COVID-19 Relief

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The United Way Bay Area COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will address local needs by bringing together UWBA’s broad community partner network for immediate needs and long-term recovery.
As the challenges with the economic fallout of the pandemic continue, our relief efforts include:

  • We are connecting people to basic needs like food, shelter, and rental assistance
  • We are helping youth and adults stay on track for their education and career goals
  • We ensure our Bay Area neighbors, many of whom are students, parents, families, and seniors, have the resources to pay bills, save for the future, and stay in their homes.

At the same time, we are keeping our focus on building an equitable system to emerge stronger. We CANNOT go back to the “old normal”. The pandemic has revealed the deep and systemic disparities – both economic and health – Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color. United Way is committed to the racial justice and equity that is required for an equitable recovery. The work ahead includes policy advocacy, program innovations, and investment in systems-level approaches.

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Press Releases

5.07.2020 -United Way Bay Area COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Distributes $4.3 Million, More Support Needed.

3.31.20 -United Way Bay Area Launches COVID-19 Community Relief Fund for Eight Counties-Donations will support 211 services and nonprofits assisting those hit hardest by crisis.

Nonprofit Organization Fund Grantee List

View full grantee list here

Thank YOu

Thank you to our generous donors who have contributed to our COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Because of you, we have raised $5.4 million and distributed $4.9 million to over 130 nonprofits (as of 10/7/2020) across eight Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano). View the list of fund grantees.
The United Way Bay Area COVID19 Community Relief Fund contributions will support our programs and our partnerships with local Bay Area organizations and our short term and long-term response services in four key impact areas:

Funding Focus

Basis Needs Assistance

Support our capacity to meet basic needs of the families most affected by the economic effects of the coronavirus spread prevention measures such as assistance with rent, housing, food, or utilities.

Worker Support

Support the needs of workers through career coaching, helping with public benefits assistance applications, and career readiness activities.

Financial Stability and Resiliency

Support our programs to help families and individuals to become financially stable by increasing their savings, accessing refundable tax credits, improving their credit score, and securing jobs with a living wage.


Q: What counties will be covered by the COVID-19 Community Relief Funds?
A: The funds will cover United Way Bay Area’s 8 county service areas: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties.
Q: How will COVID-19 Community Relief Funds be used?
A: UWBA will decide to use the funds based on our assessment of local needs, our program priorities, and the opportunity to leverage other philanthropic resources. We will make decisions on the use of funds with significant insights from our community members and partners and our experience operating poverty fighting programs in the Bay Area
Q: Can I direct my gift to a specific county?
A: If you wish to direct your gift to a specific county, please add a comment to your donation using the following parameters: COVID-19-[county name]. (Example: COVID-19-Alameda County).
Q: What will funding be used for?
A: The collected funds will be applied to immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties. Relief and recovery efforts may include providing basic needs services to individuals or ensuring 211 is available to connect callers with public health and local community services information.
Q: Will there be an administrative charge applied to relief fund donations?
A: To support administrative and processing costs, a 5% fee will be withheld from all fund contributions.


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