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More Ways to Help

How to Help Families in Need During COVID-19

There are many ways to help!

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are lots of great ways that you can help your neighbors in need – and still follow social distancing guidelines. Here are a few suggestions:

Set Up a Facebook Fundraiser to Benefit United Community

Celebrate a special occasion (a Birthday, Anniversary or special Holiday) by inviting your friends and neighbors to help those in need! Click here to set up a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit United Community. It’s easy to set up and 100% of donations go to help your neighbors in need.

You can also use your fundraiser to join a world-wide giving day like #GivingTuesdayCheck out the United Community Facebook Page for some examples!

Use Amazon Smile

When you’re doing your online shopping, go to smile.amazon.com and select United Community as your charity of choice. A percentage of each purchase you make will go to help your neighbors in need.

Organize a Virtual Food Drive

During the COVID-19 crisis, United Community staff and volunteers have distributed You can help us out by hosting a virtual food drive! Use email or social media to invite your family, friends or colleagues to make an online donation to United Community.

Their donations will go to help families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Include the online donation link (www.donateuc.org) in your email and social media outreach.

Remember that a donation as small as $35 can help feed a family of four for a week!

If you’d like help getting started, email info@unitedcommunity.org for some fun ideas.

How to organize a collection drive.

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1. Organize. Before organizing a food collection drive, please fill out this form to provide advanced notice to our food pantry staff. If you email info@unitedcommunity.org, our staff can provide you with a list of items that are in short supply and times that work best to drop off donations. Here are a few things to remember when organizing a drive. Here are few things to keep in mind when organizing collection drives: Be sure to discuss your plans with the head of your group or organization. Decide where you will place collection bins and the time frame of your drive. TIP: Center your drive around a specific theme. For example, cereal drives are an easy way to collect nutritious food for the most important meal of the day.

2. Publicize. Create a flyer and post it at strategic locations. Get the word out through newsletters, emails, and social media. We can supply you with materials about United Community to distribute.

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Make sure to include United Community’s donation page in your communication, in case your neighbors prefer to help out that way.

Bags and cans of foods at the food pantry

3. Collect. Place your collection bins in designated places. Keep reminding people to bring in items (or cash donations, if applicable.

4. Deliver your items to United Community. Let us know when you plan to make your delivery (through the Google form) or an email to your contact.

TIP: Thank key volunteers who helped with the drive. Let everyone know about the success of your drive. Send us photos of your drive, and we’ll post to our website and social media channels to say thank you.

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety our staff, volunteers, and donors, United Community strongly encourages our community members to make a monetary contribution to United Community’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund or one of the options listed on this page.. Each of these provides vital support for our families in need, while allowing everyone to maintain social distancing. 

However, for those who prefer to organize a collection drive, please remember to exercise the proper precautions per the CDC guidelines.

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