How Did the COVID-19 Relief Fund Work?

United Way partnered with local nonprofits in our five-county service area who worked with low-income households to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners identified and qualified affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family was approved, they were given access to the UpTogether online platform.

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.