United Way of Dane County has announced on Monday that it is closing its building on Madison’s near east side to the public in an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

United Way is working with nonprofit, government, faith and business stakeholders to develop a coordinated emergency response fund, collaborating with the Boys and Girls Club and Selfless Ambition fund that went live last week, the agency said in a press release, and is currently evaluating stakeholder needs, understanding what federal funds might be available, and determining a transparent, effective and timely process for funds distribution. In the meantime, community members may make a donation here.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has asked United Way to aggregate and organize volunteer opportunities that arise in the wake of this public health threat. If you know of any organizations or grassroots efforts recruiting volunteers, please connect them with Morghan Vélez ([email protected]). United Way will post volunteer opportunities to volunteeryourtime.org as they become available.

The United Way is expecting to formally announce this coordinated fund and how to safely volunteer on Friday, March 20. United Way offices are tentatively scheduled to open on April 6.