United Way of Tucson has distributed
$345,000 to local agencies to-date
with more funds on the way!
United For Southern Arizona
COVID-19 Fund Updates
Your United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is excited to share weekly updates related to our United for Southern Arizona COVID-19 Fund . Funds raised are distributed to partner agencies and go directly to helping local individuals and families in our community during this critical time of need. It is only through your generosity that we are able to create a positive impact in the lives of others. Thank you for making this possible! Read on below for individual stories of impact, volunteer opportunities and other important updates.
Partner Agencies:
Community Stories
Thanks to the generous support of our funders and donors like you, United Way of Tucson has been able to help individuals and families in conjunction with our partner organizations. Below you will read the stories of these individuals and how they are being directly affected during this COVID-19 crisis.
Housing Assistance
Right now, individuals and families are rapidly running out of funds for housing. The Southern Arizona community is in urgent need of assistance during this difficult time of quarantine, job loss and health concerns.

From International Rescue Committee (IRC):  “A couple with four children found themselves in need of help when the husband lost his job due to COVID and applied for unemployment benefits. His unemployment benefits were denied and he has appealed but is yet to hear if he will receive help. The family received only a partial stimulus check and, according to IRS guidelines, will not receive the full amount until next year. The family used part of their stimulus money to pay rent, utilities, and other costs in April. They used the rest of their stimulus check to pay part of their rent for the month of May but needed help paying the remainder. The IRC was able to help them with this partial payment and will work with the family until they are stable again."

From Valley Assistance Service in Green Valley: "A couple, who had been working for a local restaurant in Tubac, were laid off of work when the restaurant had to close. Only one of them has received an unemployment check and the other is still waiting to receive theirs. Neither of them has received a stimulus check. This couple isn’t used to receiving support from the community and were very grateful to get help paying their rent for the month of May.”

The COVID-19 Fund has gone directly towards helping supply our partner agencies with housing and rental assistance to be distributed to the individuals and families most in need, including the families above.
Family Assistance
From Our Family Services: “Silvia” is a single mom with six children. Her work visa expired right before COVID and she is waiting for it to get renewed. She does not have child care for her young children. She was working in the hotel industry before COVID and is eligible for rehire once she gets her visa renewal. “Silvia” received help with getting food and household supplies and is hopeful she will be able to take care of herself and her family as soon as she can get back to work.
Volunteer Updates:
  • Provided 12 drivers to the YWCA to deliver food boxes
COVID-19 Basic Needs Drive

Young Leaders United is running a COVID-19 Drive for youth recently released from the Juvenille Detention Center as well as other Opportunity Youth in Southern Arizona, 16 – 24 year olds who are not enrolled in school and aren't working. Donations can be dropped off at Goodwill Metro at 300 N 4th Ave on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 10:30am to 4pm. For more information, email Meredith at mbode@unitedwaytucson.org
We need your help to keep
Southern Arizona United
Your support right now is crucial to alleviate the financial hardship many are facing today. For nearly 100 years, your United Way of Southern Arizona has been fulfilling our mission of mobilizing the community to solve real-time problems. Your gift to this fund will quickly support a child, family, or older person with what is essential right now. Together, we can help each other and our community emerge stronger than ever. With our non-profit partners, United Way will continue to deliver emergency services and resources for individuals and families who need help today.  When we LIVE UNITED, we can achieve more than any single entity can alone. When you GIVE UNITED, you can change lives.