United Way Launches Coalition to Help Those Impacted By Government Shutdown
United Way Worldwide recently announced that it will lead the formation of the United for U.S. coalition, a joint effort by corporate partners, organized labor, the United Way network and nonprofits to assist furloughed federal workers and others impacted by the ongoing government shutdown. Wells Fargo and Bank of America are two of United Way’s closest corporate partners offering various types of support to individuals and families affected by the shutdown.
United Way and community partners are preparing for an expected uptick in calls to 2-1-1 from those seeking assistance with rent and mortgage payments, utility bills, and groceries.
Since the launch of the coalition, United Way also has received an increasing number of inquiries from members of the public, nonprofits and other companies, asking, “How can we help?” United Way created the United for U.S. Fund so that generous individuals and others can help support federal workers, contractors, and others impacted by the government shutdown. All donations will be distributed to local Untied Ways. You can donate to the fund here.
Although Williamson County is relatively wealthy county, local families are most impacted in the area of food and nutrition. According to the Brentwood Homepage, about 1 in 6 Tennesseans were enrolled in the federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2017. Federal funding for the program has already been allocated for January. And the Tennessee Department of Human Services has issued an early release of February’s SNAP benefits. However, if the shutdown continues past February, families will not receive continued assistance. Currently, 2,428 Williamson County households receive SNAP and will be possibly affected by a prolonged shutdown.
Currently, we are working with our partner programs to expand resources for Williamson County families. We know that parents have been requesting free or reduced lunch for their children to help alleviate financial hardships during this period. We encourage local federal workers and families to call our office at 615-771-2312 for assistance.
The 2-1-1 non-emergency hotline can also provide information. 2-1-1 is available at any time of day, any time of year.
Post sourced from United Way Worldwide press release