CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO)- Non-profits were created for times like this.
The United Way of Greater Cleveland is on the front lines of the Coronavirus fight. Their mission fits right into serving the community. But those funds used to help propel those efforts for other non-profits to assist, are slowly running dry.
Nancy Mendez is VP of Community Impact with the United Way. She says, “We have a lot of people that all of sudden have found themselves out of work. And they are some of our most vulnerable individuals, living paycheck to paycheck as it is. And now they need the most basic needs.”
Basic essentials like food. Working with food banks, they’ve adjusted to drive-thru pick-up for individuals, even delivering food packages to families. But there have also been challenges, especially not being able to have face-to-face counsel with those who are dealing with domestic violence. “If an individual finds themselves in a situation where they’re feeling unsafe in their home... and with remote work, and with people living quarantined, that’s a real big concern.” says Mendez.
Another worry for the group is keeping its staff and volunteers safe. “Both the individuals that are working and volunteering to help people in need...are also safe like the individuals that are receiving the services,” says Mendez.