Prior to the pandemic, according to United Way's 2020 ALICE Report on Economic Hardship, nine percent of Sumner County households were below poverty level and an additional 33 percent of households were struggling to make ends meet to afford basic necessities. The loss of many part-time jobs in the service sector and in other businesses since March has severely impacted those households that were already financially vulnerable. Eviction notices, utility cutoffs, and lining up for food giveaways are now a reality for many families and individuals. Staying warm and securing food for their next meal are their priorities today, not Christmas shopping.
As the 2020 pandemic continues to impact families and individuals across Sumner County, your local United Way is asking for your help to create positive change in the lives of those who are still being adversely affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Since April, United Way of Sumner County has raised more than $33,000 through it's COVID-19 Impact Fund to assist dozen of households and hundreds of individuals impacted by the pandemic. Today, we are asking for your help as we work to create positive change in the lives of those are continuing to suffer during these difficult times. If you are able, please make a secure online donation to our COVID-19 Impact Fund. Your contribution will be used to help our neighbors and community get through this crisis, with a focus on immediate basic needs like housing, utilities, food and associated issues. The funds will be allocated for distribution to our known and vetted partner agencies currently meeting these types of needs across the county.
As the pandemic continues to worsen, the number of needs in our community will continue to grow. Your contribution will create positive change in the lives of those who need it today more than ever. Thank you for helping us all LIVE UNITED.