UWNNS's Response to COVID-19


UWNNS Emergency Assistance Fund:

Supporting local work serving our region’s most vulnerable neighbors

The region's health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. UWNNS is launching our Emergency Assistance Fund to respond to this crisis.


It’s critical that the organizations offering basic needs have additional resources to respond to this challenging time.  We have experienced an increase in calls expressing high needs due to business closures, concerns over stable housing situations, and stress over how families and individuals will make ends meet. Please join us in supporting our fellow northern Nevadans facing economic hardships. Your donation can be the difference in your neighbor's life. Click below to start your donation. 



Effective October 22, 2020, 95% of your donation will directly support northern Nevadans' needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and 5% will support the management and operations of the Emergency Assistance Fund. Please view a list of resources supported by this fund at our COVID-19 Information & Resources page.

The CARES Act has outlined new incentives to individual and corporate donors to make charitable donations. Find out more on our New Tax Advantages for Donors page.  

Thank you to the following supporters who have made gifts to the fund: NV Energy Foundation, Bank of America, Microsoft Reno, Wells Fargo Foundation, State Bar of Nevada Gaming Law Section, Charles Schwab, City National Bank, U.S. Bank Foundation, Washington Federal Bank, State of Nevada Attorney General's Office, and numerous individuals and families. We are grateful for every donor who is contributing to make this Emergency Assistance Fund possible. 


In addition, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to support other long-term needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in northern Nevada. We stand together in supporting one another's efforts to aid our community.  


Recipients of UWNNS Emergency Assistance Fund

Below is a list of local organizations awarded grants through the UWNNS Emergency Assistance Fund in response to COVID-19. As of April 30, 2020, UWNNS has allocated $513,905.00. The funds are distributed to help increase the organizations’ capacity to provide access to essential services such as emergency food, shelter, and rental assistance. If your organization is interested in applying to future funding cycles, click here for more details.

First Wave Allocated on 4.20.2020 with Food & Emergency Shelter Focus: 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows - $5,000.00
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada - $10,000.00
  • Communities in Schools - $5,000.00
  • Community Health Alliance - $2,000.00
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada - $25,000.00
  • Healthy Communities Coalition - $15,000.00
  • Northern Nevada Dream Center - $6,000.00
  • Safe Embrace - $2,500.00
  • Saint Francis of Assisi Food Pantry - $2,000.00
  • Sierra Community House - $5,035.00
  • The Children's Cabinet - $3,000.00
  • Washoe County Human Services Agency - $22,500.00
  • Women and Children's Center of the Sierra - $750.00
  • Second Wave Allocated on 4.30.2020 with Rent & Utility Focus: 
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada - $14,500.00
  • The Children's Cabinet - $62,100.00
  • Frontier Community Action Agency - $17,780.00
  • Nevada Rural Housing Authority - $50,000.00
  • Salvation Army, Carson City - $85,740.00
  • Salvation Army, Reno - $180,000.00
  • For information on how to access resources from recipient organizations, please find details on our COVID-19 Resource Page.


If you cannot make a donation online:

If you need assistance making your donation, please contact Ashleigh Foster, Donor Engagement Officer, at 775-325-8914 or ashleigh.foster@uwnns.org

Please make checks payable to United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. Please note “Emergency Assistance Fund” on the check memo line.

Please mail your donation to United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra, 639 Isbell Rd., Suite 460, Reno, NV 89509.

To make a donation by stock, wire transfer or other assets, please contact Ashleigh Foster, Donor Engagement Officer, at 775-325-8914 or ashleigh.foster@uwnns.org