Coronavirus Fund


United Way Acts to Help Seniors and Others Facing Hardship REDDING, CA

United Way of Northern California is committed to serving our North State communities, especially in times of crisis. We have established the Coronavirus Relief Fund, aimed at helping North State residents affected by the crisis in the following ways:

  • Providing grants to agencies assisting people adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, particularly senior citizens; displaced workers; those from disadvantaged communities, and those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness because of the crisis. 
  • Supporting expanded operations of 2-1-1 NorCal, which has been officially activated as a public information resource during the crisis.
  • Supporting coordination of non-profit response in the region through VOADs (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) and similar groups.
  • Allowing UWNC to strengthen its staffing and infrastructure to provide these services and others connected to the Coronavirus crisis.

Grants of $1,000 to $10,000 will be awarded on a rolling basis, with award announcements made every two weeks starting March 31. The total amount to be distributed will be determined by the availability of funds and the need for continued assistance based on developments in the
ongoing emergency.

We are prepared to invest tens of thousands from our general fund to support these agencies, but more is needed. Donations can be made online at; by texting CORONANORCAL to 91-999; or by mailing a check to United Way of Northern California, c/o Coronavirus Relief Fund, 2280 Benton Drive, Building B, Redding, CA 96003.

Donations are tax-deductible and will support the grant program and also 2-1-1 NorCal, which is providing vital, updated information and referrals for free during the COVID-19 crisis. Residents can access phone, web and text services 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1, or texting CORONAVIRUS to 211-211.

The top priority for grants will be organizations helping senior citizens acquire food and other necessities; food pantries and food distribution; agencies helping dislocated workers make ends meet; and agencies serving disadvantaged populations, unsheltered individuals and those at risk of homelessness.

On March 31st, 2020, United Way of Northern California (UWNC) announced its first round of grants to non-profit organizations addressing social services needs emerging from the Coronavirus crisis. Grant Awardees include: Butte County Community Action Agency, $10,000 for emergency food distribution Gleaners of Chico, $5,000, seniors feeding seniors Salvation Army, Butte County, $5,000, food distribution including Camp Fire burn area Shasta College Foundation, $8,000, emergency fund for at-risk students Shining Care Inc., $8,000, crisis support for at-risk seniors Whitmore Community Center, $3,000, food and sanitizing supplies Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council, $8,000, voucher program for seniors and disadvantaged UWNC will announce a second round of awards the week of April 13th, 2020. Agencies in North State counties can apply by visiting this link below.

To Donate


To donate, visit the button above; text CORONANORCAL to 91999; or mail a check to United Way of Northern California, c/o Coronavirus Relief Fund, 2280 Benton Drive, Building B, Redding, CA 96003.

To Apply


UWNC serves nine counties – Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity. Agencies in its service area can apply.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Information

The 2-1-1 information & referral helpline is ramping up operations to handle a significant increase in public inquiries. Residents in Butte, Glenn, Shasta and Tehama counties can dial 2-1-1 anytime to get information on the crisis. Residents in those counties, along with Lassen, Siskiyou and Trinity, can also receive information by texting CORONAVIRUS to 211-211.