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United Way accepting applicants for new ‘United We Stand Fund’

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(WBNG) -- The United Way of Broome County says it is now accepting applicants for the newly announced "United We Stand Fund."

The United Way says the new funding stream's primary purpose is to quickly deploy flexible resources to non-profit agencies and charitable organizations that are addressing the needs of people who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The organization says the United We Stand Fund will provide aid to frontline human service organizations working within the community to the combat the effects the pandemic. It will support solutions to meet the community's needs, the United Way says, along the organization's foundational strategies of health, education, financial stability and basic needs.

Posted below is the application requirements for the United We Stand Fund, provided by the United Way of Broome County:

Eligibility: All applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, or other charitable organizations which are qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.

Funding Period: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated weekly for future rounds. Decisions will be made throughout the crisis period to facilitate the urgent need for funding against evolving community needs.

Additionally, the United Way says:

Applicants are encouraged to contact Lindsey Mott, Senior Community Initiatives Manager, with any questions about this grant program.

In a news release, United Way Executive Director LoriAnne Welch says the United Way is committed to helping the community impacted by the pandemic.

"Health and human service organizations are experiencing an unprecedented demand for services from those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” Welch said. “By working together as a community, we will support organizations in re-envisioning a 'new normal' that results in an equitable and resilient Broome County.”

President of the United Way of Broome County Board of Directors Zachary Majka says the organization's mission is to make a positive impact within the community by leveraging the collective resources of community partners.

"These funds will strengthen that work during this crisis and into the future,” Majka said.

Majak added, “Our Annual Community Campaign supports programs and projects across Broome County that focus on those foundational strategies of health, education, financial stability, and basic needs; and through community support, our work will continue in this realm. Yet, as a result of these unprecedented times, the United Way of Broome County Board of Directors is committed to being a part of our community’s response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.”

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