United Way of West Ellis County Establishes Fund

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Kasey Cheshier, United Way of West Ellis County Executive Director, asks that we distribute the following message on their behalf.

“Americans have always answered the call in times of national crisis: growing victory gardens during WWII, raising flags after 9/11, stacking sandbags during floods, sending supplies after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Today is no different. Your neighbors in Ellis County need your help and we know you won’t let them down,” Cheshier says.

The United Way of West Ellis County Board of Directors has established an Ellis County Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund to help respond to the growing needs of their communities. The fund will distribute resources to community-based organizations who directly support residents and local families most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. All donations (100%) will go to Ellis County response and relief efforts.

“United Way knows many people in our community are one missed paycheck away from a financial crisis,” Cheshier said. “Our network of partners are working to provide needed assistance to families in the county. This fund will support those efforts.”

United Way Coronavirus Response

United Way continues to work with community leaders like Ellis County Health Department, local government officials, funders, school districts, and service providers. They work toward identifying resource and service gaps, and begin planning for long-term recovery. Contributions to the United Way of West Ellis County Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund address immediate and urgent needs in the region. Longer-term challenges that will affect education, income, and health outcomes for the community are also included.

This pandemic is a new challenge, but the community spirit required in response is not. For more than 73 years, the United Way of West Ellis County and its supporters have faced crisis head-on. They have always done whatever is required to comfort and care for those in need.

Cheshier said, “Although social distancing separates us physically, we are still as connected to each other as ever. And we still have the power – as we did in the days of old – to come together in hope and in generosity, to act when duty calls, to give with open hands and an open heart.”

Donations to the United Way of West Ellis County COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund can be made at uwwec.org/covid19, or by check to P.O. Box 1025, Midlothian, TX 76065.