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United Way, GiveWell join forces to help nonprofits during COVID-19 crisis

March 21, 2020

LAKELAND – Two large community organizations are joining forces to help other community organizations facing an epic drain on resources during the COVID-19 response.

On Friday, the United Way of Central Florida and the Give Well Community Foundation announced the United Community Relief Fund.

“With children out of school, businesses temporarily closing, community events being canceled, and workers being laid off, there has never been a time where community support and financial resources have been more critically needed,” the two organizations said in a joint press release Friday.

“United Way and GiveWell Community Foundation are uniquely positioned to swiftly and effectively identify areas with the greatest need, activate and rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Christina Criser Jackson, president and CEO of United Way of Central Florida. “We are working closely with local nonprofits, community partners, and local officials to identify immediate priorities.”

The new fund will ...

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