United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund Deploys Just Over $1 Million Toward Crisis Relief


More Donations are Needed to Help Neighbors in Need

Allocations Focused Primarily on Agencies Serving New American, Refugee, International Communities

June 15, 2020, NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The COVID-19 Response Fund deployed another round of funding, $1,090,000, to 21 local nonprofit organizations helping individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

This fourth round of funding went primarily to agencies serving New American, refugee and international communities. The Fund’s steering committee studied data, gathered from helpline calls and virus tracking reports, and conducted extensive outreach to understand the need and found a strong concentration in Nashville’s lower east and south quadrants. 

“Our refugee and immigrant neighbors are frequently and predominantly in low-pay, high-risk essential jobs. And going to work means the difference between food for their children and keeping their lights on,” said Erica Mitchell, chief community impact officer for United Way. “Are our neighbors receiving assistance? Do they have PPE? What systemic injustices are contributing to how they are impacted? These are all factors the committee extensively researched when determining this next round of allocations.”

The Fund’s first allocations focused on direct financial assistance, and the second round focused on COVID-19’s contributing factors, such as food insecurity, suicide prevention and domestic violence. The most recent allocations were the first with a strong geographic component. 

“There are so many ways our New American, refugee and international neighbors have been left behind,” Mitchell said. “When you look at the federal Economic Impact Payment, many of our international neighbors who are here legally do not have a Social Security Number if they have not naturalized; instead, they have a Taxpayer ID, and those with Taxpayer IDs do not receive an EIP check.”

Nonprofit agencies are reporting that their thousand-person long waitlists are often because non-English speakers can’t accurately complete their applications for assistance due to cultural or linguistic reasons. This funding cycle will help agencies to provide additional navigation and case management support so that that New American, refugee and immigrant neighbors can access existing resources.

The COVID-19 Response Fund is housed at United Way of Greater Nashville, in partnership with Mayor John Cooper’s office and local corporate and philanthropic partners. Since March, the Fund has quickly and efficiently addressed the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 by rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations in need of funds to meet the immediate needs of individuals affected by the crisis. Since March, the Fund has allocated $3,525,000 of the $5,066,326 raised into the community. 100 percent of the Fund goes to nonprofits to help individuals impacted by COVID-19 and agencies that need organizational support.

To make a donation, visit nashvilleresponsefund.com or text NashvilleUnited to 41444. 

As funds are distributed, United Way will publish the receiving agencies, along with the help they can provide and contact information, at nashvilleresponsefund.com. 100 percent of the Fund goes to nonprofits to help individuals impacted by COVID-19 and agencies that need organizational support.

Organizations that received the Fund’s third round of grants include:

  1. AGAPE Nashville
  2. Aphesis House
  3. Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
  4. Book’em
  5. Branches Counseling Center
  6. Catholic Charities of Tennessee
  7. Community Care Fellowship
  8. Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County
  9. Conexión Américas
  10. Gideon’s Army Grassroots Army for Children
  11. Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee
  12. Greater Faith Community Action Corporation
  13. Healing Housing, Inc.
  14. High Hopes Development Center
  15. Inspiritu
  16. Martha O’Bryan Center
  17. Nashville General Hospital
  18. Nashville General Hospital Foundation
  19. Nashville Launch Pad
  20. NeedLink Nashville
  21. New Restoration Community Church
  22. Open Table Nashville
  23. PENCIL
  24. Project Return
  25. Rooftop Foundation
  26. Servant Group International
  27. Sexual Assault Center
  28. Shower The People
  29. Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee
  30. Tennessee Justice Center
  31. The Branch of Nashville
  32. The Bridge Ministry, Inc
  33. The HELP Center
  34. The Little Pantry that Could
  35. The Next Door
  36. The Path Project, Inc.
  37. The Salvation Army-Nashville Area
  38. The Well Outreach
  39. TNKids Nutrition, Inc.
  40. United Ministries Food Bank of Robertson County
  41. Urban League
  42. Walk Bike Nashville
  43. Welcome Home Ministries
  44. Youth Encouragement Services, Inc

Individuals and families looking for help can visit nashvilleresponsefund.com/individuals to find information on resources available and services provided by agencies that have received grants from the Fund.