised help?

    We know this is as much an economic crisis as a health crisis. As social distancing and self-quarantines became our new normal, we faced new economic challenges. Many industries saw sales plummet and many workers lost tips, wages, and/or jobs because of canceled events, business and school closures and quarantines. Whenever schools are closed, it also means kids 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 continues to play out, we will continue to provide vital services for those in need.

  • How can individuals and corporate partners help?

    The COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund is now closed for online donations. If you would like to learn more about the fund or additional ways to support our efforts, please contact Kittie Fahey at

  • 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 continuing to advocate in partnership with local and statewide nonprofits for Department of Human Services funding for critical services such as mental health support, childcare and more.

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
    Connexus Credit Union
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    General Dynamics
    General Mills Foundation
    Great Southern Bank
    Health E
    KPMG (FX)
    KARE 11
    Land O’Lakes, Inc.
    Liberty Diversified International (LDI)
    Lunds & Byerlys
    Mann Theatres
    Medica Foundation
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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.

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.

The COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund is now closed for online donations. If you would like to learn more about the fund or additional ways to support our efforts, please contact Kittie Fahey at