COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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COVID-19 UPDATES

This page is frequently updated. Please check back regularly.

Food Distribution – current list of local drive-up distribution sites is updated regularly on our Facebook page. Please visit and sign up to volunteer at https://volunteer.unitedwaygbacc.org/. Volunteer guidelines: 

  • Volunteers will enter and park in the side parking lot to the right of the main building 
  • Over the age of 60 is not advised.
  • No children please.
  • Please arrive between 7:30-8am
  • Gloves are provided, if you have a mask please wear it.
  • We will be on our feet and active, please dress accordingly.
  • Hair should be put up or in a cap.
  • We are following strict guidelines set forth by the Houston Food Bank/CDC, we need to all do our absolute best to adhere.

COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Applications are due each Wednesday by 5 pm. 

The agency COVID 19 Emergency Fund application is now available. The COVID-19 Emergency Fund will help your UW support community needs resulting from the economic impact of measures taken to stop the spread of this disease. To access the application click here.

Grants have been awarded to:

  • 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
  • Love Network received $5000 to provide rental and prescription assistance
  • Hearts and Hands received $2000 to provide food to those who are home-bound and do not qualify for other food programs.
  • Meals on Wheels to provide food to 58 more individuals.

At this time, UWGBACC is not asking for in-kind donations such as food, hygiene items and school supplies. Please visit this page often for updates.

APRIL 1, 2020 United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County Supporting Community Needs

Everyone is feeling the effects of COVID-19 and the new restrictions we all must adhere to in order to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe. It is time to LIVE UNITED. Do your part to support our community during this crisis and beyond!

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County is working a modified schedule from 8 am – 4 pm. No one other than key staff members are allowed into the building until further notice.  We are still actively supporting the community. UW is in constant communication with community leaders and service providers. We are working to coordinate resources for local families and individuals impacted by the health crisis and coinciding financial fears we are facing today and for the immediate future.  

Your United Way is:

  • United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County has established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. UWGBACC is raising funds to help alleviate the burden it has on individuals’ well-being and basic needs. The COVID-19 Emergency Fund will help your UW support community needs resulting from the economic impact of measures taken to stop the spread of this disease. This fund is beyond the annual fundraising effort that will still need the community’s support.  This is a complex disaster and our community will be feeling the effect for the years to come.  United Way’s ongoing work designed to develop, promote, and support solutions designed to meet targeted community needs through the generous support of the annual campaign will be more important than ever. Click here to review the full description of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
  • Tracking resources and anticipating future needs in order to identify additional support that will be needed;
  • In communication with local nonprofit partners to get frequent updates on their work and if there are increased demands that need supported;
  • Providing updates to 2-1-1 Texas, a free helpline, to increase accuracy on currently available resources; and
  • Promoting volunteer opportunities – these are limited due to this crisis.

Resources and Critical Information (updated frequently) click on links

  • Dealing with Anxiety related to the COVID Pandemic, by David Arabie, LPC. Click on this document to learn how to deal with anxiety.
  • Do you need childcare? Essential workers, with children 12 and under, can now go to a website called findchildcarenow.org to be connected to a child care center that best serves their children's needs. The website also offers financial support to essential workers who need assistance with child care. 
  • Mesothelioma & Coronavirus info: www.asbestos.com/blog/2020/03/06/mesothelioma-coronavirus-information/  
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Virtual Legal Clinics Held Every Friday - HVL will conduct legal advice interviews over the phone for those who submit an application and are eligible for HVL's pro bono services. Legal advice interviews will take place every Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. through May 2020. A legal advice clinic is an opportunity to speak with volunteer attorneys to discuss your civil legal questions and issues. Applications can be submitted online or a printed application may be requested over the phone and mailed. To apply online, visit www.makejusticehappen.org/Apply-Online or email an application to info@hvlp.org. To request an application by mail, please call (713) 228-0735.
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  • Houston Immigration COVID-19 Resources: Information on the current pandemic, connect community members to local resources and amplify self-care tools through this time of social distancing.
  • Families with children can apply for the Comfort Food Package program to have food delivered to your home. Click here to learn more: https://bit.ly/2UWNpAg.