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United Way's Response to COVID-19

At United Way of Gordon County, the health and safety of our community is a top priority. Like many, we are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and will be following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdventHealth Gordon, and local city and county health departments.

Here are some of the actions United Way is taking to help keep our community healthy. We are working with our community partners, schools, and health professionals to provide and share reliable and available resources in the Calhoun-Gordon County community. We are also sharing free and available resources for food.

COVID-19 Response + Recovery Fund for Gordon County

During times of uncertainty and crisis, the people of Calhoun-Gordon County have always come together to support one another. COVID-19 is a new test of our collective strength. With businesses closing and layoffs being announced -- unemployment is on-the-rise.

Your generosity will help families and people in need by giving them access to critical information and services like food, utility assistance, shelter, and rent assistance. 100% of your donation will provide relief to those left vulnerable by the pandemic in Gordon County.

Your donation to the United Way COVID-19 Response + Recovery Fund can help our community at its most vulnerable.

Available Resources for Basic Needs & Health

If you are looking to help or need help, we have added a COVID-19 Community Resource section below. This page will continue to be updated as we gather new information on efforts from our partners on behalf of the community. If you are a nonprofit providing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, please email United Way and we will add your services to the list below. Click on an item below for more information.

Available Resources for Education & Volunteering

Additional Resources for Calhoun-Gordon County

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to help? Here are the available volunteer opportunities in our community.

  • Donate Money - Donate to United Way. Your proceeds directly support our partner agencies that help with food and shelter. Here is a list of our partner agencies and how your donation can help.
  • Check on Housebound and Elderly Neighbors  - To protect you and the housebound individual, give them a call or send them a text. Ask if they need any essentials or if they have enough food, etc. and leave it at their front door. Communicating and taking care of our neighbors is something we can do all year long.

    The Voluntary Action Center's (VAC) Community Kitchen will continue to provide hot meals "To-Go" from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from their office lobby. They ask that anyone who is sick to stay at home. They will provide To-Go plates to all individuals. If you would like to deliver meals to elderly neighbors, you may pick-up To-Go Boxes at the VAC. All you will need is their name and date of birth.

  • Donate Supplies to Local Food Banks - With many store shelves feeling bare, and the amount of panic stockpiling taking place – area food banks are struggling more than ever with the growing demand for their services. So, the next time you find yourself at the store, consider purchasing additional products and produce (sustainably) for area food banks like the Voluntary Action Center, a United Way partner.

    The VAC's Food Pantry will continue to operate from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Their staff will verbally verify your information and will not be punching cards. All are encouraged to pick up food on behalf of an individual, but you must be able to provide their name, date of birth, and home address.

    Your gift to United Way supports the Voluntary Action Center who serves free daily meals and donates food to the community via their food bank.

  • Donate Blood - Blood is always in high demand, but the combination of social isolating and quarantining, plus increased admissions to hospitals, means that a severe shortage could be very possible. Right now, the American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointment to help maintain a sufficient blood product supply and avoid any potential shortages. The Red Cross also urges organizations to maintain scheduled blood drives. Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets. The Red Cross is urging all eligible, healthy donors to give blood now.

    The next blood drive is scheduled for March 17 - 20 and March 23 - 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 112 John Maddox Drive NW, Rome, GA.

    Your gift to United Way ensures that our partner agencies, like the Red Cross, are there to help in the event of a crisis.

 

Upcoming Events

All United Way meetings scheduled for the months of March, April, and May have been scheduled as virtual meetings. Dancing with the Stars has been postponed (click here to read more).

 

Other Resources

 

Office Closure

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and support efforts to promote social distancing, the United Way office will be closed to the public effective March 16, 2020 until further notice. As a social service agency, we do not take our role lightly, which is why our staff will continue to work remotely to ensure that our partner agencies and community get the support they need during this critical time. The United Way staff will be working remotely and will continue to be available by email, phone, or virtually.

Our partners, schools, local businesses, churches, and healthcare providers are working around the clock to ensure every person in our community has food and resources to get through these unprecedented times. We hope this online resource will help provide assistance and share the growing needs in our community. We are working to keep our website up-to-date as regularly as possible with resources and opportunities to help and help others. If you know of a service being provided in our community, send us a message and we will add it to our site!

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