COVID-19 Relief Fund’s total grows by more than $4,000

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 14, 2020

SALISBURY — The COVID-19 Relief has raised about $56,000 to help local people with needs stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting business shutdowns.

The fund is raising money to help local people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and economic shutdowns with food insecurity, medical expenses and housing needs as well as funding for disruptions in business for nonprofits. The United Way will distribute grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofits and cover all expenses associated with the administration and distributions of the funds.

Since the last update on Sunday, the fund raised $4,075 from 18 donations. That brings its total to $55,997. The United Way plans to match public contributions with up to $120,000 of internal funds that it has reallocated to help with the relief effort.

Anyone interested in making a donation can do so at, text the word “RELIEF” to 704-286-1011 or mail a contribution to the United Way at 131 West Innes St., Suite 201, Salisbury, N.C. 28144. Those mailing donations should address them to the attention of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Those making a donation online should include a note in the comment section saying it’s for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Nonprofits can obtain more information about applying by visiting or calling the office at 704-633-1802.

Donations since the previous update are as follows:

• Jay Bolin, $25

• Gilbert and Joyce Sprinkle, $100

• Florence Peck, $200

• Kay Wilson, $200

• Eric and Kathy Norris, $100

• Carl and Linda Brown, $100

• Karen Hobson, $100

• Jane Rowland, $100

• David Alexander, $500

• Bobby Rusher, $500

• Jerry and Carolyn Sides, $100

• Jack and Peggy Swicegood, $50

• Anonymous, $1,000

• Anonymous, $150

• Anonymous, $50, made in Memory of Alberta Crane Fernandez, BHS class of 1960

• Betty White, $500

• Jayne Hubbard, $100

• Patrick and Linda Broadway, $200