We may be small, but we are mighty!! Because of the help of donors, our partner agencies, and volunteers we were able to respond quickly by aligning and coordinating resources for our local community. To date, we have helped thousands of community members, and made sure that our non-profit partners and other agencies helping the most vulnerable have what they need. The community's support has been an invaluable help during this effort.
During the ever-changing situation, we remain especially concerned about the resources available and the financial stability of our ALICE population (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, aka: Idaho’s working poor) as many hourly wage workers are being laid off without pay and unemployment benefits are delayed. Because of this, we will continue to respond with immediate solutions.
Here are some of the actions we have taken to help our community and our nonprofit partners do their work:
- In the first days of the crisis, United Way made the decision to distribute the 4th quarter grant funding totaling over $115,000 to our 30 non-profit partners. The agencies used the funding at their discretion supporting people-facing programs that were experiencing extreme stress from increased demand and decreased donations.
- We are regularly checking in with both our partner agencies and other community non-profits providing services to make sure they have everything they need to get the job done. When they need assistance, we work to acquire what is needed.
- We kept updated information regarding the resources available to the community on our website. Our volunteers regularly check and update to see if programs and times of availability are changed, identifying any holes in information, knowledge and resource access within our community.
- We put together a small cadre of volunteers and staff who took calls or were referred home-bound individuals that need basic essential items, but could not shop. We shopped and dropped these items off for them.
- During the wide-ranging supply disruptions, we obtained thousands of rolls of toilet paper and large quantities of hygiene products to be distributed to home-bound seniors and vulnerable individuals.
- Purchased several hundred pounds of fresh produce to be included in food boxes and meals being distributed to families and individuals.
- We distributed an additional 730 25 lb. fresh produce boxes to 10 food pantries and meal programs in our service area.
- Purchased vast quantities of baby formula and diapers to be distributed to families without supplies for their infants and toddlers.
- Supplied two weeks supply of healthy snacks and meals to 100 elementary students after schools closed.
- Supported the transportation costs of 275,000 donated diapers to be distributed throughout Eastern Idaho.
- Supported the transportation costs for a large donation of food to be distributed by area food pantries.
- Purchased masks for frontline volunteers who continue to deliver Meals on Wheels and distribute meals at the Soup Kitchen and many regional food pantries.
- Provided funding for the purchase several thousand take away/delivery containers for several agencies that provide daily meals.
- Funded over ten thousand dollars in rental assistance for families due to job loss because of COVID-19.
As of mid-August, United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County has distributed $165,000 to area nonprofits for crisis programs.
These are unprecedented times and they call for us to work together faster and more efficiently than we ever have before. Our community spirit of collaboration is going to get us all through this.
Thank you. Your support has helped us make this all possible in our community’s most critical hour. Because if you, we can continue to react quickly and efficiently. Click HERE if you would still like to contribute to our efforts.
It may not be a good time to shake hands or hug your friends, but it’s a very good time to LIVE UNITED.