Reflections on Labor Day | United Way Worldwide

Do we ever stop and wonder why millions of Americans spend Labor Day, the first Monday of September, with friends and family? Whether it’s a last dip before the pools close or grilling burgers at the neighborhood BBQ, for many Labor Day signifies nothing more than the end of summer (or another sale).  But Labor Day is a moment to celebrate the contributions of the labor movement in our country. Especially now, in the second year of a global pandemic, it’s an opportunity for us to salute the millions of...

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown

WASHINGTON -- FEMA has provided over $1.088 billion to more than 165,000 people to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for deaths occurring on or after Jan. 20, 2020. Eligibility determinations are not driven by state/location; instead, they are based on when the applicant submits all required documentation. “Applications” in the below chart reflect the number of individuals...

Registration Deadline for FEMA Assistance Extended to Oct. 13

CHICAGO – The deadline for survivors of the June 25 –26 severe storms and flooding to register with FEMA for individual disaster assistance has been extended to Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The extension applies to survivors living in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. FEMA assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs,...

An Extraordinary Life: Remembering Anne Springs Close

Photo of Anne Springs Close The field of philanthropy lost one of its most remarkable leaders last month. So did the fields of conservation and environmental protection, those committed to racial and economic justice, children and families, and the people of South Carolina. And all was lost in the person of one small yet extraordinary woman, Anne Springs Close....