Coronavirus Response

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Helping Northern California Recover from COVID-19

Our Latest Effort: United We Mask

During the week of November 2nd, residents in Redding, Red Bluff and Chico will have the opportunity to win a $50 gift card as a reward for wearing a mask while in public. Staff and board members will be hitting the streets throughout the week to distribute a total of $1,500 to mask wearers.

“United We Mask is a fun way to get the community to come together and continue to fight against COVID-19,” said Larry Olmstead, President & CEO of United Way of Northern California. “This has been a long battle and it’s not over yet. We want to lift the spirits of our community members while reminding them of the importance of wearing a mask for public health, which is why we decided on surprising random mask-wearers with $50 gift cards.”

To stay up to date on this fun campaign and where we will be, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Our Response

United Way of Northern California (UWNC) 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 with both short and long term recovery. Our short term response helped with the immediate needs of our community members, such as meals for seniors sheltering in place, food & sanitation supplies for the homeless, and expanded access to our 2-1-1 NorCal resource & information service.

Over $250,000 has been invested by UWNC into North State organizations responding to COVID-19 and counting.

In June 2020, United Way of Northern California launched a campaign to honor essential workers in the North State called "Essential Heroes." Dozens of North State residents from Siskiyou County all the way to Butte County were identified and award with $100 checks to thank them for their service to their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out who we awarded on our Facebook page!

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, we continue to work together with local agencies to identify and address needs as they arise. Check back for updates on how your local United Way is helping the North State recover or view our Press Room for detailed lists of North State organizations that we have partnered with. We also invite you to check out this video update from grant recipient, From the Ground Up.

Helping North State Businesses Recover

With years of experience in recovery work, our team knows that long term recovery is expected with any disaster and COVID-19 is no exception. We have been in contact with local authorities in government, non-profits, and everything in between to determine what the North State needs and we discovered that, in order for our communities to thrive, businesses must recover. This led us to partnering with local chambers of commerce to fund business relief grant programs in Butte County, Shasta County, and Tehama County. (Videos below.)

Redbluff - Tehama County Chamber of Commerce received $20,000 for business relief grant program

Paradise Chamber of Commerce received $15,000 to be used for business recovery efforts

Redding Chamber of Commerce received $25,000 for Shasta County Business Relief Grant Program

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.

  • 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.


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