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United Way COVID-19 Local Relief Fund
Providing Essential Resources to Low-Income Families

As the nation responds to the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) has announced the creation of the United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) COVID-19 Local Relief Fund to provide essential resources for low-income households whose lives have been disrupted by the outbreak.

UWCCR will partner with local nonprofits who will work with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds will be provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners will identify and qualify affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family is approved, they will be given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.

To date, the capital region has committed $542,000 to our United Way COVID-19 Local Relief Fund. There are now 1,ooo families across Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties who have received their one-time $500 distribution.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund

Who will the funds from the UWCCR COVID-19 Local Relief Fund support?

UWCCR will partner with local nonprofits in our five-county service area who will work with low-income households in their geographic areas to help alleviate issues brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. Funds will be provided to those whose level of need has been amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofit partners will identify and qualify affected low-income households to receive funds. Once a family is approved, they will be given access to Family Independence Initiative (FII) UpTogether online platform.

What  type of hardships qualify 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 do affected people apply for help?

UWCCR will work with nonprofit community partners in our five-county service area to help us identify and qualify affected low-income households experiencing the hardships listed above to receive the one-time $500 allocation. Nonprofit partners for Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties have been selected (see below). 

  • 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)

2-1-1 Can Help: We know households who are not connected to these nonprofit partners still need assistance. Sacramento County’s help line, 2-1-1, is ready to work with you and connect you to resources during this difficult time. Please call 2-1-1, press 2 for “COVID-19 Assistance” and an associate will walk you through solutions that fit your unique circumstance.