United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley Creates Emergency Relief Fund to Support Regions Most Vulnerable During Coronavirus Response (3/17/2020) – Winchester, VA- As the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic, United Way NSV has announced the creation of the United Way NSV COVID-19 Relief Fund to expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible, focusing on directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic and social impacts. Grants will be dispersed to agencies addressing the needs of local residents as it related to COVID-19 within the United Way NSV catchment area of the City of Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah and Page counties The fund will address the immediate, unmet needs of working families caused by COVID-19 related closures. Immediate, unmet needs may include: Food and food supplies Prescription and medical supplies Mortgage payments for homes or businesses/Rental assistance Car repairs or payments Utility payments Child care Lost employment income Members of the public may donate United Way NSV’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those most vulnerable in this global coronavirus crisis. 100% of all donations will go directly to COVID-19 relief efforts and the individuals impacted by it. United Way NSV will not assessing any administrative fees as it relates to this fund. “As the nation plans to address the COVID-19 situation, many in our local area who are living in or near poverty and those living paycheck to paycheck, cannot afford a day without pay, or to seek medical attention when they or their children may need it,” said Nadine Pottinga, CEO, United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley “The virus and its after-effects will be another source of stress on already vulnerable members of the community.” “The COVID-19 Relief Fund is here to serve the critical needs of our most vulnerable neighbors as we work together in response to COVID-19, as well as look ahead to ensure inclusion of those furthest behind, who may otherwise face the worst effects of the pandemic in the months ahead.” Said Nadine Pottinga, United Way NSV, CEO. Donations can be made now at https://www.unitedwaynsv.org/covidrelieffund more information on United Way NSV’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the website listed here: https://www.unitedwaynsv.org/covid-19-resources About United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley: Since 1946 the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has worked to impact the community human care needs that matter most to the people of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah Counties and the City of Winchester. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley convenes the people and organizations necessary to create solutions to our region’s most pressing challenges and collaborates with effective partners. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley seeks to serve as the catalyst for community change by supporting over 42 partner agencies in the area on Income, Health and Education. For more information visit our website www.unitedwaynsv.org.