As of Friday, April 10, the Pitt United Way Campaign has raised almost $708,000—nearly 95% of its $750,000 goal. And with so many members of the community feeling the effects of COVID-19, whether they are ill themselves or impacted by economic challenges, there has never been a time when contributions of time or money could mean more.
“It’s during times like these when we really see the impact of how giving makes a difference in strengthening our communities. We’ve announced the campaign officially ends at the of the month to allow people to make a first-time or additional gift,” said Kelly Gilliam, United Way Campaign manager in the Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement.
Emergency basic needs
The United Way maintains an Emergency Basic Needs Fund to help area families during this time; you can donate to the fund using the agency code 1723277.
These funds are available via the United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline, a free and confidential toll-free service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need 24/7/365.
211 can be accessed by phone or computer; the helpline connects people with community resource specialists in their area who can put them in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.
In-person and remote volunteerism
Nonprofits across the Southwestern Pennsylvania region are currently seeking volunteers to help with tasks ranging from making phone calls or writing to senior citizens to sewing face masks. Additionally, many organizations have urgent needs for food.
Visit the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania “Be a Volunteer” page to learn how to help.
“It truly breaks my heart to see what we are going through, but I’m not surprised how Pitt has stepped up to help those in need,” said Gilliam. “There are so many great initiatives going on at Pitt to help the community and allow employees the opportunity to volunteer.”