MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas — United Way and Waco Foundation partnered together to develop the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to address the needs of McLennan County communities that resulted from the pandemic.

The opportunity was made possible though a gift of $100,000 from United Way's corporate sponsors. The organization indicated that all of the funds will go to individuals and families in need. 

Initial funding from the response fund will go to Caritas of Waco, EOAC, Mission Waco and the Salvation Army, who will use the funding to families in need of housing, food, utilities and childcare. The initial recipients were determined by surveying area non-profits on the the current needs of the community. 

United Way and Waco Foundation indicated that they will continue providing funding to local non-profits in the coming months. 

"United Way and Waco Foundation recognize the impact of COVID-19 has not yet been fully realized and there may be future incidents of high, community transmission/transference that affect workplace and employment activity, and resource availability and supports in the coming months. The goal is to structure the fund to accommodate needs in phases," United Way said on its website.

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