The Pittsburgh Steelers announced a $100,000 donation to the United Way Emergency Basic Needs Fund to help against the fight of the COVID-19 virus, it was announced today.
"The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has always played a major role in helping our community," Steelers President Art Rooney II said. "During these unprecedented times in our country, we want to make sure those in need have the financial support to rally in our community. We are grateful for the efforts of all the heroes, volunteers and first responders during this crisis, and we hope this donation will assist the United Way in their efforts."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the United Way has mobilized to support families that have been economically impacted. The United Way's 24/7 2-1-1 has also established a formal arrangement to assist the Allegheny County Health Department, which is getting hundreds of calls a day. This includes:
• Handling calls to provide general information about health questions related to the virus, referring those who need further evaluation to the Health Department.
• Fielding additional call volume for Emergency Basic Needs, like food, rent and utility payments, which may escalate during this crisis.
• Providing the latest CDC guidelines and recommendations from local authorities.
The Pittsburgh Steelers organization has had a long partnership with the United Way and its impressive history of getting resources to those most in need in our community.