Some agencies are having a hard time staffing operations because they rely on older volunteers who are staying home for safety reasons. Other agencies are simply going broke.
“Most organizations impacted by health concerns and/or financial considerations have reduced or discontinued face-to-face meetings with the public, redirected their mission focus or have curtailed or suspended operations,” she said.
She said they are in daily contact with agencies in the nine counties they support to keep on top of this.
They are always looking for new partners, she said. An agency can register for HelpLink on the www.dayton-unitedway.org website.
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The agency has also partnered with the Living City Project to try to match up volunteers with groups who need them during the health crisis with an online tool.
Living City Project director Caleb Ingram said the biggest need is for people to help deliver food to homes of people who can’t get to pantries or grocery stores. He said local social service organizations have learned from last year’s tornadoes how to scale up quickly to respond to a crisis, but this is different.
“This is a really challenging time in that we find ourselves torn in wanting to stay home for safety, which is valid, and there is great needs that need to be addressed at the same time,” he said. “It’s a call to the younger generation to rise up and get out there and serve.”
How to find help
United Way HelpLink 211 connects people to social services, such as food and rent/utility assistance, in the following counties: Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene, Madison, Montgomery, Preble, Warren
Search available resources online at http://www.referweb.net/day/
Or call 211 to be connected to someone at the agency’s call center
How to help
Register your agency as a resource on HelpLink at https://dayton-unitedway.org/register/
Or visit https://declare.org/givehelp to register as a volunteer