Rancho Cucamonga, CA – On March 19, the Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund was established by Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys to support the 211 Call Center’s technology infrastructure for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, as well as a direct assistance fund for individuals and families within the communities. 2-1-1 is an integral phone line for those seeking resources for a number of hardships.
The Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund was introduced alongside an application process for those in need within the two counties. In the first week of accepting direct funding requests, 400 applications were received from residents across the two-county region. There are currently more than 1,300 people who have requested assistance from the fund.
A number of businesses within our community have been swift to assist with the Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund. Due to significant gifts from companies and organizations, Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys have been able to expand 211 operations and increase the number of individuals and families that will be able to receive assistance. Thank you to CalWellness Foundation, First 5 Riverside County, Southern California Gas Company, Bank of America, Riverside County Behavioral Health, Stater Bros., P&G Foundation, and Smidt Foundation for your generous contributions to the Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund. It is because of these donors that have supported the fund that Local United Ways will be able to assist many more community members both directly and with increased 211 operations.
“We are thrilled to have the support of individuals, foundations, and corporations as we continue to do what we do best: Uniting people, ideas, and resources to improve lives. As the trusted partner for philanthropy across the globe, United Way is able to leverage large-scale operations and support down to the local level. We are proud to have been able to immediately mobilize our network of supporters to get pledges of support for families in need.” said Lisa Wright, CEO of United Way of the Inland Valleys.
Alongside the organizations that have shown their support for the Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund, there are individuals and families who have stepped up and generously donated to help their neighbors in need. “I am inspired and humbled by the many people who have come forward to assist their neighbors in need in this time of crisis. Our community is filled with generous people who are truly looking to support the common good and to uplift our community when we need it most.” said Wright.
About Inland Empire United Way & United Way of the Inland Valleys
Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys are committed to investing and advocating for the local communities in the areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability. United Way strives to improve the lives of children and families through public policy, as well as providing much needed resources. By partnering with a network of local nonprofit organizations, United Way delivers critical services to our community, connects individuals in crisis with needed resources 24/7 through 2-1-1.