Emergency Fund

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


COVID-19 has made daily living harder for many in our community. Capital Area United Way identified needs in our community for rent, mortgage and utility assistance and we opened the emergency relief fund to provide support to households in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties.

Who is receiving help from the Emergency Relief Fund? Since March, 269 households have received assistance. A majority of those helped needed rent payment assistance. Assistance has been distributed to individuals of all ages with the average age of recipients being 39. 

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.

If you need help, please dial 2-1-1 (or 866-561-2500) to speak with a call specialist.


UPDATE 8/20 (7:24 am) -

Since its launch on March 16, 501 individuals and 22 companies, listed below, have donated $608,677 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. Donors like you have already helped 269 households avoid eviction and foreclosure and many more will need help in the coming months.