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United Way COVID-19 Fund has helped tens of thousands of southern Arizonans

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 6:17 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has raised more than $1.35 million dollars to help people impacted by the pandemic.

Miranda Borquez was hospitalized for several months after getting COVID last summer. During that time she couldn’t work her job at La Frontera a behavioral health center in Tucson. It eventually led to an eviction.

“Unfortunately, no matter how much I was communicating with my landlords, and I was making payments. It didn’t matter,” said Miranda Borquez, a United Way COVID-19 fund recipient.

Her situation became more complicated when she found out she was pregnant.

“I didn’t have a set place. Basically, in and out of motels. It was pretty rough, but I didn’t lose faith. Me being very honest with my supervisor here they informed me of a program that La Frontera had,” she said.

La Frontera is one of more than 30 partner agencies of the United Way that is helping distribute money from their COVID-19 Fund. Tens of thousands of families in southern Arizona have benefitted.

“There are 70,000 plus stories just like Mirandas,” said Tony Penn, the president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

He said the fund is being used for food, diapers, utilities and keeping a roof over people’s heads. Borquez qualified for assistance and was able to get an apartment.

“Now I do have my own place,” she said. “Me and my family are settled in and I can’t wait for our little girl to be here in July.”

The United Way is continuing to collect money and distribute it to those impacted by the pandemic. You can learn more about donating or applying, here.

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