CARES Act & COVID-19 Updates
CARES funding for RENT and UTILITIES has become available in February. For Lake County residents, RENTAL assistance is being disbursed through Lake County as of February 22, 2021. UTILITY assistance for Lake residents is being disbursed by United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties as of February 15, 2021. CARES funding information for Sumter County residents has not yet become available.
If you, or your loved ones are no longer experiencing a hardship and wish to give back to help others, please visit our Donate options and Badge options in honor of our Veterans. Many have asked for these options once back on their feet and we are truly honored.
Office Hours & Procedure Updates
In the face of COVID-19, WE ARE OPERATING LIMITED OFFICE HOURS BY APPOINTMENT and WALK IN.
Please note that our office hours are subject to change with the changing announcements regarding COVID. Current office hours are from 9 to 3 Monday through Wednesday, unless your Case Manager makes a special exception for your situation
Giving Tuesday Helps A.L.I.C.EDonate Now
United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties is actively fighting to help our ALICE Families. When COVID-19 hit, nearly 2.6 million Florida households were one emergency away from financial ruin — a 10-year record high — setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis, according to the state’s latest ALICE Report, released today by United Way of Florida, in partnership with United For ALICE. Over the last decade, Florida’s low-income families systematically lost buying power and financial stability as the high cost of essentials outpaced wages, driving the number of ALICE households to rise 66 percent by 2018, the report shows. Lake County has 12 % of it’s familes living in poverty and 34% are represented in the A.L.I.C.E. population. Sumter County currently has 9% of its residents living in poverty and 25% living in the A.L.I.C.E. threshold. These families need our help.
Leading the charge to help these families overcome the obstacles they face in meeting basic needs is Monica Wofford, the new interim CEO, and the dynamic, dedicated team of professionals. Their goal is to position UWLS to remove obstacles to financial stability, identify gaps in community resources and build data-driven solutions to help ALICE families achieve economic stability, bolstering the state’s economy overall. Heading into Giving Tuesday, United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties will be asking that our community to work together to help our friends, neighbors, and co-workers recover through this crisis.All of the funds raised through this effort will be used to help families with rent, utility, and food. We currently have over 250 requests for assistance and have raised $58,000 to help this effort. Great partners such as Publix, Community Foundation of South Lake, Duke, SECO, and Truist have risen to the challenge of helping the healing process in our communities.
211 Information & Referral Crisis Line is Available
For information or connection to community resources, you can always dial 211, text your zip code to 898211. Call Specialists are standing by 24/7 to navigate available community resources with you.
Online Database of Community Resources
Looking for a specific resource? Check out 211’s online database for the top links to requested information.
How to Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Clean your hands often.
- Avoid close contact.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Clean & disinfect surfaces.
Resources for Local Information
United Way is committed to keeping you informed with accurate information & resources. Please visit these sites to keep up-to-date on the information that matters to you. Many of our schools have information for free meals & their distance learning plan.