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United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Announces COVID-19 Recovery Fund

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Announces COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Friday, April 3, 2020

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) announces the launch of the UWMOC COVID-19 Recovery Fund to address the unmet needs of people economically impacted by this crisis. This fund will help ensure resources are available today, and in the months and years ahead, to assist residents during the recovery process—primarily through the organization’s Financial Success Center (FSC) Network. Working collectively with community partners and agencies, UWMOC will identify the gaps and prioritize the best use of resources to make the greatest impact. Funds raised are not intended to be directly distributed to the public, but rather to United Way’s partner organizations.

Donations to the UWMOC COVID-19 Recovery Fund will be generously matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 by the Grunin Foundation and New Jersey Natural Gas.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 39% of households in Monmouth and Ocean counties were already struggling to make ends meet according to the latest report by United Way of Northern New Jersey. These vulnerable households are often living paycheck to paycheck, at times forced to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table. The COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated this critical issue, and the number of families struggling will significantly increase both in the short- and long-term.

“We realize there are numerous issues that need attention, but United Way’s strength lies in our ability to convene resources and bridge gaps to provide a one-stop service for individuals and families who will desperately need this help,” said Lori-Anne McLane, UWMOC’s President & CEO. “So many people have been economically impacted by this crisis, but it’s hitting our low- to middle-income residents the hardest. We are working to ensure that our community has the financial guidance and support it needs as we move through this crisis. After the disaster ends, we are there for the long road ahead.”