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United Way of Southern Nevada creates emergency fund

Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 00:49:13-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The United Way of Southern Nevada convened government, corporate and nonprofit leaders to develop a consolidated nonprofit sector plan to respond effectively to the current COVID-19 crisis.

Through the support of NV Energy, Bank of America, and the Wells Fargo Foundation, UWSN is launching an Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund to assist those impacted by coronavirus.

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"As your United Way of Southern Nevada, it's our role to stand in the center of our community and bring together community partners to provide solutions and support for those who need it most," said UWSN President and CEO, Kyle B. Rahn. "We are actively identifying the greatest needs and are galvanizing all community resources to help our community get through this challenging time."

UWSN is creating an asset map to define how local nonprofit organizations are providing resources and identify gaps in services.

Also, UWSN is providing necessary information and resources to deploy nonprofit workforce and volunteers to support wraparound services while keeping employees and volunteers healthy and safe.

“The coronavirus outbreak is creating unprecedented challenges in our community and we appreciate and support efforts of the United Way of Southern Nevada, Bank of America, NV Energy and the Wells Fargo Foundation to work with nonprofit agencies throughout Southern Nevada to address the needs of our citizens,” said Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, chair of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.

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"With over 63 years of serving our community, it is our role and responsibility to help our community," said Thomas Kovach, UWSN Board Chair. "By bringing together nonprofits, corporate partners, schools, governmental agencies, and our community, we will assist and move Southern Nevada forward."

UWSN has over 30 plus years of experience in allocating and managing emergency funds through FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program, with our vetted community organizations.

To ensure all donated funds are distributed to needs resulting from the COVID-19 virus and this state of emergency, Bank of America is covering all administrative fees and underwriting expenses so that 100% of the donations go to local needs.

Up-to-date COVID-19 resources and volunteer information is available here along with donation options.