In partnership with United Way of Central Carolinas, United Way of Iredell County and the Iredell County Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of Foundation For The Carolinas, the Iredell County COVID-19 Response Fund was established to help those most in need through support to nonprofit organizations.

The initial priority is to address the immediate basic human needs of Iredell County residents by deploying resources to trusted organizations that respond to, and are impacted by, the coronavirus outbreak. The Fund has also transitioned into recovery by supporting a broader range of needs.

Areas covered by funding include, but are not limited to:
Food insecurities, such as home-bound seniors and families with children
Education interruptions, such as children in early Head-Start through postsecondary
Employment reductions, such as training programs to return potential employees to work
Housing vulnerabilities, such as rental/mortgage assistance and shelters for homeless
Medical access, such as individuals at high-risk or those in need of home-bound supports

The Fund is administered through a partnership among the three organizations. Grants will be awarded by an advisory group of community members and will be open to any agency that meets the eligibility criteria.   Special emphasis will be place on agencies which include or are serving historically under-served areas of the county.

Anyone in Need of Medical Attention:
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has set up a COVID-19 hotline that is staffed by trained medical professionals. Should you have any questions or concerns about the Coronavirus, please call: 866-462-3821.

Anyone in Need of Assistance:
NC 2-1-1, a statewide United Way-funded hotline that serves as an information and referral service system for people in need, will continue to support callers needing access to health and human services resources such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs throughout this epidemic. Should you need assistance, please call: 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162, TTY # 800-735-0533.  This service is free, confidential, and available in many languages 24/7, 365 days a year. Additional information is also available at

Personal Safety Guidelines and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued several guidelines to limit travel, gatherings and social distancing. The CDC has launched a website, that details these guidelines and provides an updated account of confirmed COVID-19 cases and their locations.

Community Partners:
We recognize that the Coronavirus could potentially impact the people we serve. If you’re planning to add programming to support people, please reach out to NC 2-1-1 with that information by filling out a Google form HERE. They’re collecting statewide economic hardship resources so that they can best direct people to the places best suited to support them. Grant applications for non-profit organizations will be linked soon.  For more information, please reach out to Liz Burns and

Phase 6 funding underway:
Services emphasized will include: food, maintaining housing, the safety of individuals inside the home, access to needed medical care and services and other types of emergency financial assistance.  The fund will also consider applications focused on recovery efforts such as helping families to regain employment or students to succeed as they return to school.  Applications for Phase 6 will be due by July 24th and should be emailed to Sara Lewis at

If your organization has already completed an application in a previous cycle, it will be automatically considered until all funding is expended.  If you wish to change any of the information in your application, please contact Sara at the email above.

United Way of Iredell County Office Update:
Staff are being encouraged to work remotely starting the week of March 16, 2020. During this time, our offices will remain open and a small number of staff will keep in-office hours. We will assess the situation a weekly basis. United Way team members are planning on attending meetings when possible and will be available through email and phone calls. We will be honoring all CDC recommendations when it comes to events and meetings.