NORFOLK, Va. (April 21, 2020) – United Way of South Hampton Roads has received over $800,000 in corporate contributions to their Coronavirus Recovery Fund from both new and existing partners.
To date, the following companies have made gifts to the Fund:
- Bank of America
- Birdsong Peanuts
- Burns & McDonnell
- Coca Cola
- Damuth Trane
- Dollar Tree
- Dominion Energy
- Langley for Families Foundation
- PRA Group
- S&K Sales
- The Blocker Foundation
- The Curtis Group
- Truist Charitable Fund
- Virginia Natural Gas
- Wells Fargo
Two of the largest gifts were from long-time United Way partners USAA and Virginia Natural Gas, each giving $100,000 and $120,000 respectively, while the largest corporate gift, $250,000, came from Dollar Tree in their first contribution to their new partnership with UWSHR.
“The communities we serve are at the heart of everything we do,” stated Gary Philbin, Dollar Tree’s chief executive officer. “Our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar teams have been dedicated and focused on maintaining safe and healthy shopping environments, while providing essential products at great values for our customers during their time of need. To help combat the effects of COVID-19, we are proud to launch our partnership with United Way to support neighborhoods where we shop, work and live.”
“We are so thankful for the support from our business community, particularly during a crisis such as this that has such economic implications,” said Michele Anderson, president and CEO of UWSHR. “With the support of these partners, we’ve been able to develop an unprecedented response to an unprecedented crisis and be there for those who need us most.”
The Coronavirus Recovery Fund was launched to support UWSHR’s crisis response efforts including direct service to individuals needing assistance, immediate support to agencies on the frontlines and long-term recovery planning. To date, the United Way Coronavirus Response Hotline with support from ForKids has received nearly 2,900 calls, with the large majority of callers reporting a total loss of income. Immediate support to agencies is being provided through grants in collaboration with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the first round of which are expected to be awarded this week.
Additional companies wishing to support the Fund are encouraged to contact Jacob Peterson, vice president of resource development at UWSHR, at 757-853-8500 x180. Individuals who wish to make a gift can text COVID to 41444 or visit unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus.
For more information on UWSHR’s response efforts, including how to get assistance, visit unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus.