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Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund in place

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Several Dane County community groups are working together to help people hardest hit by the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

United Way of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Selfless Ambition and other area organizations announced a collaborative effort to provide financial relief.

On Friday, the groups announced they had already raised $885,500 for the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.

To make a gift to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, visit or text “help4covid” to 40403.

The funds will be distributed in two categories.

Short-term emergency

Focused on individual and families’ immediate needs. This fund is operated by Boys & Girls Club and Selfless Ambition and fundraising closes on March 20. Grant decisions will be made by May 15 and will be directed to:

  • Medical supplies for those impacted by this virus
  • Meals for kids due to school closures
  • Local shelters as they assist families and individuals
  • College students in need of temporary housing and meals
  • Senior citizens in need of meals, transportation and medical assistance
  • Hardship funding for nonprofits for individuals and families

Long-term response and recovery

Focused on providing resources to nonprofits, individuals and families. This fund is operated by United Way of Dane County and will remain open for the foreseeable future. This fund is focused on:

  • Food/meals for older adults and children
  • Eviction prevention
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Flex fund (flexible dollars to respond to other crises that individuals, families or nonprofits experience)

Long-term recovery needs will continue to be assessed as more data about the impact of the crisis become available.

United Way of Dane County is also looking for volunteers to assist in COVID-19-related efforts including food delivery, childcare for emergency care workers, temporary housing and food pantry staffing/donations.

If you are interested in helping, you can visit