United Way & Howard and Tipton County Board of Commissioners Respond to Local Emergency Needs
March 20, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United Way and Howard and Tipton County Boards of Commissioners to Respond to Local Emergency Needs.
KOKOMO, IN – PRESS RELEASE – Working with a broad array of nonprofits, donors and volunteers across its two-county footprint, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties is launching an emergency fundraising effort in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties, the Howard County Board of Commissioners, Tipton County Board of Commissioners, and our social service partners are committed to ensuring that our most vulnerable families have the support they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.
“This fund will allow United Way to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need and working with unbudgeted expenses related to COVID-19,” said Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman
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.
“United Way has a strong history in Howard and Tipton Counties of stepping up when our citizens are in need. We know, on a normal day, that nearly 50% of our residents struggle to make ends meet. Add in a pandemic and business closures, and we know our most vulnerable citizens are even more at risk. We want to do everything possible to ensure our hardest hit families come through on the other side” – Abbie Smith
Nearly one-fourth of the households are ALICE, Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed—a term United Way uses to describe the demographic they 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.
“We know these challenges can feel overwhelming. If you are in need of assistance, please call 765-457-HELP or text ACCESS to 85511. We are fortunate to be part of a community where people come together to help each other. We will get through this one day at a time,” said Jim Mullins, Tipton County Commissioner
Donations can be made securely at unitedwayhoco.org, 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 UnitedWayHoCo.org