United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Responds to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Our Communities

Please Support United Way's COVID-19 Crisis Efforts

As a convener and provider of resources, United Way has always been uniquely positioned in the community, in partnership with the nonprofit and government sector, to respond, provide assistance and support residents during times of uncertainty.

March 3, 2020

County Executive George Latimer deems United Way’s 211 Helpline as the point of information to Westchester residents about COVID-19.

March 22

Putnam County designated the 211 Helpline as its point of information.

March 1-31

United Way’s 211 Helpline received over 15,000 calls with 9,133 Coronavirus-specific calls, and we anticipate these to increase in the hours, days and weeks to come. We are currently fielding up to 800 calls a day, which is 350% more than our normal call volume.

March 21, 2020

United Way of Westchester and Putnam was deemed an “essential business” by Empire State Development according to the revised New York State Executive Order 202.6 because we provide basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations and provides essential services to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies.

March 12, 2020

United Way and Nonprofit Westchester convened executives from local nonprofits as well as representatives from county, state, and federal government to assess the needs that the nonprofits are seeing through their work and develop a collaborative action plan to address these community issues.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam sent out a survey to over 1,000 nonprofits in our community to hear directly from them what their needs are.

March 18, 2020 

United Way of Westchester and Putnam activated up to $50,000 from The John M. Bendheim Community Response Fund to provide grants to local nonprofits directly helping the underprivileged, marginalized or ALICE populations (those who are employed but are living paycheck-to-paycheck) and who are displaced or actively impacted by the Coronavirus in Westchester County. 

This is the first of several rounds of funding United Way of Westchester and Putnam will offer in response to the Coronavirus.

March 23, 2020 

United Way of Westchester and Putnam has partnered with nonprofits and local food establishments to provide more than $10,000 worth of professionally-prepared meals to Putnam County residents who are senior citizens, disabled, or who are immune-compromised as well as first responders and healthcare workers.

April 2, 2020

United Way of Westchester and Putnam was able to distribute 10,000 pounds of food to about 800 families (including 325 that were delivered to seniors and immune compromised) in Putnam during this time of need, thanks to our partnerships with Putnam County Government and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

While United Way of Westchester and Putnam remains committed to our community, its residents, businesses and the nonprofit sector, WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU – we need help and financial support now more than ever.

We are all in this together. Thank you.

Other Ways to Give:

Give by Check

Mail a check made payable to United Way of Westchester and Putnam to our secure lockbox at: United Way of Westchester and Putnam Gift Processing Center, Box 8000, Department 952, Buffalo, NY 14267-0002.

Give by Phone

You can make a credit card contribution over the phone by calling our controller at 914.997.6700 x 708.

Give Stock

You can make a gift of securities directly to United Way. Please call our controller at 914.997.6700 x 708.

Give Though your Donor Advised Fund

You can make a gift through your Donor Advised Fund by requesting that a grant be made from your fund to United Way.

Give a Tax Free Gift

If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a tax-free gift using the charitable IRA rollover. ($100,000 maximum annually).

Honor a Loved One

You can recognize a special friend or family members by making a gift in their honor or memory.

Leave a Legacy

You can leave a legacy of your local support with a gift to United Way in your will or estate plans.

Give Guidelines To be eligible for a 2020 tax deduction:

· Checks mailed to United Way must be postmarked by December 31, 2020. · Credit card contributions must be completed by December 31, 2020. · Stock transfers must be completed and asset received by United Way by December 31, 2020.

Your donations are used to support the Putnam and Westchester communities.

This is a safe & secure site

United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s (UWWP) last financial report filed with the office of the Attorney General is available at uwwp.org, and upon request, may also be obtained by calling UWWP at 914-997-6700 ext. 708 or at the UWWP office at 336 Central Park Avenue, White Plains or from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at   www.charitiesnys.com or 28 Liberty Street, NY, NY 10005 or by calling 212-416-8401. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the law.