United Way-Community Foundation COVID-19 Fund Paying Dividends

Charitable giving by our community has helped the Community Foundation and United Way of Thurston County to make a real difference for local families and service organizations. Highlights include:

  • Funding to support a quadrupling of Meals on Wheels deliveries to 10,000 per month
  • Doubling the number of food backpacks to kids through the Thurston County Food Bank
  • Funding and staff to support growing demand at the Food Bank, which has now served over 13,600 individuals
  • Purchase of homeless food backpacks to be distributed to homeless school students

In addition, the fund has enabled expanded support to the Nurse Family Partnership Program which serves 300 no- and low-income families with infant children. To date, donations have included:

  • 899 containers of infant formula
  • 351 packages of baby wipes
  • 640 jars of baby food
  • 431 packages of diapers
  • 2,249 units of toddler and children’s foods

Funding and donations have also been made to the Childcare Action Council in their efforts to support 11 childcare providers countywide. The few operators remaining open are caring for the children of first-responders and other frontline workers. Donated goods include:

  • 210 packages of toilet paper
  • 25 containers of sanitizing wipes
  • 15 gallons of bleach
  • Paper towels (unknown quantity)

Funding for Catholic Community Services has helped their Community Kitchen serve nearly 13,000 in March alone, while the Community Action Council has provided emergency rent and utility assistance to more than 300 households at a cost of $1,170.00 on average.

Finally, the United Way-Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund has made it possible for Together to bulk purchase supplies for distribution to hundreds of local families trying meet basic needs. Items include:

  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Infant formula
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Boxed and canned foods

Thank you to our partners and everyone who has donated. For more information:
https://www.unitedway-thurston.org/covid-19