The New York Jets and Bank of America have kicked off United Way’s fight against COVID-19 with a combined donation of $500,000.
The contributions give United Way of Long Island’s new Response Fund For COVID-19 significant funding towards its aim to provide direct emergency financial assistance to help meet critical needs of food and household essentials.
United Way of Long Island’s new fund was established to help support vulnerable families who have been financially devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. It has already helped more than 2,000 Long Islanders who have been unemployed or furloughed due to the effects of COVID-19, according to a statement from the nonprofit.
“Our partners’ generous contributions led the way in ensuring a strong foundation for the Response Fund and enabled us to help families afford basic necessities while they are not receiving a paycheck,” Theresa Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island, said in the statement.
Robert Isaksen, Long Island Market President for Bank of America, said times like these truly underline just how vital nonprofits like United Way are to people.
“United Way’s efforts in stabilizing our communities and helping individuals and families cope with the challenges they face due to a loss of income are making a difference for all of Long Island,” Isaksen said in the statement.
New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said: “Everyone has been impacted by this invisible enemy and United Way of Long Island is meeting it head-on at home, helping those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.”
For more information or make a contribution, visit unitedwayli.org/unitedtogetherfund.