COVID-19 Response: Knitting for a Cause

Kandice RileyCOVID-19 Response

Throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, United Way of the Ozarks continued support of local partner nonprofits, including Harmony House.

Harmony House “provides shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence and promotes the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse.” 

The shelter-in-place order early in the pandemic required Harmony House to cancel or postpone all the fundraisers and awareness events. In addition, it transitioned operations to put the health and safety first of those they serve. United Way allocated $9,500 to Harmony House through the Coronavirus Response Fund.  The funds helped cover expenses associated with transitioning services.

From left to right: COVID-related supplies; Knitting for a Cause event supplies for residents; Supplies for the grab-and-go meal service

Funding critical services

The Coronavirus Response Fund allocations ensured Harmony House could meet COVID-19 safety protocols while continuing critical services, including offering grab-and-go meals for residents to eliminate large gatherings. Funding also allowed purchases of:

  • Paper goods, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and basic medical supplies.
  • Technology to operate remotely.
  • A laptop to connect residents with outside partners providing life skills and extra activities.

One of these activities included Knitting for a Cause. The virtual offering allowed residents the opportunity to engage and give back to their community. 

Even with a global health crisis at hand, United Way of the Ozarks’ partner nonprofits continue to provide crucial support and aid to our Ozark community.

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United Way of the Ozarks is committed to supporting our nonprofit community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.