United Way of Greater Fall River is monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the health and safety of our community. With the guidance of the World Health Organization, the
Center of Disease Control, and United Way Worldwide, our office staff will commence working from home on Monday, March 16. We are committing to self-quarantine to help keep our impact in this situation low.
Our phone lines will still be open and we will continue to guide community members to vital resources. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 508-678-8361 or email LiveUnited@uwgfr.org.
United Way of Greater Fall River will be working with our partners to address basic needs as they arise. We encourage our partners to reach out with their needs as this situation progresses.
Those looking to support our disaster fund can donate directly.
All donations will remain in Greater Fall River and be used for disaster relief efforts.
What Can You Do?
- Social Quarantine. Stay home or in small groups as much as possible. Reducing your contact with others will reduce the spread of the virus, as well as other cold and flu viruses still prevalent.
- Basic Hygiene. Wash your hands. Sneeze into your elbow. Keep your hands moisturized. Clean surfaceswith appropriate cleaners to kill viruses and bacteria.
- Don’t panic. This situation is new and emerging, which can cause panic and anxiety. Stay informed, but practice self-care. The CDC and WHO contain a trove of information that is updated regularly, without the spin of news-media. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Ask for help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, contact the Samaritans or 2-1-1’s Call-to-Talk programs. Volunteers at both programs have mental health, suicide prevention, and emotional support training, as well as accesses to local resources.
Dial 866-508-4357 for Samaritans of Greater Fall River and New Bedford or
2-1-1 for Mass 2-1-1