MISSOULA — The United Way of Missoula County raised $137,000 in just 24 hours to help those affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The money will be used to help struggling service care workers during this time. Contributions to the emergency disaster fund are going to people that have been laid off, people without healthcare, and nonprofit organizations.
United Way CEO Susan Hay Patrick notes that Missoula has a service-oriented economy and that lots of people have already been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
"We live in a wonderful community. We need to be resilient and not panic. We need to abide by all the public health advisories, and focus on recovering as a community, together,” she told MTN News.
Hay Patrick says they are working to make it easier for people to apply for funds. The United Way is expected to have specifics this weekend or early next week.