As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Calhoun County, our number one priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and community we serve.
The United Way of Calhoun County office is currently closed. During this time, our staff will be practicing social distancing and working remotely. We will remain accessible via email or phone.
5 Things You Can Do To Fight the Corona Crisis
Support the Calhoun County community struggling in the economic fallout of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good. As we move into social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, to do something in the face of this crisis. Fortunately, even in isolation, you can help the most vulnerable among us. Because we are never truly alone in our human community.
Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:
1. Donate to the Calhoun County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Calhoun County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Childcare and educational opportunities are limited. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to the Calhoun County COVID-19 Community Relief Fund help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible.
2. Direct people to 211. The United Ways of Texas 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert 211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. No matter where you live in Texas, it is easy to get connected to information about resources in your community: Dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905, or you can log on to 211texas.org.
3. Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items. Calhoun County Community Ministries (361-552-1722) and the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (361-578-0591) service Calhoun County residents.
4. Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
5. Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself. Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.
COVID-19: Impact on our Non-Profit Community
To better support our nonprofit community, United Way of Calhoun County began surveying nonprofit organizations on a weekly basis to assess the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their operations. The survey goes out to our 11 nonprofit partner agencies.
About the Survey
The United Way of Calhoun County began assessing our partner agencies' needs based on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey compiles a 100% response rate from our 11 partner agencies. Aside from the impact topics presented in the chart, all of our partner agencies (100%) have reported changes to the manner in which they work with clients and adjustments to staffing.
Fundraising & Revenue Impact
The financial situation of our local partner agencies has been impacted significantly. 91% of our local partner agencies reported some degree of decrease to their fundraising efforts and revenue, with 73% reporting significant decreases, largely due to canceled fundraising events/activities and canceled pledges/donations due to personal financial hardships and increased rates of unemployment. The 9% reporting a slight increase provide food bank services as demand for food sources has soared locally and nationally.
Operational Costs Impact
The majority of our local partner agencies (63%) have reported some degree of increase in their operational costs. 45% of agencies reported somewhat of an increase and 18% reported significant increases to their operational costs, largely due to increased service needs, increased staffing measures, and increased cleaning/sanitation. The 9% reporting a significant decrease in operational costs is due to a significant furlough in staff and decreased work rates.
Volunteer & Event Impact
All of our local partner agencies (100%) reported some degree of decrease in their volunteer and event activities. 73% reported significant decreases and 27% reported somewhat of a decrease in their activities, largely due to cancellation or postponement of activities to comply with local, state, and national health and safety guidelines.
Service Need Impact
The majority of our local partner agencies (63%) reported some degree of increase in service needs. 36% reported significant increases and 27% reported somewhat of an increase in service needs for agencies providing substance abuse treatment, assistance to senior citizens (transportation, nutritious meals, and referral services), childcare, resources for family violence, homelessness, and sexual assault, rent assistance, infant essentials (diapers, formula), and food/nutritional resources. The 18% reporting somewhat of a decrease provides legal/court services that have been postponed or rescheduled.
The United Way of Calhoun County is grateful and extends its deepest thanks to the following for supporting our community during COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
For the latest information on the Coronavirus, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website www.coronavirus.gov or the Texas Department of Health Services website www.dshs.texas.gov.