United Way for Greater Austin Responds to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life as we know it. Join Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin to provide critical services, like basic needs, health services, and childcare. Give now. 


Here at United Way for Greater Austin, health and well-being are a top priority. With day-by-day and sometimes hour-by-hour updates related to COVID-19, let’s take a few minutes to build community – albeit virtually – together.

Whether you’re working from home like our United Way team or seeing events canceled from your calendar, everything can feel a little uncertain. Now is an opportunity for us to Live United, and there are ways for us to Live United without coming together in person. 

Connection with friends, family, and community builds resilience. We need each other and now is an opportunity to create new ways to connect even while we isolate ourselves physically from large gatherings. I encourage you to read something every day that reminds you of some of the infinite ways we are connected and stay in touch with your family, friends, and colleagues to share your experience as we all navigate this time together.

Here are a few reminders we shared with our United Way team based on recommendations from public health officials:

  1. Take steps to protect yourself. Here are some helpful tips.
  2.  Stay informed. The CDC is updating their site with the latest information.
  3. Care for your mental health. In addition to taking care of our physical health, it’s important to take care of our mental health, too. Take a few moments each day or even each hour to meditate or talk a walk – and make sure to drink lots of water. It does wonders for your well-being.

Whether you are a donor, volunteer, member of Tocqueville Society, Women United, or Emerging Leaders, or an advocate for the work we’re doing to create opportunity for all in Greater Austin, we are so proud and honored to partner with you and Live United with you now, as always. Thank you for all you do to keep our community strong.

David C. Smith

CEO | United Way for Greater Austin

4 thoughts on “United Way for Greater Austin Responds to COVID-19

  1. Saw this on FB and want to know if this is accurate: United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund can help with bills, rent, and food. You can call 1-866-211-996 and provide zip code and will be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance.

    1. Hi, thank you for reaching out. That post is inaccurate. See our Facebook page for more details.

  2. Hello my name is aurora I rent out a weekly room here at studio 6 behind Pappasito’s I got laid off on Monday my job was paying me weekly at the Orangeleaf south shore I am afraid I won’t have shelter this next week I have been applying everywhere I need some assistance please ASAP please I will volunteer if needed help to just give back someway

    1. Hi Aurora, you can call 2-1-1 and select option 6. A 2-1-1 call specialist will help you find resources available in your area.

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