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United Way of Greater Greensboro Gives $500,000 to Virus Relief

Post Date:03/26/2020 2:27 PM

The United Way of Greater Greensboro Board of Directors unanimously voted and authorized a contribution of $500,000 to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund. The contribution is being made from United Way’s emergency reserve fund to support those impacted by the Coronavirus and the organization is urging the community to match its efforts.

United Way and City of Greensboro created the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund last week. To-date, the community has donated over $83,000 to the fund, bringing its current total to over $583,000. To make a donation, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org, or text the word “Virus” to 40403.

In addition to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro activated its Emergency Response Fund last week and has raised $150,000 to support local needs and is coordinating with the United Way and City of Greensboro’s Virus Relief Taskforce on response efforts.

“This is one of the most difficult times our community has ever faced. The children and families United Way serves through its mission of ending poverty were already facing tremendous challenges, and now they are dealing with the significant and rippling effects of the Coronavirus disaster. The community needs us to step up and I’m proud to say United Way is contributing $500,000 to the local Virus Relief Fund,” said Kim Gatling, Chair, United Way Board of Directors.

As a board member and chair of United Way’s annual campaign, local business owner Bill Morrisette is asking the local business community to support the virus relief fund. “For years, Morrisette has supported United Way because it brings our community together, especially during times of crisis. Now, more than ever, we need our business community to come together to support the thousands of local people impacted by the virus. As a business owner, I understand what many local businesses and their employees are facing and I know we will get through this by helping one another,” said Morrisette. 

“We are One Greensboro from caring children giving their pennies to generous families donating in times of uncertainty, as well as, corporations able to donate thousands of dollars.  Greensboro community has a strong history of supporting one another. We are asking everyone in our community to consider making a donation to help the thousands of people in our community impacted by the Coronavirus,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

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