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Acton-Boxborough United Way Launches COVID-19 Impact Fund

First $25,000 Raised to be Matched Dollar for Dollar

ACTON & BOXBOROUGH, MA, March 24, 2020 - Acton-Boxborough United Way today launched the “COVID-19 Impact Fund” to channel the community’s generosity to residents and local service agencies that are most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Laid-off workers, business owners who were forced to temporarily shut their doors, self-quarantined residents, struggling families and seniors need support now to pay rent, get food, pay bills and secure basic necessities. All funds raised will go directly to those in need or the agencies that support them.

To launch the fund, an ABUW Board member, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged to match each donation by residents dollar for dollar up to $25,000. To donate today, go to www.abuw.org.

A-B United Way fights for the health, financial stability, and education of every person in the community. "When there are crises in our community, we need to come together," said Griet Dehandschutter, Executive Director of A-B United Way. "COVID-19 is unprecedented in scope. The COVID-19 Impact Fund will bring immediate relief to residents in need."

A-B United Way’s role is to bring local organizations together, help streamline vital community resources and communications, as well as rally the community to support those in need. It has been closely collaborating with town and state officials, the AB school district, local direct service agencies, community and faith groups, United Way leaders from around the country, and lots of local volunteers.

"Never before have we seen so much cooperation between the public and private sector in Acton and Boxborough, despite the hardship," said Kristina Rychlik, president of A-B United Way.

All proceeds of the COVID-19 Impact Fund will be used to allocate COVID-19 emergency grants in two ways:

  • Residents in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19 as identified and screened by local authorities.
  • Direct service agencies that support Acton and Boxborough residents, such as local food banks, which must nimbly adjust their operating model day-to-day as a result of the pandemic.

Dial 2-1-1 for Answers to COVID-19 Questions and Access Local Resources

Massachusetts United Ways are proud to join forces with the MA Department of Health and MA Emergency Management Association to make their Mass 2-1-1 hotline the official source of real-time info on COVID-19. The Mass 2-1-1 service is open to callers 24/7, with in-person help in 150 languages. Acton-Boxborough United Way is actively involved in updating information on local resources. For more information, go to www.mass211.org.

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