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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 and Prevention (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.

DONATIONS

The COVID-19 pandemic had a devasting impact on our community.  We are committed to supporting Tarrant County through long-term recovery efforts. Please take a moment to reimagine a healthier and more vibrant Tarrant County, then join us in rebuilding a stronger community. Donate now to our new Rebuild Tarrant County Fund. You also can make a gift through Venmo using @UW-TARRANTCOUNTY.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 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.

Basic Needs

Blood Drives

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.
  • YMCA of Metro Fort Worth is providing child care services as well as food services.
  • ACH Child and Family Services is providing free crisis counseling for families with children. All services are available virtually during this time.
  • Center for Transforming Lives continues to operate shelter services on site as well as child care centers for children of essential personnel.  Also conducting case management, mental health and coaching services remotely.
  • BestPlace4Kids is a child care tool available to all employees employed at “essential businesses” in Tarrant County looking for child care for their children ages zero to 12 years of age.

Food Resources

Government Offices

Health / Mental Health

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have guidelines and tips for managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19
  • Cancer Care Services is providing assistance funds for those impacted by cancer (patient, caregiver, and survivor).
  • Gill Children’s Services is offering last resort financial assistance to Tarrant County children. May provide funding directly to providers for medications, emergency childcare, etc. Child must be under 18 years of age, live in Tarrant County, and GCS must be their last resort.
  • Remedy – Urgent Care at Home provides video visits and house calls by an advanced practice nurse.
  • MHMR has a 24/7 crisis line, the ICARE Call Center, available for mental health and substance use emergency support.
  • Dental Health Arlington for emergency dental patients; open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Lena Pope’s counseling and behavioral services for children and families in need of mental and emotional support – 817-255-2652
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has a map of COVID-19 drive-thru Testing Locations
  • Alliance for Children has a “prevention toolkit” with worksheets and videos on child safety and abuse prevention.
  • The Women’s Center: General Counseling offers a Helpline for resource connection and emotional support as well as clinical counseling for individuals and families, through a combination of phone and virtual services.
  • The Women’s Center: Rape Crisis & Victim Services provides victims of violent crime with 24-hour crisis support, clinical counseling, case management, legal services and violence prevention services, through a combination of phone and virtual services.

Jobs available and resources

If someone you know is looking for employment. There are several companies that are currently hiring for Logistics positions (Deliveries, Shoppers, Stockers, Warehouse, Order Fillers, Material Handlers etc.)

  • View Hiring Companies
  • Workforce Solutions provides updated job opportunities daily.
  • The Women’s Center: Employment Solutions is mapping area job openings, helping individuals prepare job application materials to address current needs, providing financial coaching, and assisting individuals to resolve barriers to employment (transportation, childcare, work supplies etc.), all done through a combination of phone and virtual services.

Paying Rent or mortgages

  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission may provide vouchers to assist those in need with paying their rent. You also will find information about government assistance with other needs, including lease application fees, information on low-income housing and security deposits.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is offering programs to help with paying mortgage and also avoid foreclosure.
  • HUD-approved counseling agencies in Texas are providing free foreclosure counseling, including expert assistance on avoiding foreclosure and advice on which programs and options an individual qualifies given their specific situation.
  • HUD has suspended all evictions and foreclosures on HUD-backed properties until the end of April.
  • The Texas Supreme Court issued an order suspending all evictions until April 19, 2020.
  • The City of Fort Worth’s Community Action Partners has local programs assisting residents with rental and utility assistance.

Senior Citizens

Tax Information

Transportation

Unemployment

Utilities

  • Atmos has suspended service disconnects until further notice.
  • TXU is waiving late fees, extending payment due dates with no down payment required, reducing down payments and deferring balances over five equal installments. TXU customers can also receive additional bill-payment assistance through its TXU Energy AidSM program.
  • Reliant and Green Mountain are suspending disconnections for non-payment until April 3.
  • The City of Fort Worth’s Community Action Partners has local programs assisting residents with rental and utility assistance.

Veterans

Volunteer

  • If you are interested in supporting our coronavirus response efforts as a volunteer, please click here.
  • Donate Good Stuff is a website where you can donate a variety of supplies based on your charity of choice’s needs.

Our Actions

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 the Stay at Home mandate is lifted. In the meantime, we invite you to file your return using United Way’s online tool, MyFreeTaxes.com.

LIVE UNITED

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.

MAKE A DONATION

Thank you to our generous donors

   

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Folsom Point Charities

Gaudin Family Foundation

Alcon Foundation