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United Way of Miami-Dade continues to build a stronger Miami during pandemic

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 17:10:57-04

United Way of Miami-Dade launched an economic relief and recovery fund to help the thousands of people in need of resources, from mental health services to where to find your next meal.

“Our relief work has really been trying to meet immediate need and a lot of this has to do with food insecurity,” said Roberta Silva, Senior Director of Special Events & Engagement at United Way of Miami-Dade.

According to Roberta, thousands of people have reached out to them stressing out about where they can find food for their families.

Through partnerships and donations, United Way has distributed care packages and food baskets to more than 6,000 families since March.

To serve everyone in need, the nonprofit depends on their volunteers.

“We’ve been able to welcome, between remote and physical opportunities, almost 1500 volunteers in the past four months which is a definite spike for us. It allows us to continue to do our work in a very intentional way and it continues to provide the resources for anyone in the community,” said Roberta.

Other volunteer opportunities include writing digital letters of gratitude to healthcare and essential workers and reading to kids online.

“We are able to offer opportunities for anybody who is homebound but still able to lend a hand and really would love to help others in our community and build out community up which is so important for us here at United Way,” added Roberta.

If you’re in need, you can find more information on mental health resources, where to find food distribution sites, employment opportunities and so much more on unitedwaymiami.org

If you’re interested in volunteering, head to volunteermiami.org.