Meijer donates to United Way COVID-19 fund

United Way Serving Howard and Tipton Counties Receives Meijer Gift for COVID-19 Relief

KOKOMO, IN – PRESS RELEASE – Meijer has generously donated $13,000 to the United Way COVID-19 emergency fund. 

“Meijer is founded on the belief that our purpose is to enrich lives in the communities we serve. Our partnership with United Way spans generations here at Meijer and we are all so grateful for the important work United Way does in our community every day. These are unprecedented times, and as we all work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to recognize the many organizations like United Way that are on the front lines, delivering emergency services to those in need.” – Rick Keyes, President and CEO of Meijer

“We are incredibly thankful for the donation from Meijer. These funds will position us to quickly deploy financial resources to community- based organizations that are offering emergency relief to individuals and families.” – Abbie Smith 

According to Smith “Nearly one-fourth of the households in Howard and Tipton Counties are ALICE, Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed—a term United Way uses to describe the demographic we serve. These households make just a little too much to qualify for public assistance, but not enough to fully meet their basic budget—let alone set aside any savings for a safety net when crises hit.”

As the pandemic unfolds, United Way is partnering with nonprofits to make sure supports are in place, to help struggling families who are being hit the hardest right now with unbudgeted expenses.”

According to Keyes “The essential services United Way provides day after day offer hope, stability and the building blocks for a good quality of life for every member of our community. Today, the work United Way is doing is even more vital. We felt it was important to act swiftly to not only contribute to the efforts but to ensure the United Way receives these funds right away so they can help those who need it most.”

“The challenges our families are facing today can be overwhelming, we are here to help. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out via 765-457-HELP, text ACCESS to 85511, visit or”- Abbie Smith

Donations can be made securely at, by calling 765-457-HELP (4357) or by mailing a check to 210 W Walnut St, Kokomo, IN 46901.


About United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties

United Way of Howard and Tipton Counties fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Using community input, the non-profit crafts local impact plans that work to end generational poverty. In Howard and Tipton counties, United Way is working to put children on a pathway out of poverty with the #75in5 initiative, with the goal of having 75% of children ready to learn by Kindergarten. Learn more at

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