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COVID-19 Response

Supporting human service needs during economic distress associated with COVID-19

The Issue


As a result of the coronavirus crisis, our most critical nonprofit organizations that serve on the front lines of any community emergency (shelters, food pantries, healthcare organizations) are already feeling the strain and expect an increased demand for services while simultaneously navigating decreased financial resources.


Nonprofit organizations may also face challenges providing support due to decreased workforce and a shortage of volunteers to sustain their respective missions. The operational challenges are mounting at a time when the needs may become unprecedented.

Our Response


United Way and Foundation For The Carolinas have launched a fundraising effort, the COVID-19 Response Fund. In partnership with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, corporations, houses of faith and others, the fund will support organizations helping to serve the needs of residents in Mecklenburg County impacted by the crisis, especially our most vulnerable populations.

Donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund

Your generous contribution will support Charlotte-Mecklenburg community members impacted by coronavirus.

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Grant Application

  Please review our funding guidelines and complete the application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The next deadline for grant submission is April 3, 2020.
 

NC 2-1-1

  Visit NC 2-1-1 for information about resources available for the community during this statewide response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
 

More Ways to Help

CharMeck Responds Coalition

  Looking for opportunities to serve Charlotte? CharMeck Responds Coalition offers resources and ways to volunteer in response to COVID-19.
 

How to Share from Home

  Our partner, Share Charlotte, has made it easy for you to SHARE from home by helping the organizations serving Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
 

In The News

LendingTree makes $1 million commitment to launch community-wide fund aiding those affected by COVID-19 crisis

Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas launch the COVID-19 Response Fund to support a range of organizations assisting members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, particularly those most vulnerable.

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The Howard R. Levine Foundation and Truist Financial Corporation each commit $1 million to COVID-19 Response Fund

The Howard R. Levine Foundation and Truist Financial Corporation announced Tuesday that they are donating $1 million each to the COVID-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dais X commits $15,000 to COVID-19 Response Fund supporting City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County community members impacted by coronavirus

Charlotte-based Dais X is donating $15,000 to a community-wide fund launched by Foundation For the Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas to assist those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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NC 2-1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID-19

Governor Roy Cooper has announced that 2-1-1 is the number to call for assistance and resources related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. United Way of Central Carolinas has continued to provide support to bring 2-1-1 to the Charlotte region.

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Carolina Panthers Owner David Tepper and Bank of America each commit $1 million to COVID-19 Response Fund

The David A. Tepper Charitable Foundation and Bank of America each announced they are donating $1 million apiece to the COVID-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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C.D. Spangler Foundation and National Gypsum add $1 million to COVID-19 Response Fund

The C.D. Spangler Foundation and National Gypsum announced a $1 million commitment to the COVID-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coca-Cola Consolidated adds $1 million to COVID-19 Response Fund, raising overall total to more than $11 million

Coca-Cola Consolidated announced it is donating $1 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Response Fund awards nearly $3 million to 14 local nonprofits aiding victims of coronavirus crisis in first round of grants

Nearly $3 million has been awarded to 14 nonprofits in the first round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund, launched by United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation for the Carolinas.

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On The Blog

Pulling Together During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020

THE ISSUE   As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, our most critical nonprofit organizations that serve on the front lines of any community…

LendingTree commits $1M to COVID-19 Response Fund launched by Foundation For the Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas

March 16, 2020

Charlotte-based LendingTree announced Monday that it is donating $1 million to a community-wide fund to assist those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Foundation For The…

Get the Answers: FAQs about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020

As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, United Way of Central Carolinas is closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of Coronavirus…