COVID-19 Relief Fund FAQ

What is the COVID-19 Relief Fund?

The COVID-19 Relief Fund is a fund launched by the United Way of Bartholomew County meant to harness the community’s desire to help during this pandemic. Donated funds will be used to increase resources at partner agencies who are seeing an increase in critical needs during this time.

For a list of our partner agencies – please see our website: www.uwbarthco.org

Where can I go if I would like to donate?

Individuals are encouraged to give by going
here: https://www.uwbarthco.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=13.

Businesses interested in donating can contact Whittney Loyd, Resource Development Director, by phone (812) 375-2202 or email at wloyd@uwbarthco.org.

Where do donations go?

Donations collected through the COVID-19 Relief Fund will be distributed to partner
agencies who are best positioned to help with critical needs during this time.
United Way does not provide support directly to individuals.

The purpose of the United Way of Bartholomew County COVID-19 Relief Fund is to address the short and long term needs of Bartholomew County related to the physical, mental, social, economic, and systemic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. UWBC seeks to ensure that the local social service delivery system maintains
its capacity to meet human needs throughout this unprecedented time.

The short-term response to the pandemic is focused on working with trusted not-for-profit partners to address critical needs of individuals and families within our community. These needs include food, food distribution, housing and utility assistance, prescription assistance, emergency childcare, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, etc. We continue to monitor the human service network closely and remain diligent in addressing new needs as they arise.

The long-term response is focused on supporting the system-wide needs of the not-for-profit sector. Many of our local organizations who provide critical services are already struggling due to loss of revenue caused by cancelled fundraising events, decreased fee-for-service activities, and reduced fundraising capabilities. It is our primary goal to ensure that these organizations can continue serving their clients and our community.

United Way of Bartholomew County will leverage and coordinate existing community resources in order to maximize community impact. 

What should I do if I need economic support or help with my basic needs?

You can go to www.searchuwbc.org and search for your most pressing need specifically. Please keep in mind that this pandemic is changing not-for-profit business operations.  We are doing our best to keep information up to date, but the situation is changing rapidly. Thus, some of the information listed on this site may have changed since the
latest update.

An application for assistance may be submitted on our website: www.searchuwbc.org. That application will then be forwarded to a United Way certified agency for a determination of assistance.

Why isn’t United Way setting people up directly with resources?

United Way of Bartholomew County is uniquely situated to take a broad look at our community and to mobilize and align financial and volunteer resources with the agencies who are addressing the most critical needs. We seek to help the greatest number of people possible and believe harnessing the power of our community and partner agencies is the best
way to do this. 

Where can I receive the most up to date information on COVID-19 Relief Fund?

We will post updates on this fund on our Facebook page and website. If you have any other questions regarding the fund,
please go to www.uwbarthco.org.