COVID-19 Community Response
The United Way of Green County is uniquely positioned to understand the comprehensive needs of our entire community. We know that right here in our communities, there are families without enough food to eat. We know people who are struggling to keep their homes. We know people who are worried because they can’t pay their bills. We know families that are struggling with new and unexpected childcare needs. We know people are struggling with mental health needs. We know that people are lonely and feeling the impact of social isolation. It is because we know these people and care about them deeply that we knew we needed to do something to help. Shortly after the pandemic hit, the United Way of Green County developed the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. It was designed to address the needs of our community that developed as a result of the pandemic, to provide resources to organizations in Green County who are working to serve those impacted by COVID-19, and to address the economic consequences of this outbreak in the most efficient and comprehensive way possible. To date, the United Way of Green County has been able to help support the following programs and organizations:
• Salvation Army to provide emergency shelter, rent and utility assistance to the people who need it most
• Rainbow Childcare to provide one month’s worth of food to the center
• Family Promise to help people new to their homes be able to stay in their homes
• Men’s Resource Center to help with their transitional housing program
• Reach Green to help support critically important early childhood services
• Backpack Buddies program to help provide food to families
• Orion family services so that they can continue to reach and serve the most vulnerable
• Monroe Preschool so that they can improve safety measures by having a hand washing station in the classroom
• Monroe Park and Recreation department to help provide expanded childcare services during school closures
• Monroe Main Street to expand SNAP food share benefits for fresh food at the farmer’s market
• Multicultural Outreach Program to provide a relief package for families directly impacted by COVID-19
• Pleasant View Nursing Home to provide amplification systems for residents to improve communication and reduce isolation while people are wearing masks.
Our work is not done yet. While we have been able to help many people and organizations, we know that needs continue to increase, and requests have far outweighed the funding we have available. Further, this will be a critical year for the United Way as we not only continue to respond and recover from the pandemic, but also work collaboratively to assess our needs and work to rebuild and re-imagine our communities. For example, we know we have significant childcare needs in all of our communities. United Way is working hard with many community partners to develop a long-term plan to help address these needs. Now, more than ever, we are in this together!
Teresa Keehn | Executive Director
United Way of Green County, Inc.
1717 10th Street | Monroe, WI 53566
(608) 325-7747 | email@example.com
COVID-19 Response Community Information & Resources
We understand the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across our communities, and we are closely monitoring the threat. Many of you are concerned not only about the health of yourself and your families but the financial hardships you may face as a result of any prolonged work and event closures. United Way of Green County is here to help!! We are in this together!
There is a lot of information about COVID-19. Here are a few resources that you can count on for local, accurate, reliable and up-to-date information. Utilizing these resources will provide education and understanding around the importance of social distancing and staying home as well as the proper steps to follow if you need to seek medical attention. Please know these resources are constantly being updated. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.
Green County Public Health provides local and educational information about what you need to know about COVID-19
Wisconsin Department of Health Services website contains detailed information about coronavirus cases across the state as well as information about symptoms, what you should do if you think you are sick, and how to protect yourself.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working to protect Americans from health, safety and security risks. The CDC is a valuable resource for coronavirus information including tracking cases across the U.S. and globally
The tax filing deadline has been delayed until July 15, 2020, although the IRS is encouraging anyone anticipating a refund to file now. If you owe money on your taxes, payments are being deferred until July 15, 2020 as well. For more information, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Did you know that through United Way’s partnership with H&R block, every household with a simple return can file their federal and state taxes FOR FREE! Check it out here.
2-1-1 has been activated by Governor Evers in response to COVID-19. 211 is a free service available 24/7. Callers are connected to a real person who puts them in touch with the resources they need. United Way is in constant contact with our local agencies in order to provide current and up-to-date information. Get in touch with 2-1-1 by simply calling 2-1-1 on your phone or texting your zip code to 898-211. You can also find resources on line here: 2-1-1 Wisconsin For COVID -19 resources, click here: 2-1-1 COVID-19 Resources
For more information, you can text COVID19 to 211-211 and access information and resources regarding COVID-19.
Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information
Employment & Training COVID-19 Public Information
Apply for Unemployment
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Talking to your children about COVID-19 — NASP-Talking to Children About COVID-19
In Spanish — Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health NAMI Guide on Covid-19
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a Disaster Distress Helpline available 24/7, 365 for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.