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United We Fight - Coronavirus

 
For 95 years, United Way of Olmsted County has been on the front lines of disaster response, delivering high-demand resources to communities in need throughout Olmsted County and providing individuals with personalized help in crisis situations by mobilizing partnerships that help keep families in their homes, food shelves stocked with staples and critical social services running. 
Already, United Way has taken significant steps to address community needs during this time of unprecedented global crisis. By collaborating with local government, non-profit consortiums, community partners and corporations, United Way is tracking and filling resource gaps and providing real-time guidance, information and data on COVID-19 through the 211 network.
In addition to connecting people to the resources they need, United Way is working to mobilize individuals who want to support those impacted by efforts to contain COVID-19 via our Get Connected partner & volunteer portal.

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WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE LIVE UNITED!

Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the community, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable. The health and safety of our community is a top priority for United Way of Olmsted County. We need your support, now more than ever, to help us serve those who will be impacted the worst by COVID-19. 

You may have questions about how you can help. Here are five ways you can pitch in and make a difference in someone’s life.

HERE ARE FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT IN THE FACE OF COVID-19:

Direct people to 211

If you or someone you know needs help, or just looking for a source of reliable information of resources available, please tell them about United Way’s 211.

211 is a free and confidential service that connects thousands of local residents to help 24/7/365 in multiple languages. Residents across Minnesota can call 211 or 1(800)543-7709 for some cell phone providers, or visit www.211unitedway.org.

Each state across the United States runs their own 211 with information specific to each community across the state. If you see other numbers listed on social media, please remember to call the 211 number associated with your state.

To find information specific to your area: you can call 211, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit the website and chat with a specialist online at www.211.org

During times of crisis Minnesota 211:

  • Leverages its existing communication infrastructure of statewide call coverage, a statewide database of over 40,000 resources to efficiently provide timely, relevant, and accurate information to callers.
  • Credentialed staff provide live coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with multi-lingual access.
  • Tracks and documents all requests for resources and services.
  • Extends, augments, and supports other city, county, and state systems capacity, diverting unnecessary calls away from emergency responders.
  • Provides an easy to remember number for immediate access to information anywhere in the state, reducing confusion and the need for a plethora of 800 numbers.
  • Collaborates with other local and national information and referral programs and hotlines.
  • Prioritizes accurate information by using its dedicated/full-time resource database team members to stay on top of ever-changing updates.

If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to call 211 or 1(800)543-7709 for some cell phone carriers. Residents across Minnesota can call 211, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit our website and chat with a specialist online at www.211unitedway.org.

For information and updates specific to coronavirus, you can text MNCOVID to 898-211.

Donate

United Way focuses on providing the building blocks for a good life: Basic Needs, Education, Health and Income. With one gift, of any amount, you can effectively help the whole community and impact the entire spectrum of need through a single act. Your gift will be joined with thousands of others as part of our general community fund. You can expect that your contribution will yield measurable results. To give now visit: https://www.uwolmsted.org/donate

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United Way of Olmsted County alongside community partners have developed the TOGETHER: Greater Rochester Area COVID-19 Community Support Fund.  The fund is designed to provide financial resources quickly and easily to local nonprofits that are experiencing unforeseen challenges and issues due to the ongoing crisis.

This pandemic is a new challenge for us, but the community spirit required in response is not. For 95 years, United Way of Olmsted County and our community partners have faced crises head on, doing whatever is required to comfort and care for those in need. Together, we will overcome this pandemic by making sure the most vulnerable among us are protected. We invite you to do the same by joining our fight!

TOGETHER, we are committed to strengthening our community and the nonprofits that so faithfully serve it during this uncertain time.

Although social distancing separates us physically, we are still as connected to each other as ever. TOGETHER, we have the power to come together in hope and in generosity, to act when duty calls, and to give with open hands and an open heart.

Donate to the TOGETHER: Greater Rochester Area COVID-19 Community Support Fund today by visiting  https://donate.onecause.com/united-we-fight-coronavirus/home. There is no wrong way to donate, and there are no administration fees; 100% of your donation will go to the fund.

 

If you intend to give a gift over $1000, or would like to pay by cash or check, please contact us at rd@uwolmsted.org.

 

Volunteer

United Way of Olmsted County is coordinating with our community partners to support the anticipated needs as we all respond to the threat of the coronavirus via our volunteer portal Get Connected.

Many of our partners rely on retirees to volunteer with their organizations every day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our volunteer resources are unable to assist with their normal volunteer obligations.

We must stick together at this time of great need and vulnerability. To volunteer visit http://volunteer.uwolmsted.org/.

 

Call your friends and family

Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.

 

Take care of your mental health

If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.

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HELPFUL & RELIABLE RESOURCES

MN Dept. of Health COVID-19 Hotlines:

Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

 

MN Public Health

Olmsted County Public Health

 

PRINT FRIENDLY INFORMATION

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (PDF)

Basic overview of COVID-19 in multiple languages.

COVID-19 in Amharic (PDF)

COVID-19 in Arabic (PDF)

COVID-19 in Chinese (PDF)

COVID-19 in Hmong (PDF)

COVID-19 in Karen (PDF)

COVID-19 in Russian (PDF)

COVID-19 in Somali (PDF)

COVID-19 in Spanish (PDF)

COVID-19 in Vietnamese (PDF)

Resources to Find Low-Cost Health Care or get Health Insurance (PDF)

Resources in Amharic (PDF)

Resources in Arabic (PDF)

Resources in Chinese (PDF)

Resources in Hmong (PDF)

Resources in Karen (PDF)

Resources in Russian (PDF)

Resources in Somali (PDF)

Resources in Spanish (PDF)

Resources in Vietnamese (PDF)

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Following guidelines set forth by Olmsted County Public Health, The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and others, the United Way office will be closed to the public effective Thursday, March 19 until further notice. All onsite meetings and conference room rentals have been canceled until further notice. While our physical space will be closed, United Way staff will continue to serve and support the community as able. Our essential operations will be handled via phone, internet, and other virtual means. If you need us, please reach out via phone or e-mail as you normally would, and we will assist you in any way possible. We will reach out again when operations are ready to return to normal. Please visit www.uwolmsted.org for up to date information about United Way, call 211 if you need assistance or if you’re looking for ways to help visit https://donate.onecause.com/united-we-fight-coronavirus/home or volunteer.uwolmsted.org

 

 

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