Coronavirus Fund


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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.

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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.

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.

$192,000 has been invested by UWNC into North State organizations responding to COVID-19 and we will continue to sow into local recovery efforts.

Grant Awardees include:

  • Achieve Charter School, Chico, $6,000 for meal delivery cards for students studying at home during the lockdown
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Shasta, serving Siskiyou County, $5,000 to subsidize membership fees for low-income families. This grant is supported by The
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the North Valley, serving Butte and Glenn counties, $5,000 for food and grocery cards for families
  • Butte College, $2,500 to buy food for students
  • Butte County Community Action Agency, $10,000 for emergency food distribution
  • Chico Meals on Wheels, serving Butte County, $10,000 to support food and delivery services
  • Counties Community Action Partnership, $5,000, to purchase and deliver food to vulnerable populations
  • Disability Action Center, $2,500, to support Western Servers Workers Association benefits for low-income employees who have lost jobs
  • From the Ground Up Farms Inc., Chico, $6,000 for groceries and sanitation supplies
  • Gleaners of Chico, $5,000, seniors feeding seniors
  • Good News Rescue Mission, $3,000, for safety and sanitation supplies
  • Happy Camp Community Action Inc., $8,000, for emergency assistance to low-income families
  • Hornbrook Community Center, serving Siskiyou County, $5,000 for expenses associated with food delivery to vulnerable populations. This grant is supported by The Statewide Listos California for All Emergency Preparedness campaign
  • Human Response Network, Weaverville, $2,500 for services including drive-in distribution of food and supplies
  • KIXE-TV, $2,500, to create content on coping tools and accessing support
  • Lassen Family Services, serving Lassen County, $7,500 for domestic violence shelter operations in anticipation of increased need due to the crisis
  • Mercy Foundation North, serving Shasta County, $7,500 to support the Food Bank at Dignity Health Connected Living
  • No-Limit Generation, Chico, $6,000 to create digital tools that promote self-care and a nurturing environment for children
  • NorCal Resist, $10,000 to provide emergency cash to undocumented North State families for rent, food and utilities
  • Oroville Rescue Mission, $8,000, for portable shower and safety supplies
  • Oroville Southside Community Improvement Association, $6,000 to support Haven of Hope food and laundry services
  • Paradise Gleaners Food Center Inc., $6,000 to pay for outside labor to augment the volunteer force
  • Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center (PCIRC), $2,500 for rental assistance and food/grocery cards
  • Salvation Army, Butte County, $5,000, food distribution including Camp Fire burn area
  • Shasta College Foundation, $8,000, emergency fund for at-risk students
  • Shasta Youth Alliance, $2,500 to supply basic household necessities to families in need
  • Shining Care Inc., $8,000, crisis support for at-risk seniors
  • Siskiyou Community Food Bank, $8,000, for food and other assistance to seniors and homeless
  • Statewide Listos California for All Emergency Preparedness campaign
  • Training, Employment & Community Help Inc., serving Plumas and Siskiyou counties, $5,000 to provide five lunches per week to homebound seniors
  • Trinity County Food Bank, $5,000, for operational support
  • True North Housing Alliance, Inc., $8,000, for essential supplies to serve homeless
  • Whitmore Community Center, $3,000, food and sanitizing supplies
  • Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council, $8,000, voucher program for seniors and disadvantaged

  • Kathy Davis

    What is an #EssentialHero? It’s someone who steps up to the plate when their community has unmet needs. Someone who selflessly goes above and beyond what is asked of them. It’s people like Kathy Davis, volunteer in Modoc County.

  • Mercy Foundation North

    Because of donations from generous #NorthState residents like *YOU* Mercy Foundation North received a grant from your local #UnitedWay, allowing them to fund their highly sought after drive-thru food resources. Their food bank operates the Senior Brown Bag, Surplus Donated Food, Emergency Food Assistance, and Senior Box program. All of the programs serve seniors, low income families, or both.

To Apply

Applications are now closed. To inquire about a previously submitted application email


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.

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