United Way and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald launch Miami Pandemic Response Fund


United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have launched the Miami Pandemic Response Fund. Health Foundation of South Florida, The Miami Foundation and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau have joined United Way in providing seed funding of $350,000 to aid families and small businesses through a network of nonprofit partners responding to the unprecedented economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. In this time of need, the community is urged to join this initiative and support each other by donating through Operation Helping Hands.

With 59% of local households already struggling to meet their basic needs, including more than 248,000 families with children, we know one setback can lead to a major financial hardship. A prolonged crisis like this can be catastrophic, not only for these families but for small businesses which serve as the backbone of our local economy. 81% of Miami-Dade County businesses fall into this category, and have 10 or less employees.

The fund will allow us to address short term impacts on working families with emergency needs including rent/mortgage assistance, food, medication and utilities as well as issue micro-grants to small businesses.

Together, we help our community weather any kind of storm, from hurricanes to viruses, we stand for a #StrongerMiami.

Please share this message and donate at https://portal.unitedwaymiami.org/COVID19.

To make a donation you can:

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.

About United Way of Miami-Dade

Since 1924, United Way of Miami-Dade has been an innovative force in the community, successfully responding to emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. Today our work is focused on education, financial stability and health – the building blocks for a good life. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources. To learn more, give, advocate or volunteer, visit unitedwaymiami.org, facebook.com/UnitedWayMiami, twitter.com/UnitedWayMiami or instagram/UnitedWayMiami.


2020-03-24T12:46:25-04:00 March 18th, 2020|