Emergency Fund

      Please take a look at the videos below to hear about how the Emergency Relief Fund is helping


Capital Area United Way (CAUW) has been communicating with other nonprofits, government officials, and the United Way helpline, 2-1-1, to understand the community needs created by the COVID-19 crisis.

In response, CAUW has reactivated its Emergency Relief Fund (ERF), a direct assistance program which addresses specific, immediate, and vital needs in our community. In this case, the fund will be used to meet basic needs 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 (or 866-561-2500) to speak with a call specialist.

UPDATE 7/9 (7:24 am) -

Since its launch on March 16, 494 individuals and 22 companies, listed below, have donated $602,642 to the fund. If you have made a donation, thank you. You will probably never meet the people you're helping but they will always remember you.

Besides providing payment assistance for housing and utilities, the ERF has also been used to provide 80 gallons of hand sanitizer to local community shelters and 200 meal kits to COVID-19 positive seniors recently discharged from Sparrow Hospital. These seniors are under strict quarantine orders and having access to nutritious food at home both keeps them healthy and preserves space at the hospital for those with more acute symptoms.

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 our neighbors safe and stable during these strange and difficult times.