Operation Helping Hands

Operation Helping Hands 2020-06-10T12:40:57-05:00

Miami Pandemic Response Fund

To support this fluid and rapidly escalating need, United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, joined by media partner Univision 23, have activated Operation Helping Hands, an emergency response initiative to help our neighbors during a time of crisis.

Through Operation Helping Hands a collaborative of funders and corporate partners have joined efforts to establish the Miami Pandemic Response Fund.  The fund will support struggling families with emergency needs including rent/mortgage assistance, food, and medication, as well as issue micro-grants to small businesses.


In this time of need, the community is urged to join this initiative and support each other by donating to the fund and signing up to volunteer through VolunteerMiami. The funds and donated services will aid families and small businesses through a network of nonprofit partners responding to the unprecedented economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the pandemic outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis.

Helping Miami Families and Small Businesses

Together, we help our community weather any kind of storm, from hurricanes to viruses, we stand for a #StrongerMiami. Once again, Operation Helping Hands serves as our platform for bringing our collective efforts together to begin to address the short-term impacts on vulnerable families and small businesses as well as build long-term economic resilience in Miami-Dade.


  1. Visit: https://unitedwaymiami.org/ohh_covid19
  2. Call: 1-800-226-3320
  3. Give via Venmo: @UnitedWayMiami
  4. Give via Paypal: at https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/2169193

TO VOLUNTEER, VISIT:  VolunteerMiami

TO GET HELP, VISIT: Resources Center

For more information, contact: caring@unitedwaymiami.org

Funder Collaborative

Logo for Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation

Participating Partner organizations

Logo for Allegany Francisco Ministries
Logo for ATT
Logo for Bank of America
Logo for BAC Florida Bank
Logo for BJ's Charitable Foundation

Catalyst Fund
Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Shipley

Logo for Children's Trust
Logo for Deloitte
Logo for Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund
Logo for Florida Blue
Logo for FPL
Logo for HCA
Logo for Helios Educational Foundation
Logo for Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Logo for JP Morgan Chase
Logo for Knight Foundation
Logo for Kislak Family Foundation
Logo for Related
Logo for Target
Logo for Wells-Fargo

About Operation Helping Hands

Operation Helping Hands is a partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald that was created in 1998 in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes Mitch and Georges, to provide the people of South Florida a way to extend a helping hand to their neighbors in need. Since then, it has been reactivated numerous times in response to disasters and other emergency situations.