COVID-19 Updates and Announcements

Although the United Way of Frederick County office is closed to visitors at this time due to COVID-19, we continue to fight for the health, education, & financial stability of all Frederick households.

The United Way of Frederick County Team is working remotely part-time. If you need immediate assistance, please call our office at 301-663-4231 or via email. 

United Way is working with nonprofit partners and the government to assess needs and develop actions supporting our community’s most vulnerable families and individuals. IF YOU HAVE A CRITICAL NEED, DIAL 2-1-1or find services online or access online chat at or TEXT YOUR ZIP CODE TO 898-211 for assistance by text message.

We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook to see latest updates, community resources and other announcements. 


Tax Update
If you're income is below $56,000 a year and you're having difficulties doing your taxes online, help is available!  In 2022, the VITA Office is reopening and dedicated volunteers are here to help answer your questions about doing your taxes online.  Call 2-1-1, (or 866-411-6803), they will take your contact info and one of our IRS Certified Tax Preparers will contact you within 48 hrs. It's that easy! Click here for 2022 VITA Tax Prep information.

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities and Needed Supplies

To view COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities and needed supplies in our community, please visit

Untied Way of Frederick County has been working closely with the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism to ensure safe volunteering in our community. PLEASE SEE CLARIFICATION REGARDING THE GOVERNOR HOGAN'S STAY-AT-HOME DIRECTIVE AS IT RELATES TO "ON-SITE" VOLUNTEERISM. (VIEW DOCUMENT HERE)


Dear Community Partners, 
Following up on the successful launch of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign for Frederick County we wanted to make sure you have details on how to apply for grants from this fund. 
As you know, we have worked with local funders including the Community Foundation of Frederick County, Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women's Giving Circle and others to maximize the impact of this effort. 
To simplify the process for seeking funding and to increase efficiencies for local nonprofits we have created a common application to use that is being hosted on The Community Foundation's online grant portal. 
See links below to get started on your application. United Way will have access to your application to be able to make distribution decisions for funds raised by the Campaign. You may have received information about this application from other funders. If so, you do not need to apply more than once. We will be able to review what you have submitted. 
Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis over the next few weeks. The first phase of funding has a deadline of Friday, April 3 to apply, but we urge you to apply as soon as possible
We have committed to running the campaign as long as we are facing these uncertain times due to COVID-19 so we expect there to be multiple rounds of funding. 
Please contact Malcolm Furgol ( or 240-578-4007) if you have any questions. Thank you for all that you do for our community. 
Link to login to apply:
Link to preview application before applying:

The economic fallout from Coronavirus is causing significant hardship for many Frederick County families. 39% of households in Frederick County already struggled to afford basic households. Today, many of these families, known as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), face an even more uncertain future.
The donations will be used to support nonprofits who directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Programmatic impacts may include, but are not limited to, emergency shelter, financial stability programs, transportation needs, prescriptions and medical supplies, food and food supplies for seniors, and suicide prevention and other mental health services.
If you need to find where you can go for assistance of any kind, please call 2-1-1.
We are excited that $26,000 of this campaign will be matched DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR thanks to gifts from the Laughlin Family Foundation and Michael and Betsy Day.
To ensure maximum impact, the funding community (United Way of Frederick County, Ausherman Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Frederick County, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation and others) is banding together to ensure that dollars are distributed appropriately throughout the community.
United Way of Frederick County will waive all processing fees and 100% of your donation will go to those most in need.
Thank you so much to The Frederick News-Post l and Manning Media for helping us get the word out about the campaign. We are so grateful at your support of our beloved hometown.




Individuals will now have until August 14 to complete the 2020 Census. For more information and adjusted timelines for the 2020 Census, click here.

UPDATED 3/20/2020

Important Announcement Regarding Free Income Tax Prep (VITA) AND TAX DEADLINES
After the Governor’s recent announcements in response to COVID-19, we will be shutting down all free income tax prep (VITA) appointments, effective immediately, until further notice.
We will not be taking new appointments at this time.
Please note that he IRS has extended the deadline to file and pay taxes to July 15. 

You may utilize (Free for W2 only tax returns) or visit for free 3/17/2020



Important Statment Released by UWFC CEO, Ken Oldham
Now more than ever, the Frederick County community needs to uphold its reputation as a community that cares. We are all fighting the coronavirus and trying to protect the health of our families, our businesses and our community. As we look ahead, we must also focus our attention on those individuals and families who no longer have jobs or have reduced work hours. These are the people who greet us with a smile in restaurants, keep us healthy at the gym, watch our children, and make our lives better in so many ways. Today they face an uncertain future and our support systems and generosity will be put to the test.
We at United Way remain optimistic about the extraordinarily caring community that is Frederick County. United Way and our many partners are working on ways that we can support our most vulnerable neighbors. Please stay tuned. We will have more information about how you can join the effort.

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