United Way is seizing this moment to reimagine and build equitable, thriving communities in the Greater Seacoast.
Our Communities Can’t Wait.
Covid-19 is a crisis that impacts everyone. While some have been able to work from home, many of our neighbors are making difficult tradeoffs between paying rent, putting food on their table, and keeping their kids engaged in remote learning. At the height of the economic shut down, the unemployment rate in Rockingham and Strafford counties skyrocketed from 2.4% to as high as 17.6%, pushing more than 41,000 families out of work and deeper into financial crisis.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, United Way has distributed over $240,000 to 23 organizations in the Greater Seacoast, providing emergency financial assistance to help families and individuals pay for food, rent/housing, utilities, and other basic needs.
It’s going to take much more than emergency financial assistance to help families and communities recover from this crisis and rebuild.
Critical early education and out-of-school time programs that families relied on to work have closed. As of last July, more than 200 childcare centers in New Hampshire had been forced to close, forcing working parents to reduce their hours or quit their jobs due to a lack of quality care. Additionally, remote schooling has required more parents to stay home to supervise their children’s learning.
According to the US Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey at the end of November, more than 291,000 New Hampshire adults report that it has been difficult to pay for usual household expenses during the pandemic. The federal eviction moratorium has expired, leaving an estimated 26,000 households in New Hampshire who have fallen behind on housing payments at risk for eviction.
United Way has the scale and reach to help. We have a vison and a mandate to help our communities recover and rebuild, and we have the deep partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, state and municipal leaders, and businesses to be the region’s go-to mobilizer to address these urgent needs and activate comprehensive, long-term solutions.
The Covid-19 crisis has illuminated and widened existing cracks in our human services safety net and education system like no other time in our history. But it is also a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine how we meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents and empower our communities to emerge stronger, equitable and more prepared for the future.
Join us in raising $52 million to lead a comprehensive community response to the ongoing crisis.
The Greater Seacoast region stretches from Seabrook to Dover to Epping, Kittery and Eliot, Maine and within that area there is a rich diversity of communities. United Way, with your support, works to address the region’s biggest challenges by bringing together the agencies, companies, volunteers and donors to make change that lasts.