United Way suspends all volunteer programs indefinitely

The following is a Monday, March 23 press release from the United Way of the Great River Region regarding operations during the coronavirus outbreak. It is printed in its entirety.

In order to ensure the health and well-being of our volunteers and staff, we are implementing contingency plans regarding the agency’s operations and programs to minimize risk and exposure from COVID-19.  Contingency plans are based on information we have to date as we navigate this ever-changing situation.

All volunteer programs and activities have been suspended until further notice.  This includes Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) workstations and Literacy program volunteers.  Volunteer duties will resume when restrictions have relaxed.  Please continue to monitor CDC, IDPH and LCPH websites for accurate and up-to-date information.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will be suspended until at least April 6 or until such time that we are directed to resume service.  The federal filing deadline has been extended until July 15 and we will announce revised program dates when we receive more information.

United Way of the Great River Region will continue to connect with funded partners and community organizations to assess needs in the tri-state area and how volunteers might be of use within governmental restrictions. In conjunction with our state and federal grant partners, we are in the process of putting together best practices/safety protocols.

The United Way also announced they will continue to stand with 2020 partner agencies and will continue to provide funding regardless of the agency’s operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

“We have partner agencies that are feeding seniors, families, and children. We have partner agencies that are helping people deal with the stresses that isolation and social distancing are creating in their lives,” said director Karen Siefken, UWGRR director.

“We have partner agencies that provide all types of resources that communities need. All we ask is that our communities and donors remember United Way is here and active in your community.”

Siefken said donations will be needed now more than ever before, and to please consider donating to United Way of the Great River Region.

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