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3 Ways Your Family Can Help a Vulnerable Family During COVID-19

3 Ways Your Family Can Help A Vulnerable Family During COVID-19

Your family can help an Orange County family at risk of homelessness due to income reduction caused by the current health crisis through our OC Family to Family Campaign.  

For every $500 donated, one vulnerable family will receive a $500 emergency debit card to help with rent and food. By donating, your family will have a direct impact on keeping a family housed. 

To give your family’s donation an even bigger impact, The Lyons-Smith Family Foundation is generously providing a dollar-for-dollar match during this campaign, up to $500,000! If you donate $5, your donation will become $10. If you donate $500, your donation will become $1,000 and so forth.

If you have children, the OC Family to Family Campaign provides an opportunity to teach them about the importance of helping others in times of need or can provide an opportunity to reinforce your family’s values of giving back. 

So if your family would like to help another family, here are three things you can do:

Spread the Word on Social Media

Your family can participate in the campaign by taking a photo together and sharing why this campaign is important to your family. 

  • Sample Caption (general): Our family is supporting Orange County United Way’s OC Family to Family campaign to help prevent the homelessness of local families. Learn more about this campaign at gofundme.com/f/oc-family-to-family-campaign. #OCFamily2Family
  • Sample Caption (donated): Our family donated to Orange County United Ways’s OC Family to Family campaign to help a struggling family remain housed during COVID-19. Your family can help too. Visit gofundme.com/f/oc-family-to-family-campaign to learn more. #OCFamily2Family
  • Bonus Idea: Get creative with your children and have them draw or write something that symbolizes a family helping another family. Have your children display their drawings in the photo(s) or videos you share.

Donate Today

If you are ready to take action and directly help another family, click here to donate.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser

Inspire your extended family and friends to join you in raising $500 to collectively help an Orange County family. Creating a Facebook Fundraiser is a great way to do this! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create one: 


Step 1: From a desktop computer, go to https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayOC/ and click ‘Fundraisers.’

Create a Facebook Fundraiser - Step 1


Step 2
: Click the ‘Raise Money’ button.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser - Step 2


Step 3: Enter your fundraising amount and the end date, and then click “Next”. 

NOTE: We recommend a two week fundraising period.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser - Step 3


Step 4: Customize the “Tell Your Story” section (recommendation below), and click ‘Next’.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser - Step 4

Tip: Copy and paste the text below. You can customize it to make it personal from your family

Join us in helping a local family that has been affected by the current COVID-19 health crisis and is at-risk of homelessness. 

Our family’s goal is to raise $500 so that we can collectively help a family remain housed. We can do this with YOUR help! 100% of the money we raise will go toward providing a family with a $500 emergency debit card to help with rent and food. 

So if we raise the full $500, we will directly prevent the homelessness of one family. If you’d like to join our family in helping a vulnerable family, donate today. Any amount will help!

BONUS: The Lyons-Smith Family Foundation is providing a dollar for dollar match during this campaign, up to $500,000! So if we raise $500 while the match is available, our collective donation will help TWO vulnerable families. #DoingMore4OC #OCFamily2Family


Step 5: Click the “Create” button to create your OC Family to Family Facebook Fundraiser

Create a Facebook Fundraiser - Step 5


Step 6: Click the ‘Get Started’ button to invite your friends and share a post about it.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser - Step 6

Create a Facebook Fundraiser - Step 6.2

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