Global Giving Tuesday

Nurses. Doctors. Grocery store employees. Delivery drivers. Warehouse workers. First responders. Truck drivers. Cleaners. There are so many people who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. They continue to help keep our community safe and the world running. To honor and celebrate their ongoing sacrifice, let’s say thank you!

May 5: Say Thank You

Join United Way Trinidad and Tobago on May 5 as part of our National Time of Caring when we rally the entire community to say thank you to the essential workers who have tirelessly and bravely continued to do their jobs. Our effort will be one part of a bigger day of giving and unity called #GivingTuesdayNow.

As an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we are joining nonprofits and individual people around the world in a special #GivingTuesdayNow event. On May 5 people around the world will take action to collectively drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

We want to show the world that United Way Trinidad and Tobago is United for frontline workers!

Ways to Say Thank You

There are many ways to say thank you. Below are some ideas our staff put together. Choose one – or more – so frontline workers can know how much our community appreciates them! If you have other ideas let us know by emailing unitedway@uwtt.com and we will add them to the list.

1. Make a sign for your window or front yard

Make someone’s commute to work brighter by posting a sign in your window or front yard telling frontline workers how much they mean to our community. This is a great project for kids!

2. Be kind

Essential workers who are keeping grocery, convenience and pharmacy stores open see large groups of people every day. When you must shop at one of these stores, be respectful of the people working there. Tell them thank you, wear a protective mask, keep your distance from employees and be kind to team members and other customers. These small acts can help workers feel appreciated and safer at their jobs.

3. Share a message on social media

As we all keep our physical distance, connecting online has become even more important. Using social media is a great way to thank frontline workers. You can tag people you know or send a general message using the hashtags #FrontlineLove, #FrontlineHeroes, #COVIDHeroes or #AloneTogether #DareToCareTT #PhysicalDistancing #ShareTheCareTT. On May 5, you can also reshare posts from our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn channels.

4. Leave items for delivery workers

Delivery workers are putting in long hours and many find it hard to get to the store. Help them by leaving items such as water bottles, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, snacks and other essentials that will get them through their day or save them a trip to the store. Remember to sanitize the items as best as you can and leave instructions so the delivery people do the same.

5. Join a daily salute

Across the world, many communities are now doing a daily salute to frontline workers by lighting candles, applauding, cheering, howling or sounding horns at a certain time of day. Check neighborhood Facebook groups, posts on Next Door and local newspapers to find one that is happening in your neighborhood.

6. Donate to the UWTT Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund

The UWTT COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) will not only be used to support our frontline/essential workers, but also NGO’s, Primary schools and Lower Income groups who have been affected by this pandemic. To donate you can text the word GIVE to HELP (4357) from their bmobile phones or visit  http://uwtt.com/time-of-caring/response-recovery-fund/ to find out how to give directly through any of our major local banks.

7. Stay at home and if not Practice Physical Distancing

The most important thing you can do to thank frontline workers is to stay home and/or practice physical distancing. When we all stay home and physical distance, we limit the spread of COVID-19. So limit outings to essential trips to the grocery store, medical appointments, picking up prescriptions, walking pets and helping the vulnerable. When outside, use social distancing to stay at least six feet away from others.

Even though we are apart, we can still be United. Let’s show frontline workers that we are in this together!

bmobile Partners with United Way for Text to Donate National COVID-19 Relief Effort

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – April 20, 2020

bmobile has partnered with the United Way Trinidad and Tobago (UWTT) to assist the local NGO in its national COVID-19 relief effort.

A COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was formed by UWTT to provide support to persons and local communities most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  bmobile has sponsored the free use of its text-to-donate service to facilitate the UWTT’s fund-raising efforts.  The Company was also the first corporate citizen to contribute to the fund with a donation of $20,000 to kick start the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.  Members of the public can contribute to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund by texting the word GIVE to HELP (4357) from their bmobile phones.  Each text will donate $5.00.

Dr. Ronald Walcott, TSTT’s Chief Executive Officer shared that bmobile has partnered with UWTT over eight years as part of its National Day of Caring, as well as with other regional and national relief initiatives for disasters such as the catastrophic Hurricane Irma in 2017 which impacted our Caribbean neighbours and the devastating floods in 2018.  “bmobile supports the UWTT’s national relief efforts every year because we believe that it is our duty as the national provider, to give back to Trinidad and Tobago.  We are pleased to be a partner once again in this very important national relief effort and to help mitigate the financial and other difficulties that persons are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will continue to support Trinidad and Tobago in whatever way we can to ensure that the vulnerable and underserved in our country is not forgotten during this time.”

Linda Ramsumir, UWTT’s NGO Relations Manager explained that due to the social distancing and stay-at-home measures in place, their annual National Day of Caring has been replaced with the UWTT National Time of Caring 2020 and the UWTT COVID 19 Recovery and Response Fund is part of the 2020 initiative.  “United Way TT is a national NGO working to transform lives by mobilizing finances, people and physical resources. We partner with other nonprofit organizations to reach communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago who are most in need.”

