We are a strong, resourceful, and resilient community. Now, more than ever, is the time for us to pull together and care for each other. The One Haverhill Fund will mobilize resources to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The needs of our clients and the families we serve is growing exponentially. In March the unemployment rate in Haverhill was just over 3%. At the end of May it is a jarring 29%. As parents attempt to return to work, they are finding shuttered child care centers and restrictions on the number of children that can be served. It will be an uphill battle for many and we will be there to help them navigate a new path.”
— Kerri Perry, Community Action Inc., Haverhill
DONATE NOW TO HELP PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY
The One Haverhill Fund — convened by Representative Andy Vargas and established by Haverhill community leaders, including Mayor James Fiorentini, Representative Christina Minicucci, the Greater Haverhill Chamber, Community Action, Inc., Emmaus, Haverhill food pantries, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley — will mobilize resources for emergency assistance and expanded food distribution, with a focus on those who are most economically vulnerable during the pandemic. This fund will deploy resources through nonprofit partners to prevent financial crises and displacement for the residents of our city.
As COVID-19 reverberates across hospitals, offices, schools, and homes, many in Haverhill are being impacted in ways they never imagined a month ago. Businesses who make up the backbone of our local economy have significantly reduced their hours or have been forced to close. People who are not paid if they are not working are trying to figure out how they will make ends meet. This fund was established to mobilize those who can give to do so, generously, in support of their neighbors.
HOW WILL THE One Haverhill FUND HELP?
These funds will cover the costs of essential needs including, but not limited to, rent, food, utilities, internet connectivity, childcare, medications, and other basic necessities.
At this time, this fund is not intended to support nonprofit capacity. It will rather focus on the basic needs of families. Priority will be given to those who are most economically vulnerable to this crisis. All donations will be collected by United Way and distributed by established Haverhill nonprofit organizations with a track record of administering assistance funds.
HOW CAN I GIVE TO THE One Haverhill FUND?
You can donate to our fund by clicking the yellow GIVE TODAY button or by clicking here. All gifts are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds (net credit card fees) will go to individuals seeking assistance via nonprofits already working in our community. You may also give via your Donor Advised Fund by including “The One Haverhill Fund” in your recommendation details. Our tax ID number is 04-2382233.
You can also send a check to the following address: United Way of Massachusetts Bay, PO Box 51381, Boston, MA 02205-1381. Please make checks out to “United Way of Massachusetts Bay” and include “The One Haverhill Fund” in the memo of your check.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED ASSISTANCE?
In the coming days, visit this space for more detailed information about how to inquire for support. Until then, if you need immediate help, please contact Haverhill’s 3-1-1 call center for assistance. Anyone within the city limits can simply dial 311 and reach trained operators from 8AM-4PM to respond to non-emergency questions and concerns.
In addition, you can call United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline or visit mass211.org for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus.
Help Us Help our Haverhill Neighbors
Your donation will help individuals and families stay afloat during these uncertain times.
This is Haverhill - One Haverhill. Join us.
This is Haverhill– one Haverhill! Join us in our mission to make sure no Haverhill resident or family gets left behind. If you can afford to, please donate to the One Haverhill fund: bit.ly/onehaverhill United Way of Massachusetts Bay Greater Haverhill Chamber Community Action, Inc. Emmaus, Inc.Posted by Andy X. Vargas on Monday, May 18, 2020