DWhen Heart of Florida United Way set up the COVID-19/ALICE Recovery Fund on March 17, nobody could have imagined that the pandemic would have had the impacts we now see. Unfortunately, the assistance fund is not able to meet all requests currently on the waiting list.
While we will continue to fundraise and apply for grants that might continue to help more people, we must also be responsible in setting realistic expectations of those that are looking to us for financial support. With this in mind, we are no longer accepting applications.
We will not stop our fundraising effort as we want to assist as many households we can. We encourage you to continue seeking other resources to assist during this most difficult time. Heart of Florida United Way’s 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line is a source for such resources. Please be aware that 211 is experiencing high call volume and there could be a longer than usual wait time. To explore available resources in the community, you can access 211’s interactive self-help database by clicking on this link: www.HFUW.org/gethelp.
Finally, Heart of Florida United Way continues to look for ways to provide additional resources to aid the community during this difficult time. And, we are committed to being the voice for those impacted. Every day we hear stories of households that are faced with the fear of eviction because they may not be able to pay their rent, families having to make difficult choices, and individuals who have no idea when they might return to work and receive a full paycheck to pay for their bare essentials. We are committed to being your voice, sounding the alarm and demanding action.
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