NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- The Lawrence County community has been challenged from the beginning of 2020 with the onset of Covid-19 which was a pandemic that we were not prepared for or trained on how to respond. United Way faced H1N1 and SARS and received instruction and policies on how to organize mass inoculations and feeding programs. Covid-19 brought on such a variance with social distancing and lack of food resources that United Way had to pivot to help organize and meet these needs.
Data shows that, “Systemic Racism” exists and racial injustice has taken work at United Way of Lawrence County to another level of response. This has been a year of change and we continue to evaluate issues and make adjustments to meet the new emerging needs in this community.
Terri Stramba, Stramba Farm & Fiber Mill and United Way Board President stated, “We applaud the efforts of our member agencies, organizations, non-profits, churches businesses, and school districts that created new programming and services and provided assistance to families in our community during this pandemic. Our United Way Board of Directors continues to provide wisdom and direction as we are engaging in this transition to make our agency relevant to these ever evolving needs.”