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United Way organizing supplies and fundraiser in response to COVID-19 situation

Posted: 6:29 PM, Mar 18, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-18 20:41:50-04
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HELENA — Many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors right now, but may be unsure how they can help due to social distancing.

The United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area (UWLCA) is holding a community drive at their office at 75 East Lyndale for COVID supplies and actively looking at where the need is most in the community.

Over the past week, the United Way has held multiple teleconferencing meetings to bring local nonprofits together with the goal of finding and addressing issues.

Right now some of the biggest needs are toilet paper, paper towels, baby formula, cleaning supplies and non perishable foods.

UWLCA will be collecting donations at their main office, making sure they’re clean and then distributing them to organizations in the most need.

“The YWCA, the Friendship Center, Florence Crittenton, youth homes, those places are on lock down basically right now,” said Emily McVey, UWLCA executive director. “They need help making sure that their kids, their moms and their families have food. So we’re doing anything we can to help them out.”

The United Way is also holding a fundraiser for a COVID Relief Fund that will be used to support organizations and people in need during this time.

“Once that fundraiser gets big enough, we’ll determine who needs it the most and get it to those agencies that can help the individuals in need,” said McVey.

Due to the ever evolving COVID situation, people are encouraged to regularly check UWLCA’s Facebook page for the latest updates on ways to help.

Current items needed for the COVID Supplies Drive are:

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Formula

Baby Wipes

Disinfecting Wipes

Lysol Spray

Hand Soap

Hand Sanitizer

General Cleaning Supplies

Diapers

Bleach

Flour

Rice

Pasta

Easy Mac

Fruit Cups or Pouches

Granola Bars

Juice Boxes

Shelf Stable Milk

Cereal

Kids Snacks