How Did the COVID-19 Relief Fund Work?
What type of hardships qualified for assistance?
- Unpaid leave due to the shelter-in-place directive
- Care of a vulnerable or infected relative
- Loss of wages due to involuntary cancellation of work (i.e. gig workers, restaurant workers, etc.)
- Unpaid leave due to school and/or daycare closure
How did people apply for help?
United Way worked with 11 nonprofit community partners in our five-county service area who identified and qualified affected low-income households.
- 3 Strands Global Foundation (El Dorado)
- Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (Amador)
- Black Child Legacy Campaign Neighborhood Centers (Sacramento)
- Birth and Beyond (Sacramento)
- Empower Yolo (Yolo)
- International Rescue Committee (Sacramento)
- Kids First (Placer)
- Lighthouse Community Counseling (Placer)
- Opening Doors (Sacramento)
- RISE Inc. (Yolo)
- Yolo County Children’s Alliance (Yolo)
What were the requirements to receive funds?
Affected low-income households had to meet the following conditions:
- Experiencing financial hardship of the nature listed above
- Proof of residency
- Have a bank account that can accept an ACH transfer
- Commit to filling out two surveys during the following year on the impact of the funds received
How quickly were funds disbursed?
The UpTogether platform allowed qualified low-income households to receive a one-time $500 allocation within 48 hours of applying. The platform also provided access to its long-term social networking component that has routinely demonstrated success in helping families achieve financial stability.
How much of my donation directly supported victims of this crisis?
100% of donations were distributed to low-income households in need.
How many families have the fund helped?
The fund distributed 1,145 one-time $500 distributions.
County Funds Dispersed Families Served
Amador $59,000 118
El Dorado $30,000 60
Placer $48,500 97
Sacramento $327,500 655
Yolo $107,500 215
Grand Total $572,000 1,145
Is the fund still open?
The Relief Fund closed on June 30, 2020.