Dr. Jennifer Sancho, UWTT’s Chief Executive Officer stated “This crisis will have its toll.  More than ever, we need to work together as a country to beat the COVID- 19 outbreak and to recover as equitably as possible.  The UWTT COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund will enable us to respond to the gaps in the national response as the situation develops and support the important recovery work that comes after.  Every contribution counts and while this crisis is affecting us all, we are seeing throughout the world how this is disproportionately affecting the more vulnerable.  The time for action is now and UWTT offers a cost effective means to pool in one fund to help take action to scale.”

Ramsumir added “A lot of people want to help in the national COVID-19 effort but may not know how.  This is a way that people can help by staying at home and still providing assistance to those who desperately need it.  As small as $5.00 may seem, it can make a huge impact if everyone donates $5.00.”  The vulnerable groups to be assisted by the UWTT National Time of Caring and the UWTT COVID 19 Recovery and Response Fund include the elderly, the recently unemployed; persons living with disabilities; frontline workers; NGOs; and school communities.

Dr. Sancho noted that this COVID-19 text to donate campaign is the third campaign on which bmobile and UWTT have worked together.  “We thank bmobile for their sponsorship and for the trust and understanding in what UWTT is aiming to do.  People can stay safe, stay at home, save lives and text the word GIVE to HELP (4357) from their bmobile phones to make a difference and help those most in need.  UWTT is aligned to bmobile in our beliefs that “Together we are stronger and together we can.”  Dr. Sancho also thanked the public in advance for their support and said “Trinidadians and Tobagonians are generous people who will understand the need is now to rally around each other.”

Trinbagonians can support United Way’s National COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund by texting GIVE to HELP (4357) from their bmobile mobile phones.

National Communications provider, bmobile, is supporting UWTT’s National COVID-19 efforts by providing free use of its text-to-donate service and donating $20,000 toward the fund. 

 

Donate to UWTT COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

 

The UWTT COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) is part of the UWTT National Time of Caring Response to support the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak and the recovery of those communities most affected by the outbreak.  UWTT is seeding the CRRF with $50,000 by reallocating from our operating expenses to this priority need.  Please join us in this fight, every donation counts.

For the month of April 2020, all funds donated from the general public to our bank accounts will go the CRRF.  In keeping the ‘Stay at Home’ order, you can do this by donating online to any one of our bank accounts listed below, to minimize any related transaction costs to you or the Fund.

  • First Citizens – #1367844
  • RBC Royal Bank – #100088110396955
  • Republic Bank – #180473293901
  • Scotiabank – #74815000170637

UWTT is a registered Non Profit Company since 1999 with charitable status.

UWTT will not be charging any administrative costs on the CRRF and will report on funds raised on our website on a weekly basis.  We are working with other Non Profit Partners to develop ways to reach the most vulnerable and support projects related to the COVID 19 Response.  Some of these include:

  • Health Workers-  Food and Meal Support
  • NGOs- ensuring access to small grants for continued operations
  • School Communities- funding essential projects
  • Persons affected by the COVID 19 outbreak – elderly, loss of work, persons with disabilities
  • Community Heroes Daring to Make a Difference

National Time of Caring 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT OF UNITED WAY TT NATIONAL TIME OF CARING 2020 AND THE COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY FUND

The United Way Trinidad and Tobago (UWTT) is launching the UWTT National Time of Caring 2020 (NTOC) and the UWTT COVID 19 Recovery and Response Fund (CRRF) as our 2020 initiatives to support our communities to raise the conversation to one of Caring and Hope and get through these uncertain times.

Our strong message is that, more than ever, we need to work together as a country to beat the COVID- 19 outbreak and to recover as equitably as possible – this crisis will have its toll.  Your continued support to our ability to serve vulnerable communities remains as important as ever.

The UWTT COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) will enable us to respond to the gaps in the national response as the situation develops, and as with other Crisis Funds we have managed, aims at also supporting the recovery work that comes after.    Every contribution counts as this crisis is affecting us all, pooling in one fund will help takes action to scale.

In keeping with National Policy on social distancing, we will build on our 6 years of working on the UWTT National Day of Caring (NDOC) volunteer event, as we cannot think of a more fitting social media platform than our social impact messaging #daretocareTT and #sharethecareTT, launched last year, to support collective action over the next few months into recovery.

We believe that we can work together to make a difference, and the challenge will be how we can do that safely and responsibly from wherever we are.  Already, there are many examples of communities helping communities, people finding creative ways to virtually communicate and support each other within the new social norms.

We thank you again for your continued support and partnership, through your donations, volunteerism and advocacy, and look forward to working with you in helping our nation in these uncertain times to continue to Dare to Care and to LIVE UNITED.

 

Executive Committee of UWTT

Ian Benjamin                  Board Chair
Vincent Pereira               Board Deputy Chair
Ian Welch Chair, Donations and Marketing Committee
Wayne Moze Chair, Allocations and NGO Committee