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Greensboro virus relief fund created to help families

The City of Greensboro says the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund is accepting donations to support local children and families impacted by the virus.

GREENSBORO, N.C. —

The United Way of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro announced they are supporting residents impacted by the coronavirus through a relief fund, Monday afternoon.

The two organizations are collaborating by establishing the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund.

The City of Greensboro says the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund is accepting donations to support local children and families impacted by the virus. United Way and the City will coordinate with local nonprofits to determine ongoing needs and fund distribution.

“In these unprecedented times, working hand-in-hand with local leaders to share information and coordinate resources is critical in serving children and families impacted by the Coronavirus,” said United Way of Greater Greensboro President and CEO Michelle Gethers-Clark.  “United Way and City officials are dedicated to working together to pull our community through this.”

The city says anyone who is interested in donating can text the word Virus to 40403 or visit the United Way of Greater Greensboro's website in order to donate online.

“Greensboro has proven time and again to be a caring community. This is an opportunity to fill voids for some of our most vulnerable residents, during these challenging and unprecedented times. Let’s demonstrate our One Greensboro spirit by giving to the relief fund,” Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said.

The City of Greensboro says the areas of anticipated need include food insecurities, education interruptions, employment reductions, housing vulnerabilities, medical access, and business disruption.

FACTS NOT FEAR

Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the same measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses. That means washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes.

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WHERE YOU GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS IS IMPORTANT

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about the coronavirus is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. Be careful not to spread misinformation about coronavirus on social media.

For more information visit the CDC OR NCDHHS

NC CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE 

The state also has a special hotline set up where you can call 866-462-3821 for more information on the coronavirus. You can also submit questions online at ncpoisoncontrol.org or select chat to talk with someone about the virus.

You can also text keyword VIRUS to WFMY News 2 at 336-379-5775 to find out more information.

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