WHAT: To prepare for the financial effects of the Coronavirus, United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO) has established a COVID-19 fund to help those whose incomes will be impacted.
WHERE: UWSEMO service area, which includes the counties of Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Perry, and northern Scott.
WHO: UWSEMO partners and programs that support immediate need and financial stability.
HOW: Donate at www.unitedwayofsemo.org, by mailing a check to United Way of Southeast Missouri, 1417 D N. Mt. Auburn Rd. Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 or by calling 573-334-9634 to provide credit card information.
BACKGROUND: Many hourly employees in this region will be greatly impacted financially by closed businesses and social distancing as we work together to stay healthy. To help them, United Way of Southeast Missouri has created a COVID-19 fund to specifically support the network partners and programs that help those in financial need.
These include The Salvation Army, area food pantries, senior centers and programs, and Emergency Student Funds and backpack programs at area public schools. Although schools are closed, UWSEMO believes the need will be great when classes resume and as working students and parents must remain at home. Funds also will be directed to the Family Transition Team consisting of social workers throughout the region who collectively respond to immediate need.