Emergency Fund


You can make your donation by clicking below:      

or by texting CAUWEF to 41444

or by mail to CAUW, 330 Marshall Street, #203, Lansing MI  48912




Capital Area United Way (CAUW) has been communicating with other nonprofits, government officials, and the United Way helpline, 2-1-1, to understand exactly how the COVID-19 crisis will affect local families.

CAUW has detected a lack of childcare, utilities, rent and mortgage payment assistance funds in the tri-county. While a moratorium on evictions has been approved at the federal level, it is only temporary and will not forgive rent and mortgage arrearages. If our community does nothing, people will still lose their homes due to this crisis.

Therefore, CAUW has reactivated its Emergency Relief Fund, a direct assistance program which addresses specific, immediate, and vital needs in our community. In this case, the fund will be used for childcare, utilities, rent and mortgage payment assistance for households affected by the COVID-19 crisis. No administrative or fundraising costs will be deducted from donations to this fund.

If you need help, please dial 2-1-1 to speak with a call specialist.


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UPDATE 3/24 (1:48 pm) -

The Capital Area United Way Emergency Relief Fund is now taking applications for assistance. If you need help with expenses related to the COVID-19 crisis, please dial 2-1-1 (or 866-561-2500) to speak with a call specialist. He or she will take your information and give you referrals to programs that can help. If you are eligible for the ERF, you will be called back to complete the process.

In the last five days, 109 local individuals have donated $20,060 to the fund. We have aso received donations from several of our corporate partners, beginning last week with Astera Credit Union and including Meijer, Inc. and Consumers Energy. If you have made a donation, thank you. You will probably never meet the people you're helping but they will always remember you.

If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, please take a moment to do so now. There are no fees being deducted from donations to this emergency fund so that 100% of the contributions can be used to keep people in their homes during these strange and difficult times.