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United Way helps near 20,000 people struggling during pandemic in North Alabama

We've seen record numbers of people out of work. United Way tells us how they’re helping those battling unemployment during the pandemic, and how they can help you.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —

During the pandemic, record numbers of people have struggled with unemployment. Here in Alabama, we felt the hit. United Way of Madison County workers are doing what they can to help. 

The State’s unemployment rate was 12.9 percent in April this year. During the same time in 2019, it was 3.2 percent. 

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Locals have found it tough to pay for essentials, including rent. Governor Ivey did have a halt on all evictions, to help those struggling. But, that hold has since expired.  United Way of Madison County has been able to help. Not just with rent, but essentials, medication bills and transportation for those in need. And the numbers are impressive. 

We spoke to Cathy Miller, the Community Impact Director with United Way of Madison County. Miller tells us, “We’ve raised 140,000 dollars. And 125,000 of that is already out in the community. By the end of June, we will have helped 20,000 people.” 

If you need emergency assistance paying rent or other expenses during this time for your household, remember to call United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline for resources. 

You can be put in contact with local organizations that may be able to help. You have to qualify for assistance. 

For more information, click here to visit United Way of Madison County's website. 

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