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COVID-19 Community Update

Warm greetings to our friends and neighbors,
For more than 30 years, United Way of Hunterdon County (UWHC) has been committed to serving the community through triumphs and challenges. We have remained committed to mobilizing the caring power of the community to help people in need. As we all face growing concerns about COVID-19, our mission and purpose remain the same. 
Our community’s health is of the utmost importance to us. To that end, we are taking CDC recommended steps, and adhering to the directives issued by Gov. Murphy, to ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients. We are taking immediate steps as an organization to reduce risk; please note the following changes to our services:
  • Our offices and Community Volunteer Center are CLOSED until further notice.
  • All events associated with United Way of Hunterdon County have been cancelled or postponed. We will alert the public to new dates as events are rescheduled in the future.
  • The VITA Free Tax Preparation program has been postponed for the next 4 weeks. NO VITA activities will be occurring until we reassess the safety of holding the program, no sooner than April 15th. Clients who had appointments will be contacted and rescheduled when the program resumes. 
In addition, in our role as lead agency for VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) the Hunterdon County Division of Emergency Management has activated UWHC to serve as its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Management Partner. Details will be shared on this soon.
We have been asked how you can volunteer to assist during this challenging time. The best thing we can all do to help each other is follow CDC, state and local recommendations and be careful of spreading the virus, as well as misinformation regarding the virus. We are exploring ways to fill gaps and support the community in partnership with health and human service agencies. We will put out the call for volunteers when it is safe to do so, and as definable need is identified.
UWHC will be (virtually) convening a group of partner agencies to assess needs throughout the county, and will disseminate this information as appropriate. We know you want to help, and for that we are so grateful. Please let us figure out the best way, the safest way, for you to do so.
In the meantime, organizations that help our most vulnerable populations during times of crisis are experiencing higher demand. For example, our local food pantries can use immediate assistance of monetary and food donations. Local municipalities may have other ways in which community members can support efforts to keep our populations safe and healthy.  
And all members of the community can access information and resources by visiting NJ211 or Hunterdon Helpline.
Any other health-related inquiries should be directed to the New Jersey Department of Health 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222. A complete list of useful sites can be found at the Hunterdon County Department of Health.
Stress and uncertainty impact each of us in a different way. Please remember that many in our community are not only worried about their family’s health, they are also concerned about their financial wellbeing and stability. A little extra kindness will go a long way.
Let’s help each other to stay safe and healthy, and feel supported. No one is alone in this.
Bonnie Duncan,