COVID-19 hasn’t just taken a toll on our mental and physical health; it has also impacted financial welfare. Rent delinquency has increased to 30%, with more evictions on the horizon. How would you prefer to help?
I’d search for local groups to help with food donations or seek out local community growers who want to give back.
Sign me up! I’d volunteer with local food pantries and community shelters.
I’d educate families/individuals about the food banks near them and connect them to ride assistance through United Way’s partnership with Lyft.
Parents who can’t afford decent childcare often rely on relatives, friends, or unlicensed or non-licensed facilities. These options are often unreliable: if a provider is sick or unable to care for children on a given day, the parent may have to take time off work. How can you get involved?
I'd contact local childcare facilities to see if I can volunteer my time.
I would start a community referral listing for licensed childcare centers or in-home daycare options in their community
I'd connect with others who are in similar situations and see if I can help them with a nanny share.
People who work hard but struggle to make ends meet face a benefits cliff, or a decrease in public benefits that can occur with an increase in earnings. How would you try to help those facing the cliff?
I would deliver disposable masks to businesses, schools, etc.
I'd spread the word about any businesses selling masks.
I'd share the importance of wearing a mask and proper mask-wearing procedures.
Families need access to virtual classes and training, online workplace applications, telehealth, research, and social interaction. However, lack of access to internet and laptops causes a digital divide. How would you help bridge the gap?
If our human resources team is working on new policies and procedures, I’d love to help put those in place.
I’ll share the contact of someone who I know who does great workplace training around equity and diversity.
I’ll create diversity groups and networks with activities in my workplace to help everyone feel included.
Did you know that the United Way 211 Maryland Helpline is an essential resource during COVID-19? Call volume has quadrupled with people looking for help or simply someone to talk to. Our staff is experiencing second-hand trauma and we do not have enough operators or funds to help all who are in need. You would:
A Connector comes to professional settings with a collaborative attitude. You value good first impressions and are eager to advance professionally and work within your network to elevate others. The Community Impact Leadership Institute provides opportunities for the Connector to use your circle of influence to share about United Way and come together with others to work on a group project that will help advance the organization.
As a Catalyst, you’re all about advocacy and action. You regularly reach out to leaders to try to make real change for those who are in need. You're great at starting projects and rallying people behind a cause. (Sometimes they need you to get things started!)As a part of the Community Impact Leadership Institute, your spark will be an asset to the other leaders, and you'll be with a group who can help you put your ideas into action.
As a Helper, you prefer more direct, hands-on service opportunities. Your impact on the community involves making or providing essential goods for those who can’t obtain them. If there’s something people need, you help make sure they get it. With volunteerism as a pillar of United Way's work, the Community Impact Leadership Institute provides many opportunities to help your community, both at home and in-person while learning more about our work and the work of our community partners.