A message from United Way Worldwide U.S. President Stacey Stewart regarding recent events in Nepal and in Baltimore:
In Nepal, our hearts go out to the many communities devastated by the tragic earthquake and aftershocks that struck Saturday. We have established the United Way Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund with a focus on long-term recovery and relief. United Way network partners in the immediate region, with support from United Way Worldwide, will look to work with partners in the public and private sectors to help the impacted people and communities with recovery and rebuilding efforts. Donations to the fund can be made online at unitedway.org/nepalearthquake.
In Baltimore, we know that the events that have escalated over the last few days have resulted in authorities declaring a state of emergency in the city. I've been in touch with Mark Furst, President & CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. He’s informed us that his team is safe and that the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way helpline is standing by ready to respond to people who may be affected by the crisis. We stand with the rest of the country and applaud the 10,000 strong who are peacefully protesting, and hope the violence in Baltimore will subside as soon as possible. I'm confident our United Way there will continue to work with local leaders to ensure the health and safety of all Baltimore residents. In the meantime, let us use this as a reminder that in too many communities, the need to ensure that all people have an opportunity for a better life is as great as it's ever been. United Way's work to ensure that the building blocks of a quality life – education, financial stability and health – are available to everyone, is needed now more than ever.
Stacey D. Stewart / U.S. President / United Way Worldwide