The health and well-being of our community is a top priority at United Way of Tarrant County. Like many others in our community, we are closely monitoring the rapidly changing developments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage you to learn more about the spread of the virus and how to protect yourself and your family by visiting the Tarrant County Public Health Department’s website by clicking this link or calling the Coronavirus hotline at 817-248-6299.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also is maintaining a robust website with information and answers to commonly asked questions here. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) also has a COVID-19 webpage with information for the public, travelers, healthcare professionals, public health partners and others.
CRITICAL NEEDS AND RESOURCES
The unprecedented actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 have left large populations in need of social services and financial assistance. Our Tarrant County community is in need. The information below provides details about how to donate, available resources for those in need and volunteer opportunities. Our mission at United Way of Tarrant County is to provide leadership and harness resources to solve Tarrant County’s toughest social challenges. And right now, there is no greater challenge than the Coronavirus.
We are asking for donations to our United Way Emergency Relief Fund. 100% of funds donated will be distributed to help those affected by COVID-19. This will include assistance such as purchasing non-perishable meals for the elderly and homebound, child care assistance for emergency responders and ensuring social services for veterans. To donate, please click here or scroll down to the bottom of this page. You also can make a gift through Venmo using @UW-TARRANTCOUNTY.
We are working with our community partners to ensure they have the resources needed to provide community services. Below is a list of helpful resources from Tarrant County agencies that are providing assistance to members of our community.
- United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline is a 24/7 service connecting individuals to the right community organization or government agency. The service is free and confidential.
- FamilyWize for prescription discounts. CVS and Walgreens pharmacies are providing free delivery of prescription medications.
- Tarrant County Department of Human Services for assistance with rent and utilities.
- Presbyterian Night Shelter for assistance with housing, food and employment.
- SafeHaven of Tarrant County for food, shelter, child care and domestic-violence assistance.
- American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
CHILD CARE AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
- Child Care Associates for information on child care providers or alternative care.
- Texas Health and Human Services to select child care providers and check child care licensing status.
- Child Care Management Services to search quality-rated child care
- Tarrant Area Food Bank to help individuals and families find a food pantry and to find meal programs for students out of school.
- Meals on Wheels delivers meals to anyone who is homebound and is physically or mentally unable to prepare meals for themselves.
- GRACE for food assistance during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Community Crossroads is First Presbyterian Church’s mission outreach center in Fort Worth serving the Hemphill neighborhood.
- First Street Methodist Mission provides emergency food, clothing, infant formula, limited financial assistance and case management services.
- Mission Arlington has created a “drive thru” for people receiving food and are also providing food and supplies to people who call in for assistance.
- Community Link Mission provides, at no charge, food and personal care items to those in need, covering Northwest Tarrant County.
- Helping Hands Ministry provides direct assistance to qualified individuals in need and charities.
- Tarrant County Public Health Department provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 including preventive measures.
- United Way’s Area Agency on Aging for issues specifically involving care for senior citizens.
- Aging Disability Resource Center of Fort Worth to help older adults and people with disabilities find access to long-term services and support.
- MyFreeTaxes.com for free assistance filing your taxes.
- Catholic Charities Transportation provides provide transportation to eligible clients for employment trips, medical trips, rides for education, paratransit transportation and rides for seniors.
- Texas Health and Human Services continues to service the community and clients to any billable Medicaid service.
- Trinity Metro providing local bus service with a modified schedule.
- Texas Workforce Commission for information on employment or unemployment benefits.
- TXServes-North Texas, a program of United Way of Tarrant County’s Mission United initiative connecting veterans, active-duty military and their families to social services.
If you are interested in supporting our coronavirus response efforts as a volunteer, please click here.
To protect our staff, volunteers, guests, partners and the community, we have:
- Asked all United Way of Tarrant County and Area Agency on Aging employees to work remotely if possible
- Postponed upcoming events, including Wild About Reading
- Canceled all group presentations and public appearances by Area Agency on Aging staff until further notice
- Suspended all non-essential client home visits by Area Agency on Aging staff and transitioned to over the phone screenings and assessments; efforts to be focused on high-risk clients such as those without family support and multiple chronic health conditions
- Moved in-home visits by the Area Agency on Aging to a case-by-case basis, dependent on screening results and client risk
- Temporarily closed our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites until Monday, March 30, at which time we expect they will reopen. In the meantime, we invite you to file your return using United Way’s online tool, MyFreeTaxes.com.
No one is to blame for this virus, but it is up to all of us to help stop the spread. It is also up to all of us to help those who are most in need. COVID-19 doesn’t recognize race, nationality, ethnicity nor social status. Our community is stronger when it is unified, and it is going to take all of us to mitigate the impacts and recover as a community.
And one more thing, let’s remember that many of our friends and neighbors may experience unexpected interruptions to their work schedules, which can adversely impact the stability of their families. Their livelihoods depend on the income they earn, and reduced hours, as well as prolonged closures, will severely diminish their ability to pay rent and buy food.
If you’d like to help, please click here or give below. You can also make a gift through Venmo using @UW-TARRANTCOUNTY.