Saturday, April 11, 2020

United Way Community Covid-19 Relief Fund now in full operation
     The Livingston County United Way (LCUW) is excited to share the LCUW Community Covid-19 Relief Fund is set up, is receiving donations and has already sent checks to 7 programs needing support at the front line. 
     A hundred percent of the funds raised will go toward helping local nonprofit agencies meet the basic needs of those most vulnerable during this crisis. 
   “The online platform we created has given residents the capability to donate any size of donation, and it’s working, $20 donations add up quick,” said Terri Hillier-Romankewiz, LCUW Marketing & Development Director.
     The LCUW Community Covid-19 Relief fund has also received two large donations from local companies. 
    Meijer sent LCUW a donation with an enclosed written letter from Rick Keyes, President and CEO, and Hank Meijer, Executive Chairman, stating “The essential services you provide day after day offer hope, stability in the building blocks for a good quality of life for every member of our community. We are honored to provide you with $39,000.” Meijer has 3 store locations in Livingston County.
     Citizen’s Insurance Company of America, a member of The Hanover Insurance Group, located in Howell, also made a donation of $25,000.
     “United Way is offering critical support to the local community during these challenging times. As a member of the Howell community, we’re proud to help further its efforts,” said Paul J. Mueller, West Zone Executive at The Hanover.
     Thanks to the generosity of these donors, LCUW was able to provide support to 6 nonprofits with 7 programs.  Recipient agencies will provide emergency food, nights of shelter, and personal care items to Livingston County residents already impacted by the Covid-19 shutdown.  Liz Welch, LCUW Community Investments Director said, “We also have to thank our Community Impact Volunteers, who have been meeting with us virtually to help us make these critical funding decisions.”
    LCUW encourages local nonprofits to apply for funding.  Right now, LCUW is able to turn around a response within a week or less. Relief Fund guidelines and application can be found at
     As things continue to change daily, we know the next weeks will uncover additional needs for families. LCUW invites the community to also get involved and make a big impact.
     If you would like to donate to the fund, you can visit our website at, click on this link , text Livcohelp to 41444 or mail a check payable to Livingston County United with “Community Relief Fund” noted in the memo line. Mail checks to LCUW at 2980 Dorr Rd, Brighton, MI 48116.

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