United Way issues report on first seven weeks of COVID-19 response

$1.2M in grants, $710K in goods distributed March 20-May 8


Valley of the Sun United Way, serving Maricopa County for 95 years, recently released a COVID-19 report covering the organization’s first seven weeks of local response, March 20-May 8.

The report is available at vsuw.org/covidreport.

The United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund was launched to support nonprofit partners in the health and human services and education sectors, as well as schools in Maricopa County, according to a release.

The fund is intended to provide financial support related to immediate and immerging needs of organizations and the vulnerable individuals and families they serve, such as maintaining housing, securing food, access to reliable childcare, home sanitation supplies, and learning tools.

As of May 8, United Way raised $2.6 million and granted $1.2 million to local organizations. More than 37 companies and hundreds of individuals have donated to the fund so far.

“We are incredibly grateful for the quick and generous response by so many in our community. This pandemic touches every one of us and it’s heartening that businesses and individuals selflessly give to help those most devastated,” Carla Vargas Jasa, president and CEO of Valley of the Sun United Way, said in the release. “We’re proud of what we’ve done on behalf of our community so far, but our work is far from over. United Way will continue to work side-by-side with nonprofits, schools and the entire community to provide ongoing relief and, simultaneously, build toward recovery.”

Tthe report provides insight into the organization’s distribution of more than just in-kind goods, which are valued at more than $710,000, but also points to public policy and advocacy work and volunteerism. Additionally, the report highlights the response of its nonprofit partners, the release states.

To learn more about Valley of the Sun United Way’s United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund, or to make a contribution, go to vsuw.org/covid19fund or text Unitedfund to 51-555.

Valley of the Sun United Way

Valley of the Sun United Way unifies diverse partners, donors, business supporters, nonprofits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all, the release states.

United Way and its 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters and 5,000 volunteers fight to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children and youth succeed, ending hunger and homelessness, and increasing the financial stability of families. Go to vsuw.org.