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Community Resiliency: Responding to Crisis

For 100 years, emergency response has been part of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey's DNA. From the Great Depression and World War II to Hurricane Sandy and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, your support allows us to continuously meet our region’s most pressing needs.

Now, as our region recovers from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, United Way is actively engaged in deploying resources and working alongside essential community partners providing food, shelter and supplies on the ground. With additional storms projected to hit our region, we encourage all to make a plan and utilize local resources to keep family members safe.

Get Help

Follow local county guidelines to ensure your connecting to the most updated resources; every county is different – some may direct you to dial 9-1-1 and others may have a special hotline set-up to help with debris removal or emergency temporary housing. You may also utilize local community agencies who service your zip code, many are offering shelter, food, and resources to support and help in this time of need.

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Because of your support, we can quickly identify gaps and mobilize across sectors to deliver at-scale solutions. Your gift to The Impact Fund supports our Community Resiliency efforts, enabling us to help our neighbors when needed most. Our ability to do this work is only made possible through donors like you. Pledge a gift today.


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As we continue to focus on lifting our neighbors out of poverty and supporting an equitable recovery from the pandemic, our Community Resiliency efforts are also dedicated to providing rapid relief resources to the region:

Aiding in recovery from Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida brought severe weather and historic flooding across our community. United Way is providing ongoing support to our region’s safety net organizations, including food and shelter, and ensuring that 211 resource navigators are available 24/7 across Southeastern PA and Southern NJ. In addition, 211 is serving as the main resource hub for anyone in Chester County and Montgomery County who is experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their home.

Helping facilitate equitable vaccine access

Transportation continues to be a key barrier for many individuals looking to obtain vaccines. In May, we launched the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign to provide anyone 65 years or older with access to free and discounted Lyft rides to vaccination sites in Philadelphia – including communities hit hardest by the Covid-19 virus.

Bridging the digital divide to prevent learning loss

To help bridge the divide in digital equity, we’re continuing to serve as the regional coordinator for PHLConnectED. A year into the program, over 18,000 internet connections have been made for low-income families, including access to Digital Navigators for free digital literacy training. With a new school year underway, PHLConnectED outreach teams are continuing to make phone calls, text and knock on doors to make sure people have internet at home.


When disaster strikes, we lean on each other to help protect, nourish, and rebuild our community. Thank you for standing with us and supporting the work that allows us to build a stronger region.

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