United Way of Central Maryland (the nonprofit organization serving Baltimore City and the surrounding counties for 95 years by promoting equity, creating opportunity, and improving lives by increasing access to health, housing, employment, and education) continues to be committed to supporting families in the region during the COVID-19 crisis.
Part of the organization’s work is centered on working with families to create financially stable households. While families struggled with this before the pandemic, there are more who will encounter this challenge as it continues to impact the economy and their livelihoods.
The federal government’s upcoming stimulus package will help temporarily – but what is the best use of this addition to an already strained household budget?
Following are a few tips from United Way’s caseworkers:
The 211 Maryland United Way Helpline is a resource 24/7, 365 days a year, and will remain a resource well after the immediate needs this pandemic has created are met. The 211 staff is available to assist callers with questions about public benefits and connect those in need of food, health care services, childcare, transportation, utility assistance, and eviction prevention. Callers also can receive information on mental health counseling, job training, and substance use recovery.