In March 2020, United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta launched the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to get emergency funding to nonprofits working on the frontlines to support our region’s most vulnerable workers and families. Through our partnership and generous donors, we raised $28.2 million that resulted in 14.1 million interventions.
Now, we must look forward to rebuilding.
With the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund completing its final distribution of $28.2 million to the Greater Atlanta community, United Way of Greater Atlanta has now launched the COVID-19 Recovery to Rebuilding Plan. Investments in the COVID-19 Recovery to Rebuilding Plan will provide funding to United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Child Well-Being Mission Fund, enabling it to address urgent needs; to fill funding gaps; to leverage unforeseen opportunities, and so much more.
The COVID-19 Recovery to Rebuilding Plan is lifting and emphasizing six existing Child Well-Being investment strategies (Strong Learners, College and Career Ready, Economic Stability, and Brighter Future) that will help our community transition from immediate COVID response and recovery to the longer-term work of rebuilding and restoration.
Young adults whose paths to employment were interrupted by the pandemic and who now need new connections to job networks.
Families and individuals who lost income during the pandemic and incurred oppressive financial and medical debts and need relief from those debts to get back on track.
Families who lost their homes and are living in limbo in motels now need permanent and stable housing to stabilize their lives and livelihoods.
Children, youth and adults whose mental health was damaged by the pandemic need accessible mental health services to restore their ability to be fully functional and thrive.
Nonprofits that were called upon to step up to unprecedented levels of demand and unable to fulfill all of it now need the training and resources to continue to meet more complex and high levels of demand in the future.
Children living in families that lacked the technology and support to keep up with their schoolwork need summer learning opportunities and emotional support to address the extreme stresses of disconnection during the pandemic.