COVID-19 Emergency Fund: First Round Grants

Bay Area Turning Point, Baytown Resource & Assistance Center, and Love Network Receive COVID-19 Funds

 

Your United Way began collecting funds to support local agencies who, in turn, provide direct services to individuals in need. The first grants from the COVID-19 Emergency Fund were announced today. Funding will continue to be announced weekly as grants are requested and funding is available. 

United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County (UWGBACC) announced the first round of funding to local agencies. This funding was made possible because of the generous donations from Truist, United Way Worldwide, ONEOK Foundation, Rotary Club of Baytown, and many individuals.  The following organizations have already seen an increase in requests for help:

  • Bay Area Turning Point received $2,500 to provide additional resources to prevent episodes of violence;
  • Baytown Resource & Assistance Center received  $5,000 to provide utility assistance; and
  • Love Network received $5000 to provide rental and prescription assistance.

Based on recent reports provided by Texas 211, the resource and referral call line and COVID-19 call center, our community has had a 35% increase in calls for resources, i.e., help, since March 30, 2020. The number one request for help is for rental assistance followed by utilities and food.  Reports also show there is an increase in domestic violence. Hearts and Hands, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank have been tackling the increased need for food and have been hosting several food distributions each week.