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United Way of the Big Bend Coronavirus Relief Fund distributes $80k in relief

Posted at 5:28 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 17:28:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — There is an additional $80,00 flowing through the capital region to help people in need due to COVID-19.

This week, the United Way of the Big Bend and Florida Blue are distributing the money from the United Way of the Big Bend Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The United Way awarded money to organizations like ECHO Outreach Ministry, ELder Care, 211 Big Bend, and the Kearney Center.

The goal is to improve food security, provide rent and utility assistance, and senior assistance, including wellness checks.

"We're gonna see longterm effects of COVID-19," said Bernice Cox, the CEO of the United Way of the Big Bend. "Economically, health, and mental health. We're going to be there to try to help and collaborate with partners to really try and make an impact."

United Way is adding a mental health component to their service as more need for mental health assistance arises out of the pandemic.