United Way Provides Partner Agencies Emergency COVID-19 Grant Funding

The United Way of Central Missouri is committed to providing additional critical resources and support to our community. United Way understands the COVID-19 crisis is causing a surge in demand for immediate services, and therefore in partnership with the United Way of Central Missouri Foundation approved the opportunity for up to $50,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Grant Funding to our partner agencies.  Grant funding was awarded to be used for immediate, critical basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, childcare, utility assistance and other vital services. It is critical that our partners have the resources needed to continue to operate at the highest capacity and to offer additional services when appropriate—and United Way of Central Missouri is committed to supporting our partners and community through this effort.

It is thanks to the incredible support from our community that United Way of Central Missouri was able to provide emergency grant funding to its partner agencies during this time of uncertainty to help meet the growing need of services from our agencies. Thank you, central Missouri!

Total awarded in Emergency COVID-19 Grants to-date: $46,845.20.


United Way of Central Missouri awarded $6,800 to partner agency Little Explorers Discovery Center in Emergency COVID-19 Grant funding. This grant will help:
   >20-25 families in need with the cost of childcare who have been impacted by COVID-19 due to loss of wages.
   >Provide 2 weeks of free childcare for emergency personnel.
   >Fund an additional 2 employees for two weeks who will be dedicated to cleaning and sanitizing the entire center to help keep the center safe for children and staff.
   >Cover the cost of extra cleaning supplies as well as additional childcare supplies, such as diapers and baby wipes, for families who don’t have access to these supplies.

Thank you, Little Explorers Discovery Center! Keep up the great work!


“We have seen an increase of people seeking emergency financial assistance due to job insecurity.” -The Salvation Army Jefferson City

$15,000 in United Way of Central Missouri Emergency COVID-19 Grant funding has been awarded to our partner agency, The Salvation Army, to assist individuals and families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with rental and/or utility assistance. With these dollars, families in our community will be able to keep a roof over their heads and the lights on in their home. Thank you, The Salvation Army, for providing this critical service!


United Way of Central Missouri awarded The Special Learning Center $1,511.20 in Emergency COVID-19 Grant funding to cover the cost of deep sanitation and specialized germ bombs for the entire center as a precautionary measure due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This cleaning will be completed while the center is closed and will enable the center to re-open as a clean and safe facility for its families and staff. Thank you, Special Learning Center, for all you do!


Compass Health Network received $15,000 from the United Way of Central Missouri in Emergency COVID-19 Grant funding to support a crisis line initiative that will be operated daily, from 7 am - 7 pm, with access to after-hours call numbers. This critical crisis line will allow Compass Health Network to enhance its services to help individuals experiencing depression, PTSD, trauma, anxiety, stress and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks, Compass Health Network, for your important work!


The Food Bank received $3,534 from the United Way of Central Missouri in Emergency COVID-19 Grant funding to purchase the equipment necessary to be able to allow employees to work safely from home while still feeding hungry people in our community. Thank you to The Food Bank for all you do!


Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association (CMFCAA) was awarded $5,000 from United Way of Central Missouri in Emergency COVID-19 Grant funding to provide support to its foster & adoptive families during COVID-19. Through these funds, CMFCAA will provide its families assistance with food, utilities, case management, in-home respite and online training resources. Thank you to our friends at CMFCAA for all you do!