As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, United Way of Pierce County is closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus. Our top priority is to ensure the safety of staff and our community.
What is United Way of Pierce County doing right now?
Expanding our South Sound 211, in collaboration with Washington 211 and Washington State Health Department in order to support the statewide 800 number created for questions about the COVID-19 virus
Developing contingency plans, along with other agencies to prepare for this crisis
Communicating with other nonprofits to identify their needs
Working with Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, donors, family foundations and volunteers about supporting critical needs
Creating a special fund to support 211 and Basic Needs
WHAT HAS UNITED WAY OF PIERCE COUNTY DONE SO FAR?
Implemented our organizational emergency response plan
Encouraged employees to work from home if possible
Provided updates from Tacoma Pierce County Health Department on our website
Postponed upcoming events including “Celebrate Community” on April 16 and external meetings, unless they can be held virtually
We are working with local nonprofit organizations to help meet thier emergent needs.
How can you help?
Support your local non-profit agencies, many of whom had to cancel or reschedule fundraisers
Hold a donation drive to collect much-needed disinfecting wipes, cleaners and hand sanitizer
Put together hygiene kits for the homeless
Put together snack packs and/or meal packs for kids and families in need while schools and colleges are closed
Practice Social Distancing - a public health strategy attempting to prevent or slow the spread of an infectious pathogen like a virus. It includes any method to keep people as physically separate from each other because physical proximity is how many pathogens go from one body to another.
We encourage you to review the Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health website for up to date information regarding COVID-19. Questions - call (800) 525-0127 and press # to reach Washington State Department of Health's call center. The call center is open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days a week. For non-health, questions like business planning, support, and resources call (855) 722-5378.
Please feel free to go to our website at www.uwpc.org to learn more about our work.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.