WRAL-TV, CBC Properties Host Virtual Telethon to Support United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Rapid Response Fund
The Rapid Response Fund was launched on March 16 to provide emergency funding to Triangle-area nonprofits supporting residents with critical resources during the COVID-19 crisis.
Raleigh, NC — Thursday, April 2, 2020 — WRAL-TV and other Capitol Broadcasting Company properties are partnering with United Way of the Greater Triangle on a virtual telethon today to support the nonprofit organization’s Rapid Response Fund. The Fund is dedicated to supporting local nonprofits providing critical resources including food, hygiene supplies, childcare, and housing support for residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can tune in to WRAL News beginning at 4:30 a.m. for information on ways to support. More than 50 volunteers will be available starting at 12:00 p.m. to help callers make donations via phone. 100% of the funds raised will be dispersed throughout the community.
“WRAL has been here for Triangle residents for more than 60 years. We’ve been excited to celebrate during great achievements and there to support when times are tough,” said WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Joel Davis. “This COVID-19 crisis is no exception. It’s affecting all corners of our community and we’re proud to step up in support.”
How to donate:
- Call: More than 50 United Way volunteers will be available Noon – 8 p.m. to help callers make donations via phone
- Online: Visit WRAL.com and search “Here to Help”
- Text to Give: Text RAPID to 919-860-1015
- Social: Visit the WRAL TV facebook page on April 2 to donate
- Mail: Send checks payable to United Way of the Greater Triangle and include “Rapid Response Fund” in the memo section: PO Box 110583 Durham, NC 27709-0962
“Through our annual workplace campaigns, we’ve seen that Greater Triangle residents are generous in supporting those in need year-round. But it’s during crises like the current COVID-19 pandemic that we truly see this generosity shine,” said Eric Guckian, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “Prior to this crisis, more than 200,000 people in the Triangle were experiencing poverty and we expect that number to increase significantly. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re proud to join WRAL for this virtual telethon. Every donation makes a difference.”
United Way of the Greater Triangle launched the Rapid Response Fund on Monday, March 16. The organization is currently taking applications for funding from Greater Triangle nonprofits offering critical resources as described above. To learn more about funding opportunities, click here.