The United Way of Dane County has announced the launching of the United Way Flood Relief Fund due to the recent flooding across Dane County and beyond that has affected thousands of members of our community.

United Way’s 2-1-1 information and referral service – typically utilized to connect residents to a variety of resources such as help paying bills, housing search assistance, food pantry information and more – has seen call volume triple as families affected by the flooding seek support. Fifty-three percent of families reporting damage, according to the United Way, say their insurance will not cover the cost, while an additional 27% are unsure.

At the same time, businesses and individuals have contacted United Way of Dane County in search of a coordinated, efficient and community-led way to help our neighbors in need.

“United Way fights for the education, financial stability and health of everyone in Dane County,” said United Way President and CEO Renee Moe in a statement. “When disaster faces our community, we support the efforts of emergency response agencies such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and we understand it is imperative that we assist long-term recovery efforts by leveraging our expertise in fundraising, community-led stewardship of investments and accountability for effective, measurable strategies that create stability.”

To that end, United Way is launching the United Way Flood Relief Fund in response to both the great need, and the great generosity, of our community.

About the Fund:
• 100% of the United Way Flood Relief Fund will be invested back into the community – United Way will not collect administrative support through this effort.
• The funds will be used to meet Dane County families’ needs unmet by other assistance programs over the coming months, such as utility payments, prescriptions, medical supplies and car/home repairs not covered by insurance.
• United Way will bring together a cross-community committee (inclusive of representatives from all areas affected) who will work together to make equitable choices about investments. We will then coordinate these resources with our trusted local partner agencies, ensuring that the funds will be utilized efficiently and effectively.

To make a donation, please visit https://epledge.uwdc.org/FloodRelief or text “Help4Flood” to 40403. If you need immediate assistance, please contact our 2-1-1 information and referral service.