How Trident United Way adds value during a crisis
What would the COVID-19 response have looked like without Trident United Way? We've been so busy helping our partners that the thought hasn't crossed our minds up until now.
Your generosity, coupled with an experienced and dedicated team who forged ahead during uncertain times, proved invaluable.
From the initial shutdowns in March, our team rallied and quickly assembled the resources necessary to take on this massive economic crisis.
Given our deep experience from previous disasters, Trident United Way quickly deployed resources and expertise. We used a proven formula to support trusted community partners who can quickly address community needs.
Without Trident United Way, there would not have been the time, money or expertise available to address this pandemic - these tools could not be created in an instant.
We know who to call, what to do. We have 76 years of ‘local,’ meaning we are not exchanging business cards in the midst of a crisis.
The individual stories continue to touch us, like the individual requests from people who write us to find out housing options for an ill relative needing cancer treatment and an affordable place to live.
We are essential and local.
Trident United Way adds value to individual donations through our established networks like our 211 resource line, which has served more than 70,000 people in the state for 2020, dealing with a wide range of issues. This tool gives us an instant snapshot of community needs so we can respond in an agile manner.
Our CharityTracker tool brings together 320 organizations who use this efficient computer program to provide $1.3 million of monetary assistance (excluding food, clothing or shelter). That equals nearly 64,000 services provided from Jan. 1 to Sept. 10, 2020.
We have also shared these data with elected and community leaders regionally and statewide to pinpoint real-time needs and opportunities.
Our three focus areas are evident and inextricably linked together - as we push to improve the education, financial stability and health of our community continues. If there are people in our community who may not have understood before the linkages between these three areas, it is clear they do now. It's hard to have one without the other.
UNITED is the WAY.