COVID-19 Action

Washington County covid-19 emergency assistance fund

YOU CAN HELP! In response to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), United Way of Washington County, Maryland (UWWC) & the Community Foundation of Washington County have established a COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to support Washington County community-based organizations. In the weeks and months ahead, the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will provide additional capacity to community-based organizations in Washington County. This fund will deliver economic assistance and access to vital food and basic need supplies to the many children, families and households who already have and will be impacted by the temporary loss of income. UWWC’s Emergency Assistance Fund may also be deployed to strengthen our community’s ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of health and other emergencies, as well as to support programs and initiatives that are focused on fighting for the health, education, basic needs and financial stability of our community. Donations made to the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will support efforts to provide relief to people impacted by coronavirus and its effect on our community. 

To donate to the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, click here.
You can also text CovidWashCo to 313131. 

As our community, state and nation implements plans to address COVID-19, many in the area who are living in or near poverty often lack disposable income, and cannot afford a day without pay, or to seek medical attention when they or their children may need it. The virus and its after-effects will be another source of stress on already vulnerable members of the community. Nearly 23,000 or 41% of households in Washington County are considered A-L-I-C-E (asset limited, income constrained, employed) or, for lack of a better term, the working poor.

“We fear the inevitable, the near and long-term impact of the coronavirus will surely have long lasting implications across all sectors, and will disproportionately affect those earning hourly wages, those without health insurance or access to child care, and those already living in poverty. The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund is here to serve the critical needs of our most vulnerable neighbors as we work together in response to the coronavirus, as well as look ahead to ensure inclusion of those furthest behind, who may otherwise face the worst effects of the pandemic in the months ahead." - Heather Guessford, UWWC President & CEO. 

YOU CAN HELP, click here!
Donate to the WASHINGTON COUNTY COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, today!

Make sure to select "Covid-19 Relief" in the designation field. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR OFFICIAL WASHINGTON COUNTY COVID-19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND VIDEO


WASHINGTON COUNTY RESOURCES

State & Local Government Resources:

  • The Washington County Chamber of Commerce has begun providing the latest information and resources available at hagerstown.org/strongtogether.

  • Washington County Government is compiling the latest updates and announcements, more information can be found at washco-md.net/coronavirus-info

  • Maryland 211 provides information about community resources and connects people to basic needs assistance and other social services visit 211MD.ORG, or dial 2-1-1 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

  • Those concerned about or affected by COVID-19 should follow the CDC Guidelines

  • Governor Hogan's Maryland Unites: provides all the latest on the respones to COVID-19 and how we are working together to get through this. 

  • Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund This $50 million grant program for businesses and non-profits offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020. 

  • Washington County Public Schools: WCPS is pleased to provide students and families access to a wide variety of digital and downloadable resources to continue learning. Students have access to their textbooks, subscription content, standardized apps, interactive e-books, and other projects at Keep Learning @ WCPS

  • Washington County Health Department: The Washington County Health Department communicates when certain commnicable diseases are confirmed as well as issues guidelines for appropriate action. They are providing the latest updates on COVID-19 testing and confirmed cases. 

  • The Community Foundation of Washington County: The Community Foundation has partnered with United Way of Washington County in the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to support Washington County community-based organizations.

  • For Our City: For Our City is a local organization that is partnering with many other local organizations to provide relief and resources to our community. If you are resident in need or a resident who wants to help with a need, please visit. 

Educational & Youth Resources: 

  • Boys & Girls Club of Washington County:
    The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County will move to telecommuting as of 5 p.m. on March 23rd. However, starting March 30th, the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County will launch online programming to serve members and other youth in the community.
    Staff are using the Boys & Girls Club of America program Myfutres.net, as well as Instagram live, Facebook Live, TikTok and Zoom to carry out the programming they have planned. Each site will contact parents and members to pass along information on how to utilize Antietam Cable’s hot spots and internet options and to enroll them in the program. Unit Director’s will take on Triple Play, STEM & Arts, Passport to Manhood and Smart Girls. In addition, there will be a nightly story time on the BGCWC Facebook page. The programming is open to all Washington County youth. You can follow the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County Facebook page
    for programming updates.

Internet, Cable & Additional Resources:

  •  COMCAST / XFINITY CABLE : Hancock, Sharpsburg, Keedysville
    At-home education: For those families in your community who have school-age children at home currently, please share that we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
    Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.”  More info: 
    https://www.xfinity.com/prepare
    Wifi Hotspots – “Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access.”Map of Hotspot can be located here: https://wifi.xfinity.com/

  • ANTIETAM BROADBAND : Hancock, Sharpsburg, Keedysville
    Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020: Low-income families, who live in Antietam Broadband’s service area, with a student attending​ Washington County Public Schools can sign up for the Antietam Edu-Net Program and get the first 60 days free. 
    Learn more here. With the WCPS closure, please contact us directly at 301-797-5000 to apply. Antietam will suspend fees for exceeding data caps through April 30, 2020.
    Antietam will open access to its 120 Community WiFi Hotspots throughout Washington​County for all residents. To locate the nearest hotspot, download the free Antietam WiFi Finder​App from Google Play and Apple App Store, or 
    consult the map on our website here.
    Antietam will temporarily waive late fees and suspend disconnections of service due to failure to pay.
    To accommodate additional customer needs, Antietam has added more technicians and​increased its capacity to perform service installations. ​
    Antietam Broadband is focused on supporting our community as we all take steps to limit the spread of​the COVID-19 virus. We want to help our customers​ have access to the latest information regarding the virus and stay connected to their families, friends, ​schools and places of work. Protecting the health of our customers, employees, and community is our​utmost priority.”

