For Immediate Release
Washington, DC (January 10, 2019)—United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) today announced the launch of its Emergency Assistance Fund, making available an initial $50,000 that will provide additional capacity to select nonprofit organizations providing vital food, rent and other assistance, which are facing an increased demand for services due to the government shutdown crisis. United Way NCA is calling on the community—both corporate partners and individuals in the region—to join the organization by matching its pledge or contributing. Pepco was first to respond with a $50,000 matching grant to the Emergency Assistance Fund, and the United Way NCA expects more will follow. In addition, United Way NCA invites all of those affected to visit its regional network of Financial Empowerment Centers (FEC) for individual financial counseling and guidance.
“Tomorrow will mark the first pay period where federal workers and those who support this work will not receive a paycheck that they desperately rely on to live and these resources will provide some assurance and support for the thousands of individuals in our region affected during this time,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, President & CEO, United Way National Capital Area. “By first providing additional financial support to these non-profit organizations and guiding residents to our Financial Empowerment Centers for one-on-one financial coaching, we want residents to know their United Way stands by them through this crisis.”