The spread of coronavirus has created a global crisis. Large numbers of people are suffering, and more are expected to suffer from ill health and economic and social consequences. The full impact is as yet unknown, but likely to be serious and lasting up to 12 months. Many people are already out of work and struggling to make ends meet, with essential food basics in high demand and unavailable and small businesses struggling or failing.
Not only this, but mental health is also at risk with social distancing and self-isolation in operation generally, with many only able to connect virtually with family, friends and colleagues, compounded by fears about the health of themselves and loved ones.
The government is taking steps to support people, business and the economy.
United Way is responding to this crisis around the globe. In the Netherlands, we are working closely with partners and funders to ensure that existing services continue and that the right support is available in the right way at the right time where needed. Following guidelines by the government and United Way Worldwide, United Way the Netherlands has moved all of its meetings and other in-person program’s to online services for the foreseeable future.
Many offers for volunteer work from our partners have reached us for which we are most grateful and in the coming days, we hope to offer a program to engage these partners to the full extent and use these resources while ensuring that the appropriate distancing guidelines are all maintained.
Donations during this difficult period of time can be made through the dedicated COVID-19 Community Response & Recovery Fund!
Thank you and keep well.