COVID-19 Fund



As our community adjusts daily, even hourly, to the effects of the Coronavirus, the Columbus Area United Way has established a fund to help respond to the impact of COVID-19.

The Columbus Area United Way has established a COVID-19 fund specifically for nonprofits which directly helps those in need due to the impact of COVID-19.  Area nonprofits can apply for funds through a simple application form which is available for download at the bottom of this page.  The form will also be available on our Facebook page @ColNeUnitedway.

The Columbus Area United Way Board of Directors approved $10,000 to start the fund, with the intent the community will help support the fund in order to provide critical resources to nonprofits in Platte, Boone, Nance, Colfax, Polk and Butler County in Nebraska.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

-Give through this website by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top of this page

-Mail check to Columbus Area United Way office at:

P.O.Box 1372 - Columbus, NE 68601   *Please put in memo - "COVID-19"*

For more information please email

As of April 10, 2020, Columbus Area United Way and Community Response, which is part of the Community and Family Partnership that receives funding through Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, partnered together for the COVID-19 Fund.  Community Response provides a coordinated system of support services for children, youth, young adults, and families to prevent unnecessary crisis or involvement with higher systems of care.

Therefore, Community Response will be a collaborative partner in the COVID-19 fund distribution process and provide match dollars for requests that fall within their funding parameters.

The Columbus Area United Way supports the service of 2-1-1.  Individuals can call 2-1-1 to locate resources to help them during this time.  2-1-1 provides general information about COVID-19; any specific medical questions should be directed to local health departments. Alongside 2-1-1 United Way is impacting our community in the areas of Health, Education and partners with Familywize prescription discount cards.  This service is free and can provide reduced costs for prescription medication.

2-1-1 and FamilyWize information cards are available to be distributed to businesses and organizations in our community to provide to employees, clients, and members.  If you are interested in having cards for your business or organization please email with the amount requested and if you would like them mailed or dropped off at your location.