FLORENCE – United Way of Northwest Alabama’s Northwest Alabama Covid Emergency Fund recently received a very generous donation from Orsted on behalf of its Muscle Shoals Project.  The money will be distributed in phases. The first will help alleviate some of the financial burden those in the nonprofit sector have faced since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nonprofit agencies from Colbert, Lauderdale, Franklin, and Marion Counties are invited to apply for up to $2,500 in funding.  Agencies must submit their 501c3 letter and their 990.   Agencies are not required to be current United Way partners, but they must be operational and providing services in some capacity. 

“We are truly thankful for this gift from Orsted,” said Jennifer McNulty, CEO of United Way of Northwest Alabama.  “We have a team of individuals dedicated to ensuring that dissemination of our Covid fund creates the greatest impact in our communities.” 

United Way has raised approximately $150,000 for the Northwest Alabama Covid Emergency Fund thus far and continue to raise money to help those in need.  Funding has provided in the form of food pantry credits at the Northwest Alabama Food Bank, an initial round of funding for distressed nonprofits, rent and utility assistance, oxygen for Covid patients who are discharged from the hospitals, and now another round to support nonprofit agencies in need.

Any interested nonprofit agency can find the application on United Way of Northwest Alabama’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages or just email kerry@uwnwal.org for a link.

The deadline for application submission is Friday, February 19 at noon. For more information, contact Kerry Del Pizzo at 256-764-5892 or email kerry@uwshoals.org.