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United Way Sets Up Emergency Fund For Non-Profits

You might think that because of the hoarding stories at supermarkets, some Nevadans are only thinking of themselves in the shadow of the pandemic. 

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Not so. 

The United Way of Southern Nevada, along with several partners, has set up a fund to help those in the non-profit world who are impacted by Covid-19. 

"What we call capacity, which is the ability to raise money to keep our lights on and our people in their seats, has been potentially threatened by what's happening because everyone is affected by this," said Kyle Rahn, president and CEO, United Way of Southern Nevada

While it looks dire right now, Rahn believes the community will come together to help each other out.

"I believe that our community is rising up," she said, "Our nonprofit sector is mighty and we'll persevere, just taking us all working together to do it."

Rahn explained that as the money for the fund is raised United Way will quickly get the money to partners like Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Jewish Family Services and others to pay for things like food assistance, meal vouchers, mortgage abatement and utility payments.

"This money we will keep raising until the need is no longer there," Rahn said, she added the money will only be used to address issues created by the outbreak of COVID-19.

She is hoping to get national funders to give more to Nevada because the impact has been so great to one of the state's biggest economic engines.


Kyle B.  Rahn, president and CEO, United Way of Southern Nevada

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