Safety Net Fund

United Way Works to Alleviate the COVID-19 Crisis 

In March of 2020, United Way of Freeborn County launched the COVID-19 Safety Net Fund. By July 1st, $63,000 was raised, and the first grant cycle was opened. Grantees ranged from COVID-19 Prevention equipment to technology to keep vulnerable residents connected. 

We can't focus on funding alone though. United Way of Freeborn County coordinated with partners on a local, regional and national level to bring people together for greater impact. 

  • Partnered with Channel One Regional Food Bank to bring Pop-Up Pantries each month around the county
  • Partnered with Albert Lea Family Y and Channel One Regional Food Bank to reformat the NAPS program, which provides income eligible seniors with a monthly box of food
  • Partnered with Thorne Crest Senior Living and Hy-Vee to provide weekly grocery delivery for their independent living residents 
  • Obtained masks through FEMA to distribute to our non-profits and vulnerable populations 

How You Can Help

The impacts of COVID-19 are far reaching. United Way of Freeborn County has an ongoing grant cycle for the Safety Net Fund. While this year has seen an increase in funding for area non-profits, the financial ramifications of COVID-19 will likely impact the ability of non-profits to operate in the latter half of 2021 and 2022. 

By donating to our Safety Net fund, you're ensuring that the Safety Net can be used where it's needed the most, at a time that's needed the most, today or next year. 


Donate below via credit card. For other forms of payment, please fill out a pledge card below. If paying by check, an invoice will be submitted to you to send in via check.