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United Way donates through COVID-19 Relief Fund

United Way of Stanly County announces the first recipients of its COVID-19 Relief Fund Campaign.

Due to donors, United Way was able to provide grants totaling $5,800 to local nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.

Organizations received:

• $1,800 was awarded to the Mary and Martha Center for Women to support their counselling program for women. This service is available to women in need regardless of their ability to pay.

United Way of Stanly County Community Impact Coordinator Kelly Misiak, United Way of Stanly County Executive Director Salem Taylor and Dr. Jana Strukova, of the Mary & Martha Center for Women.

“We believe that mental health is a critical part of community health, and many women have experienced life-changing stresses in recent months,” United Way Executive Director Salem Taylor said. “We are proud to support the efforts of the Mary and Martha Center for Women to serve the women of Stanly County.”

• $2,000 was awarded to the Stanly County Family YMCA to support their child care program.

United Way of Stanly County Community Impact Coordinator Kelly Misiak, United Way of Stanly County Executive Director Salem Taylor and Stanly County Family YMCA Membership Director Stephanie Campbell.

The Y has provided childcare for essential workers throughout the entire pandemic, despite losing revenue from having to close the gym to the public due to the pandemic. Having a clean, safe place to go meant that the parents of these children could continue to work and keep our community functioning.

• $1,000 to Stanly Community Christian Ministry for their food assistance program.

Additionally, as part of a new partnership between the United Way and the Food Advisory Council of Stanly County, the Food Advisory Council has pledged an additional $1,000 matching grant to SCCM.

As part of the partnership, the Food Advisory Council and the United Way will work together to increase food security in the community during the COVID-19 crisis through raising funds for local essential need organizations and providing research-based resources and programs.

To donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, visit the United Way website and select “COVID-19 Response Fund.”