Coronavirus: What We Are Doing

As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, we are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of Coronavirus in our region. To meet the urgent needs of our community, UWGNH has developed strategic partnerships to gather and efficiently distribute funds where they are needed most.  

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund, a partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, will fund non-profits in our region to ensure people have access to food, housing, emergency assistance, and health services. By providing organizations on the front lines with additional financial support that can be deployed quickly, we are doing our part to keep pace with the growing need. 

The Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund is a partnership our fellow United Ways across Connecticut. Collectively, we recognize that this crisis is pushing many people to ask for help who have never been in that position before. The Fund will get financial resources to individuals and families who need it to pay for food, utilities and other basic necessities, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours.  

Unite Together

Increased pressure is being put on community-based organizations to deliver services to the most vulnerable members of our region. We are stronger when we are unified, and it is going to take all of us to mitigate the impacts and recover as a community. UWGNH has ways you can help: 

Volunteer and Lend a Hand

UWGNH is working with community partners to gather the latest information on their urgent short-term volunteer needs and supplies needs. This list will be updated regularly. Please contact these organizations directly to inquire about their specific needs and opportunities to help.

Share 2-1-1

Please let people know that 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7 resource for up-to-date information about community resources. You can also check out GNH Community for a list of resources.

Check on Your Community

In addition to taking a look at our list of volunteer opportunities, a great way to help is to reach out to a neighbor or check in on a family member you haven’t connected with recently. We can all help to create a sense of community during this time of social distancing. You can also check out our Community Resource page for additional services available to those in need during this time. 

Make a Donation

In times of crisis, UWGNH plays a critical role in helping our community to weather the storm and build resiliency going forward. If you are interested in supporting the immediate and ongoing needs of our community, please visit or contact Maria Arnold, Chief Development Officer at [email protected].

Leading by Example

Our top priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers and guests:

  • Beginning March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020, our conference rooms will be closed to outside meetings. We have made video conferencing services available in place of our conference rooms. Please visit the Request a Room page to reserve a line.
  • Staff members are directed to work from home and are provided the flexibility and the tools to do so.
  • Community meetings and events scheduled for March-April have been postponed.

Viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we. Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, ethnicity nor social status. We are stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. During this time, it’s important that we support one another, promote a healthy community, and stay up to date on the latest information from our health professionals.

For general information on the Coronavirus refer to the resources below:

2-1-1 connects callers, at no cost, to critical health and human services in their community.