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Coronavirus Emergency Fund

covid-19 emergency fund

The Town of Palm Beach United Way created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund in March 2020 to provide support to Palm Beach County residents impacted by the novel coronavirus.  Grants have been distributed to local nonprofits to assist individuals and families with short-term needs such as food, childcare and medical supplies, and long-term needs such as housing, financial assistance and virtual learning. 

FUND DISTRIBUTIONS

100% of donations to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund are being dispersed to local nonprofit agencies providing food, childcare, baby supplies, medical equipment, telehealth services, virtual learning, financial assistance and other vital social services during this public health crisis.

To date, the fund has distributed more than $1 million to 44 agencies thanks to several matching gifts and the generous Palm Beach community. 
The Town of Palm Beach United Way has distributed funds to the following organizations.

Adopt-A-Family
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
Alzheimer’s Community Care
American Association of Caregiving Youth
ARC of the Glades
ARC of Palm Beach County
Best Buddies
Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm beach county
Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope
Caridad Center
Catholic Charities
Center for Child Counseling
Clinics Can Help
The Cotton Bottom Diaper Bank
CROS Ministries
El Sol
Families First
Farmworker Coordinating Council
Faulk Center for Counseling
Feed the Hungry Pantry
Feeding South Florida
Genesis Community Health
The Glades Initiative
Habitat for Humanity
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
Homeless Coalition
HomeSafe
Legal Aid Society
Milagro Center
Palm Beach County Food Bank
Palm Beach county Medical Society
Palm Beach Habilitation Center
Project LIFT
Promise Fund of Florida
Quantum Foundation
Seagull Services
St. Ann Place
The Lord’s Place
The Salvation Army
Urban League of Palm Beach County
Urban Youth Impact
YMCA of the Palm Beaches
YMCA of South Palm Beach County
YWCA of palm beach county

 

Click here for a list of donors.
 

ppe packs

Thanks to community donations, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has also distributed several hundred PPE packs to our partner agencies that have clients in need.
The packs include masks, antibacterial soap, thermometers, hand sanitizer and wipes.

               

healthcare heroes

The Town of Palm Beach United Way sent 300 care packages to employees of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach to thank them for their incredible service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The packages were prepared by United Way volunteers and delivered to the hospital on Wednesday, October 28. 
Each package included a Publix gift card, Pumphouse coffee coupon, hand lotion, Starbucks instant coffee, Brown Bag Popcorn, candy, lip balm, and a few other items.
The packages were constructed based on recommendations from nurses and hospital staff.
 
          
 

Thousands of Palm Beach County residents have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, especially at-risk populations such as seniors and healthcare workers, and low-income individuals and families living in disadvantaged communities.  Residents need help dealing with health challenges, managing caregiving duties, putting food on the table, recovering lost income, overcoming mental health issues and more. 

Please click the link below to donate to the fund. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

press releases:

October 26, 2020 - Palm Beach United Way sends care packages to healthcare workers at Good Samaritan
June 8, 2020 - New $50,000 matching gift from Palm Beach residents Mickey and Larry Beyer
May 28, 2020 -
 New matching gifts from Christine and Alan Curtis and Mary and Marvin Davidson boost COVID-19 Fund

Click here for past releases.

from the palm beach daily news:

September 23, 2020 - Palm Beach United Way Coronavirus Fund raises $1.5 million
August 13, 2020 - Local COVID-19 relief efforts: How you can help
June 4, 2020 - United Way COVID fund's new gifts total $75K
May 19, 2020 - Another couple pledges matching gift to United Way

coronavirus resources

covid-19 information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Florida Department of Health - http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html
Coronavirus Hotline is 866-779-6121 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Or, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.
Palm Beach County - 
http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/Updates.aspx
Town of Palm Beach - https://www.townofpalmbeach.com/973/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19
Palm Beach County School District - https://palmbeachschools.org/students_parents/health_services/coronavirus_disease_2019__covid_19

food assistance

For information on food pantries, grocery distribution and hot meal services call 2-1-1 or visit https://211palmbeach.org/coronavirus
Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach - Food Delivery for Seniors
Boca Helping Hands - Groceries by appointment

Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, Inc. - Hot meals and food cards for cancer patients
Coalition for Independent Living Options - Food Assistance for individuals with disabilities
CROS Ministries -
CROS Food Pantries
El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center - Food and Gift Card Distribution
Farmworker Coordinating Council - Food Pantry in Lake Worth and Belle Glade
Feed the Hungry Pantry of PBC - Grocery Distribution
Feeding South Florida - Drive-thru Grocery Distribution
FLIPANY - Grab-N-Go Free Meals for ages 18 and younger
Florida Department of Children and Families - Food and Medical Assistance

The Glades Initiative - Glades Area Food Program
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies - Emergency pantry for infants
Hospitality Helping Hands - Hot Meal and Grocery Distributions
Meals on Wheels - Frozen dinners for homebound seniors
Palm Beach County Food Bank - Food Pantries throughout Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Youth Services Department - Summer meals for kids

Palm Beach County School District - Grab and Go meal bags for students
St Ann's Place - Food Pantry
Tree of Life Resource Center - Drive Thru Food Distribution
United Way of Palm Beach County - Food Finder Map
Vita Nova - Grab-n-Go lunches for young adults

mental health services

Alpert Jewish Family Service - Virtual Support Groups
Center for Child Counseling - Child and Family Trauma
Center for Family Services - Individual and Family Counseling
Children's Home Society - Tele-counseling Services
Drug Abuse Treatment Association - Behavioral Health Services
Families First - Family Strengthening and Behavioral Health
Mental Health America - Mental Health Resources
NAMI Palm Beach County - Virtual Support Groups
Palm Beach County Youth Services - Tele-Mental Health Services
Palm Beach Vet Center - Veteran Services

financial assistance and employment

For the most up to date information in your area please call 2-1-1 or visit https://211palmbeach.org/coronavirus
CareerSource Palm Beach County - Job Search
Catholic Charities - Mortgage, Rent and Utilities Assistance
Community Action - Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Florida Department of Children and Families - OUR Florida federally funded Emergency Rental Assistance program
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity -
Reemployment Assistance Program
Legal Aid Society - Tenant, Mortgage, Reemployment and Income Tax Resources
MyFreeTaxes - IRS Tax Returns
Palm Beach County - Rent, Relocation and Utility Assistance
Palm Beach County - Mortgage Assistance Program
Palm Beach County - Utility Assistance
The Salvation Army - Rent and Utility Assistance
West Palm Beach -
COVID-19 Rental Eviction Protection
 

childcare and education

Children's Services Council - Educational Activities and Learning Tips
Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County -
Parent and Family Resources and Information
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast - Digital Learning Content
Palm Beach County Cultural Council - Virtual Cultural Experiences, Tours and Classes
Palm Beach County School District - Digital Learning Information and Resources
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society - Virtual Field Trips
Primetime Palm Beach County - Expanded Learning Opportunities
The Cotton Bottom Diaper Bank - Free Diapers for Babies
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium - Virtual Science Programs
West Palm Beach Community Events Division - DIY Family Event Guide
West Palm Beach Mandel Public Library - Online Library Resources and Activities
YMCA of the Palm Beaches - Childcare, Wellness and Activities
YMCA of South Palm Beach County - Childcare, Wellness and Activities

testing sites and healthcare services

Palm Beach County has created an interactive map that provides the nearest COVID-19 testing sites to your location. Click the link below.
Palm Beach County COVID-19 Testing Sites Map
LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics offer testing in "various locations" which are not mapped. Click below for a complete list of testing sites.
Palm Beach County COVID-19 Testing Sites
Genesis Community Health - Drive Thru Testing in Lake Worth
For additional information on healthcare services in your area please call 2-1-1 or visit 
https://211palmbeach.org/emergency-palmbeach

other

Artist Relief - Financial and Informational Resources
Clinics Can Help -
Masks and medical supplies
Freelancers Relief Fund - Financial Assistance to cover lost income
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League -
Adoption and Pet/Animal Assistance