United Way The Netherlands is launching its Live United initiative on 1 June. In it, we are focusing on rebuilding our community to be a stronger, more equitable place post the Covid pandemic.   

While UW-NL has always been focused on helping the most vulnerable in Dutch society, working to close the divide in healthcare, financial stability and education, we recognize that the intersection of the Covid-19 pandemic and racial and ethnic inequality has widened the existing gap. Our community needs to work together to reimagine and rebuild as a  more equitable place where we all can thrive.   

Across the world, United Way has been working overtime to help communities respond to Covid-19. The US$1 billion which United Way raised globally for pandemic relief efforts is now being put to good use in our communities. It helped more than 27 million people stay in their homes, feed their families, keep the lights on, and more.   

But we also know that real recovery will take a while. Our work is far from over. So many jobs have been lost. Educators and parents worry about learning loss, especially for low-income children of colour. United Way’s operations worldwide are still fielding record requests for help. 

Rebuilding isn’t a matter of going back to where we were. It’s reimagining how we can be better, and building towards that – together. Please help us to Live United.

For additional information please contact Julie Barikmo: julie.barikmo@unitedway.nl

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