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Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Town of Palm Beach United Way has created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to assist Palm Beach County residents with short-term needs such as food and childcare, and long-term needs such as housing and financial assistance as a result of the novel coronavirus. 

To date, the fund has raised more than $1.3 million thanks to several matching gifts and the generous Palm Beach community.

matching gift contributors:

Thanks to these generous contributors, any donation you give will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Christine and Alan Curtis   |   $50,000   |   Needs Community Match
Julie and Mike Connors  |  $50,000  |  Matched
Mary and Marvin Davidson   |   $25,000   |   Matched
Christina Dennis  |  $50,000  |  Matched
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation  |  $50,000  |  Matched
Bob and Signa Hermann   |   $25,000   |   Matched
Michele and Howard Kessler  |  $50,000  |  Matched
Dorothy and Sidney Kohl   |   $50,000   |   Matched
Danielle Hickox Moore, Mary Alice Fortin Foundation  |  $50,000  |  Matched
John and Jana Scarpa  |  $50,000  |  Matched
Sally and Bill Soter  |  $25,000  |  Matched
A. Alfred Taubman Foundation  |  $50,000  |  Matched
Susan and Dom Telesco   |   $50,000   |   Matched
Norma and Bill Tiefel  |  $50,000  |  Matched
Susan and Bob Wright  |  $25,000  |  Matched

Thousands of Palm Beach County residents are being 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. 

Our community needs your support now more than ever before.  Please click the link below to donate to the fund. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

fund distributions

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

To date, we have distributed funding to 28 organizations. Click the link below to learn more.

 grant recipients 

press releases:

May 28, 2020 - New matching gifts from Christine and Alan Curtis and Mary and Marvin Davidson boost COVID-19 Fund
May 7, 2020 - New matching gift from donors Susan and Dom Telesco to support COVID-19 relief efforts
April 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Fund reaches $1 million; new matching gift pledged by Bob and Signa Hermann

Click here for past releases.

from the palm beach daily news:

May 19, 2020 - Another couple pledges matching gift to United Way
May 5, 2020 -
 Coronavirus Florida: United Way COVID fund grows
April 21, 2020 - Palm Beach United Way pledged more $1 million for emergency fund
April 13, 2020 - Palm Beachers support COVID-19 relief initiatives
April 6, 2020 - Palm Beachers boost United Way, Community Foundation efforts
March 21, 2020 - Palm Beach United Way Coronavirus Emergency Fund hits $200K
March 16, 2020 - Coronavirus in Florida: Palm Beachers practicing social distance, but not indifference

ways to help

looking to volunteer?

CLICK HERE to see a list of volunteer opportunities in Palm Beach County.

The following organizations are accepting item donations:

Adopt-A-Family
(bleach, Lysol, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent)
Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
1320 Henrietta Avenue, West Palm Beach
561-514-0564

Clinics Can Help
(wheelchairs, walkers, beds and other medical supplies)
561-640-2995

Farmworker Coordinating Council
(food, unused shoes, diapers, toiletries, baby supplies)
1123 Crestwood Boulevard, Lake Worth, 33460
561-533-7227

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
(formula, baby food, diapers, baby clothing, baby blankets)
561-623-2800

The following organizations are accepting food donations:
CROS Ministries, Lake Worth - 561-233-9009 x103
Palm Beach County Food Bank, Lantana - 561-670-2518 x315

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 211palmbeach.org/emergency-palmbeach
Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach - Food Delivery for Seniors
Boca Helping Hands - Groceries by appointment
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County - Family Resource Guide

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
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
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office - Senior Assistance Program
St Ann's Place - Food Pantry
The Glades Initiative - Glades Area Food Program
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/emergency-palmbeach
CareerSource Palm Beach County - Job Search
Catholic Charities - Mortgage, Rent and Utilities Assistance
Community Action - Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Community Relief Fund - Financial Assistance for restaurant workers
Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability -
Homeowner and renter assistance
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 - Eviction Prevention Program
Palm Beach County - Foreclosure Prevention
Palm Beach County - Utility Assistance
Palm Beach County Libraries - Reemployment Application Assistance
The Salvation Army - Rent and Utility Assistance
West Palm Beach -
COVID-19 Rental Eviction Protection
 

childcare and education

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County - Family Resource Guide
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 - 
Summer Camp Directory
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
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