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COVID-19 Response Campaign

Dear United Way Supporter,

We know these are unsettling times, and we want to assure you that our priority remains our communities and staff as COVID-19 impacts each of us.  The emergence and rapid spread of this virus has caused a level of disruption in our lives that none of us could imagine just a short while ago.  This crisis is also driving urgent and unexpected needs in our communities as many face financial uncertainty stemming from efforts to contain the virus.

What we are doing to help?

First, United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas has established locally a COVID-19 Response Campaign.  All funds raised will go to support efforts of member agency network who are experiencing decreased revenue due to service disruptions and/or increase demand for services.  For more information or to make a donation, visit the dedicated campaign giving portal and donation form.

We have also created a Text-To-Give platform.  Text 2020COVID to 41444 and you will receive a link with giving options.  100% of your donation will go directly to help people right here in our communities.

Of course, to arrange for other giving options you can contact the United Way at (417) 624-0153 in Joplin and (620) 231-8140 in Pittsburg or send a check with COVID19 Response Campaign in the memo to 3510 East 3rd Street in Joplin and 117 West Fourth Street in Pittsburg.

2-1-1 network available

We know that there are many outlets for information about COVID19 and both Kansas and Missouri 2-1-1 networks are available to answer questions and make social service referrals.  To connect with a 2-1-1 representative, simply dial 2-1-1 or in Kansas call 1-888-413-4327 and in Missouri call 1-800-427-4626.

Your neighbors are going to need your help.  We are already getting calls from individuals, families and our network of service providers seeking help because of the impact this crisis is having on our communities.  We know our region is extraordinarily generous and people will step up to help their neighbors.

Finally, as of Thursday, March 19, 2020, United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas will move to a low-density workplace, but will remain available to provide assistance and answer any questions you may have.  

This is a time when our communities shine.  Stay safe and know that together we will get through this.

Duane Dreiling
Executive Director
United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas