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COVID-19 Response

IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE RESOURCES IN MONTANA, DIAL 211 FROM ANY PHONE OR VISIT www.MONTANA211.org

Monday, March 30

Big News! We have partnered with The Billings Community Foundation to pool our resources and collaborate on the COVID-19 Community Response Fund!

  • The COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established in partnership by the Billings Community Foundation and the United Way of Yellowstone County. It is receiving support from individuals, corporations, and foundations throughout our region to provide immediate and coordinated response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the following counties are eligible for funding: Bighorn County · Carbon County · Custer County · Fergus County · Musselshell County · Rosebud County  · Stillwater County · Treasure County · Yellowstone County.
  • The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local nonprofit capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak pandemic as efficiently as possible.
  • The Fund's first priority and focus is to distribute grants to nonprofit organizations providing disaster relief efforts and serving economically vulnerable children, families, and seniors impacted by COVID-19.

FUND GUIDELINES

  • Seventy-five percent of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will be available via a quick easy grant process to 501©3 organizations to address basic needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Twenty-five percent of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will go directly to the Yellowstone County Continuum of Care to meet shelter and homelessness diversion needs such as rent assistance.  This existing coordinated effort is best suited to address individual emergency housing needs, and duplicative processes do not need to be setup.
  • In order to stay responsive to needs, the guidelines and application may adapt.
  • The fund will be maintained until such a time as it is deemed unnecessary.
  • The Billings Community Foundation and United Way of Yellowstone County encourage donations directly to nonprofits.  In the case of corporations, individuals and others who desire to support our community’s most vulnerable during this time, but do not know how, OR those who wish to support the shelter and diversion capacity of Continuum of Care partners, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund serves as an easy and trustworthy conduit.
  • Donations are Tax Deductible.

 

Friday, March 19
We at United Way of Yellowstone County are committed to the safety and well-being of our community. We want to keep the community safe from possible infection, but we also recognize that we must continue to meet the needs of families who rely upon us and upon our partners when they are in need. 
 
The state’s preventive measures have caused a ripple effect throughout Montana communities. Recent dismissals and closures of schools, mandated teleworking, and event cancellations may cause food shortages, income loss, and lack of access to community resources.  
 
We are currently focusing our efforts on three strategies:  
  • 211 Referrals and Updates 
  • We encourage any members of the community in need of services to dial 2-1-1 or to visit Montana211.org 
  • COVID-19 Fund 
  • We have initiated a COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help provide resources to Yellowstone County 501(c)3 organizations working with local families affected by the outbreak. Guidelines to access funds will be available in the coming days.
  • If you are able, please consider a contribution to this fund.
  • Agency Needs 
  • The United Way of Yellowstone County’s website will be regularly updated with information from our community partners to let the public know about any changes to services or hours.   
  • View the current list here.
 
We are also doing all we can to keep our staff safe. Given the seriousness of the situation, we created the following health and safety guidelines to support and protect our staff, partners, and community.
 
These guidelines will be in place for the foreseeable future, but we will reassess as new information emerges.  
 
  • We have temporarily closed our office starting Monday, March 16, and our staff is working remotely.  
  • Staff members are available by phone or email.  
 
  • All in-person meetings will either be rescheduled or held by phone or video conference.  
  • We believe this is the most responsible action we can take to safeguard the health and safety of our staff while protecting the wider community.  
 
  • We will remain in contact with all of our employees as well as our board, partners, and community members. 
 
United Way of Yellowstone County is grateful to its partner agencies, staff, donors, corporate partners, and others for supporting us during this difficult time. We are committed to leading the effort to meet the needs of our local community. 
Wednesday, March 18

We are aware that this post has gone viral on social media and believe it was started by an individual who contacted Indiana 211 and received assistance, who wanted to share it with good intentions. The number listed is the direct line for Indiana 211, and the assistance it refers to is related to United Way of Central Indiana’s COVID-19 fund.

If you are in need of assistance in Montana, dial 211 or visit www.montana211.org

Monday, March 16

The United Way of Yellowstone County is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) recommendations. Information is rapidly evolving, and we are working quickly to identify how we can support our staff, partners, and Yellowstone County during this time.

Given the seriousness of the situation, we created the following health and safety guidelines to support and protect our staff, partners, and community. These guidelines will be in place for the foreseeable future, but we will reassess as new information emerges.

• We are closing our office starting Monday, March 16, and our staff will be working remotely. We will be conducting business as usual and will be available by phone or email.

• All in-person meetings will either be rescheduled or held by phone or video conference. We believe this is the most responsible action we can take to safeguard the health and safety of our staff while protecting the wider community.

For more information about the coronavirus pandemic, we recommend following the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MT DPHHS), and your county public health department for news about your local area (Yellowstone County).

If you are in need of resources, dial 211 or visit www.montana211.org.

The United Way of Yellowstone County Team

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