For Immediate Release
20 April 2020
United Way of Indian River County announced an Indian River County COVID-19 Community Response Fund for local programs that are serving local vulnerable populations during the current pandemic. Upward American Veterans (UAV), a program of the Veterans Council of Indian River County (VCIRC), has been awarded 2 $15,000 grants from the United Way of Indian River County to help off-set financial and economic consequences of this health crisis for 25,000 local veterans and families. After the response for help needed in our community after receiving the first grant, they awarded the VCIRC with a second grant to be able to continue helping local veterans in need. The United Way of Indian River County is a locally governed and managed non-profit organization that collaborates with local businesses, government, and non-profits to meet the most pressing social service issues in Indian River County, large and small.
With more than 3,000 Indian River County veterans living at the poverty level or below, the demand for the Upward American Veterans program continues to grow. Funding in support of the Upward American Veterans program will provide emergency basic living expenses to honorably discharged United States military veterans and their families in need. This program steps in when other sources of support are not available. UAV assists with urgent needs such as utility bills, rent, medical expenses or groceries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the VCIRC program is in need of support more than ever.
“The Veterans Council of Indian River County is incredibly thankful to the United Way of Indian River County for consistently supporting our veteran community through their grant funding” says VCIRC Chairman, Martin Zickert, “our local veterans’ lives will be directly impacted by the funds the United Way has granted us.”
Mission of Veterans Council of Indian River County:
Our Mission is to support all Indian River County veterans and their families while raising awareness of veteran needs and their contributions to society.
For more information about the Veterans Council of Indian River County and the UAV program, visit http://helpIRCvets.org or call (772) 410-5820.