United Way of Northwest Connecticut sets up COVID-19 Response Fund

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NORTHWEST CORNER — United Ways across the state, including the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, have all come together to set up a COVID-19 Response Fund.
The fund is in response to the growing needs of households who are known as ALICE households by the organization (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed).
It has been set up to immediately address the urgent basic household needs of residents who fall into the ALICE category and will work in tandem with other philanthropic efforts statewide.
“United Ways all across the state is very much in tune with what is going on,” United Way of Northwest Connecticut Executive Director Owen Quinn said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “Usually, the United Ways in the state work independently of each other, but this COVID-19 virus has all of our United Ways band together. This will be one response fund where philanthropy organizations can go to donate to help out those in need.”
Quinn said that the crisis in the Northwest Corner due to the COVID-19 virus has made a bad situation even worse for residents who were already previously struggling financially.
“There are people out there that are already working two to three jobs who had hard enough time buying food and paying their bills,” Quinn said. “Now you were laid off, and you are watching your kids at home because they can’t go to school. All of these difficulties are causing major stressors on people’s budgets.”
Quinn said he is hoping for local companies that are still operational will chip into the fund.
“We are working with the ALICE population, along with the elderly which have been the hardest hit,” he said. “We are trying to keep our arms and hands around this crisis that is unprecedented in modern times.”
For information about The United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund call 860-489-3131 or go to www.northwestunitedway.org