United Way of Greater Nashville seeing significant increase in requests for help


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee’s unemployment claims climbed by the tens of thousands for a fifth straight week, leaving more people struggling financially.

United Way of Greater Nashville has seen a significant increase in people calling its 211-helpline. Over the last month, most people are calling about housing/shelter needs, getting help finding or buying food, and people asking about employment/income services.

United Way also reported more people calling about help with prescription medications or finding a medical provider, and there was a spike in calls looking for mental health support and crisis intervention.

The community has stepped up to help by donating to their COVID-19 Response Fund, which has raised just over $3.9 million.

Since launching the website, it’s been viewed more than 57,000 times in just over two months and more than 27,000 people visited the site looking for resources.

However, officials said donations are decreasing while the need continues to grow. According to United Way, funded agencies have waitlists of 4,000 people looking for help paying rent, buying groceries, and finding childcare so they can continue to work. 

They are asking the community to donate however they can at to help out their neighbors in need during this difficult time.

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(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST for every county other than Davidson. Information for Davidson comes from the Metro Public Health Department.)

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