Basic Needs Resources:

  • Meals for StudentsStarting Tuesday, March 17 WCPS is providing meals to students free of charge at summer meal sites. Meals (breakfast, lunch & snack) will be provided weekdays from noon - 1pm at the following locations. 

Pangborn Elementary
195 Pangborn Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Salem Ave. Elementary
1323 Salem Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Bester Elementary
385 Mill St. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Hancock Middle/High
289 W. Main St. Hancock, MD 21750

Children in Need
131 W. North Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Otterbein Church
​108 E. Franklin St. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Cortland Manor
12806 Little Elliott Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21742

Noland Village
1048 Noland Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Valley Meadows Townhomes
11201 Scarlett Oak Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21740

 

The following sites will be open as of Monday, March 23:
 

Springfield Middle
334 E. Sunset Avenue, Williamsport, MD 21795

Cascade Elementary (11 - 11:30 a.m.)
14519 Pennersville Road, Cascade, MD 21719

Smithsburg Elementary (12 - 12:30 p.m.)
67 N. Main St., Smithsburg, MD 21783

Hagerstown Seventh-Day Adventist Church (1 -1:30 p.m.)
11507 Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown, MD 21742

Boonsboro High (11 - 11:30 a.m.)
10 Campus Ave., Boonsboro, MD 21713

Sharpsburg Elementary (12 - 12:30 p.m.)
17525 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Brownsville Church of the Brethren (12 - 12:30 p.m.)
1911 Rohrersville Road, Knoxville, MD 21758

Jonathan Hager Elementary (1 - 1:30 p.m.)
12615 Sedgwick Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Emmanuel Baptist Temple (12 - 12:30 p.m.)
16221 National Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Clear Spring Middle (11 - 11:30 a.m.)
12628 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722

WASHINGTON COUNTY NEEDS

This is a list of specific needs/wants from our partner agencies. Information will be updated daily. Please keep your requests coming and we will do our best to get the message out immediately. 

  • Children in Need: Currently closed to visitors. Volunteers are active onsite. No supplies needed at the moment, however, please stay tuned as our situation evolves. Most likely will have a need for toiletries and underclothing. 

  • Maryland Food Bank - Western Maryland Branch: Cash, volunteer groups of no more than four people to sort salvage retail products, volunteer portal on their website.

  • Reach of Washington County: Lysol, gloves, masks, books, word search and crossword puzzles.

  • Washington County Commission on Aging: Meals on Wheels - shelf-stable food and toiletries. Cat Litter. Please, no expired food. Cash, donations - to purchase disinfectant and distilled water. 

  • Washington County Community Action Council: shelf-stable, please, nothing expired. Additional Updates: Food pantry remains open but will need to be replenished. Hopewell Express bus is still operational. Accepting online applications for energy assistance.

  • Lasting Change / The W House: Cleaning supplies (without alcohol), masks, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, food, games, books, movies, crafts, etc. 

  • Discovery Station: Cash, donations - to keep the lights on and staff a paycheck. A donor has provided a $10,000 donation amount for matched funds.  Donations are greatly appreciated. 

  • Meritus AuxiliansSupplies for care boxes to be distributed to volunteers & medical staff - supplies and donations of all sorts are greatly appreciated. 

  • YMCA: Cash, donations - to keep staff paid as YMCA has committed to ensuring each staff member a pay check for atleast the next 2 weeks. 

  • Hospice of Washington County: due to a nationwide shortage in supplies - donations of personal protective equipment - Surgical Masks, Gloves, UVC Ovens (that sterilize) etc. Cash, donations

  • Community Free Clinic: Cash, donations - for personal protective equipment. Or donations of supplies -  N95 mask, gowns, large gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Washington County: Cash, donations. 

  • American Red Cross (Western Maryland): The Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage, please schedule an appointment to donate blood today or find a collection location near you here

  • Horizon GoodwillCash donations needed to support workforce development program. Retail stores currently closed. Donations of clothing and goods currently being accepted at the Boonsboro Attended Donation Center (ADC) at 7744 Old National Pike, 21713) and Corporate Center ADC (14515 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown). 

  • Turning Point (Homeless Outreach Program): Volunteers to distribute shower supplies and laundry, M-W: 430-630pm. Please contact Megan Ball at 301.733.6063 x 8269 or mball@waystationinc.org

 

LIVE UNITED

In a time of great uncertainty, we must UNITE and be mindful of those surrounding us and help lift one another in a time of hardship. Many of our funded agencies are providing great work to our community during this time to continue to ensure the needs of our community are met. Many in our community are looking for ways they can get involved, by volunteering or making donations to a cause.  As stated by the United Way Worldwide President & CEO, Brian Gallagher, "The best way to find peace is to serve others." United Way of Washington County is working with local nonprofits, foundations, and donors to identify area needs and coordinate resources to meet these needs. Please stay tuned. We will provide more updates and announcements as details unfold.
Our office is continuing with regular hours of operation. Staff are encouraged to work remotely if necessary. Access to our office is limited. We encourage you to call, contact us via email, website, or social media if there is anything we can help you with. 
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS, TOGETHER!