Cumberland County United Way CovID-19 Updates

NC 2-1-1 TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR COVID-19

Governor Roy Cooper has announced that 2-1-1 is the number to call for assistance and resources related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service, operated by United Way of North Carolina, where families and individuals can obtain free and confidential information on health and human service resources within their community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Resources are available in most languages.

United Way of Cumberland County is proud to provide funding and support to bring 2-1-1 to Cumberland County along with the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County Government and Fayetteville PWC. “NC 2-1-1 is an important resource every day for families in our community who may experience a crisis such as food insecurity or unemployment. During times like this with the COVID 19 crisis, the needs of all North Carolinians will increase and I am proud 2-1-1 will be here to help,” said Robert Hines, President and CEO of United Way of Cumberland County.

“Services like NC 2-1-1 are critical during times of emergency,” said Governor Cooper. “We need to make sure North Carolinians have access to the resources they need while we continue to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response. Individuals who have specific needs related to food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more should dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance. Due to expected high call volume, those wanting to stay updated on general developments with North Carolina’s response to the coronavirus crisis should sign up for 211’s text alerts by texting COVIDNC to 898211.

NC 2-1-1 cannot provide direct medical services, and COVID-19 can only be diagnosed by a health care professional. If you suspect you or someone you care for may have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, you should contact your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, you can call your local health department or a Federally Qualified Health Clinic for guidance.

To learn more about NC 2-1-1, visit nc211.org. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in North Carolina, go to ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

More Resources

NC 2-1-1

2-1-1 is the number to call for assistance and resources related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service, operated by United Way of North Carolina, where families and individuals can obtain free and confidential information on health and human service resources within their community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Resources are available in most languages. North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response. To learn more about NC 2-1-1, visit https://www.nc211.org/

School Meal Service

Cumberland County School District is offering drive-thru “grab & go”. Children ages 18 and younger will be eligible for meals. They do not have to be a CCS student. For example, a two-year-old child can receive a meal. Students do not have to be present when parents/guardians pick up the meals.

Lunch will be provided for the current day and a breakfast for the following day (each student receives two meals). Families may go to any location, regardless of where their child attends school.

For additional information on pick up times and locations visit http://cumberlandathome.ccs.k12.nc.us/curbside-pick-up-meals-locations/

Cumberland@home

We are excited to announce Cumberland@Home! Cumberland@Home is a remote-learning opportunity to allow students to continue learning beyond the walls of our classrooms. All Pre-K-12 materials will extend learning opportunities previously taught by classroom teachers. These review materials will help deepen our students’ understanding and prepare them for the end-of-year standardized assessments. While students are engaged in Cumberland@Home, assignments may be completed virtually for high school students via Google Classrooms and via paper and pencil assignments for Pre-K through 8th grade. These assignments will be provided prior to the Cumberland@Home day. Students will access Google Classroom the way that they have previously accessed it at school. http://cumberlandathome.ccs.k12.nc.us/

Talking to Children About COVID-19

The National Association of School Psychologists has provided guidelines and resources (https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource) for speaking with children about COVID-19. BrainPop also has a video (https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR2H8EDrlZ2S4kwJ_iaeduOzqjAcpBsQGbLLn-CjDSosugwzV3sVO7hDczk) to help explain COVID-19.

Social distancing guidelines

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 it has been recommended to practice social distancing. SHRM has provided suggested guidelines for social distancing at work that can be found here (https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/pages/social-distancing-guidelines.aspx) .

Free internet access

To help those who may not have access to the internet in their homes, Comcast is providing new customers with 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service in addition to opening Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them for free. More information can be found at https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE

For the latest COVID – 19 information as it relates to the City of Fayetteville, go to https://fayettevillenc.gov/government/city-departments/corporate-communications/covid-19-information

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

For the latest COVID – 19 information as it relates to Cumberland County, go to http://www.co.cumberland.nc.us/

United Way Donations

You can also donate directly to our Covid-19 Response Fund by mailing a check to our office, texting UNITED to 855-735-2437 or by clicking here.

FAQ

I/my family have been impacted by COVID-19.  How will this fund help me?

While the fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support.  These are organizations that are already working to help you.  As we begin to award grants, we will post them on this page.

My organization is interested in resources from this fund. Can we be considered?

We will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, our Board of Directors and recommend final awards.  In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time.

When will you share who received funds?

We are currently assessing our community’s need.  We anticipate distributing funds in the upcoming weeks.  We will publish a list of grants on our website and announce them on social media.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my gift to a specific organization?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible, the Fund is not considering restricted donations at this time.  The COVID – 19 Relief Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.