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United Way announces Rebuild Tarrant County Fund for long-term COVID-19 recovery

Posted June 25, 2020

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United Way of Tarrant County has established the Rebuild Tarrant County Fund to provide long-term assistance to the community as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new fund replaces the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund and represents the organization’s shift from emergency response to ongoing recovery efforts.

Donations can be made online.

The announcement comes on the heels of an additional community investment of $793,268 from the Emergency Relief Fund, impacting more than 200,000 people in need. Total investment from the Emergency Relief Fund is $1.4 million, assisting more than 550,000 people.

In addition, more than $255,242 was allocated in May through federal and state grants administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County to provide meals to senior citizens through a partnership with Meals On Wheels and Sixty and Better. Total for this effort is $1,113,636. Since mid-March, more than 203,268 meals have been delivered to 2,480 senior citizens.

The Rebuild Tarrant County Fund is part of a new campaign, Reimagine Tarrant County – Rebuilding a Stronger Community, launching this week. The campaign focuses on rebuilding a more resilient community by helping lift those who have suffered devastating personal and economic losses since the onset of the virus.

View a brief video about the campaign.

“The pandemic has exposed broken places in our community and left those already marginalized in even more desperate situations,” said Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “We are asking everyone to take a moment to reimagine Tarrant County as a healthier and even more vibrant community. It will take all of us working together to help our families, friends and neighbors rebuild their lives.”

The new fund allows United Way of Tarrant County to provide much-needed support to the community as it heals from the pandemic. This includes providing funding for meals for senior citizens, students and families, assistance with rent, mortgages and utilities and other basic needs. The fund also will help create job development and training programs, educational programs for PreK-12 and college readiness, as well as programs for general and mental health.

United Way of Tarrant County recently allocated an additional $793,268 from its Emergency Relief Fund with $187,695 distributed to 16 nonprofits, $377,573 given to eight veteran services organizations and $228,000 going toward the purchase of personal protective equipment to help nonprofit organizations continue their day-to-day outreach and operations. The allocations are in addition to $670,000 previously announced, bringing the total community investment to $1.4 million.

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