GivingTuesday Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2020

Hot Springs, AR – United Way of the Ouachitas would like to encourage the community to consider all who have been affected this year during Giving Tuesday.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

Our new normal is a world of uncertainty and change. That will take some getting used to. But we need to do more than adapt to a post-pandemic world. We need to build a better one. Thousands of people in our community devastated by the events of 2020 need your support to rebuild their lives.

At the beginning of the year, none of us were prepared for what we would confront, and no one knew how many in our community would need our help. Faced with a once-in-a-century challenge, the United Way of the Ouachitas stepped up. United Way staff, donors, volunteers, and our entire community came together in an unprecedented way! We helped our neighbors who were most impacted by the global pandemic and economic downturn get the relief and support they needed.

  • Raised over $75,000 for the COVID-19 relief fund

  • Distributed 325 food boxes to those who were affected by COVID-19

  • Provided utility relief to 45 individuals who were affected by COVID-19

  • Provided rental/mortgage relief to 63 individuals affected by COVID- 19

  • Provided medical relief in the amount of $370.76 to individuals affected by COVID-19

  • Helped the public navigate EIP/Economic Income Payments for families and individuals

  • Provided FREE training through our Financial Empowerment Center classes to 78 individuals virtually

  • Hosted an online Stuff the Bus fundraiser to collect school supplies for Garland county schools

  • Offered mental health care resources to the community through our partnerships

  • Prepared more than 50 tax returns for FREE throughout the pandemic, with more than $86,338 in returns brought back to our community.

But there is so much more to do. THOUSANDS in our community still struggle with unemployment, food insecurity, housing, and health challenges. Many do not know where their next meal is coming from, or even how they will pay their rent or other bills. Even more are teetering on the edge without back-up savings. Kids are struggling with an unconventional school year. Adults are facing mental health challenges like anxiety and depression.

Many of the Americans who were already struggling before the pandemic—like low-wage workers, people of color, LGBTQA+ individuals, and those with disabilities—were hit harder than the rest.

Consider this:

These are our neighbors. And they cannot wait any longer for relief, for support, for equality, for the opportunity to live a healthy, thriving life.

This year has taught that we don’t live in the equal society we’ve always cherished. But we can make it so.

At United Way of the Ouachitas, we are working hard toward a new tomorrow for our community, one that offers:

  • Strong starts for children

  • Safe homes and warm meals

  • Greater equity

  • New career paths

  • Fresh starts

  • Opportunities for physical activity

  • Access to health care

  • Thriving families

We must build a better future for our community, one where every person has an equal opportunity to thrive.

Let’s not put off until tomorrow the work that we can start today. Respond to the New Year with hope, with possibility, with action.

Together, we can build a tomorrow that is better than yesterday. For every single one of us.

All we need to do is Start Today United.

Please visit for more information. 


# # #



Please see the attached Press Release on our GivingTuesday Campaign. Will you please help us spread the word?
With gratitude,