VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - To help those impacted by the pandemic, Veterans United Foundation is donating $1 million to various organizations and individuals around the country.
Some of that money will be going to people right here in Hampton Roads.
It’ll be used to buy critical supplies for healthcare workers as well as basic needs, like food and shelter.
They’ve already started distributing some of the money. Samaritan House was one of the first organizations to receive a donation.
"I know as the need for 'stay at home' orders started to come up, working with the unsheltered population is an additional challenge. Obviously already they had a distinct need before but even more now with the 'stay at home' orders," said Erik Morse, Associate Director of People Services for Veterans United.
The foundation is the philanthropic branch of Veterans United Home Loans and is funded entirely by employees.
"For our employees to know that we have a foundation that is doing that on their behalf, helping them find some of the places where they can give back and contribute, and then that we are working to amplify their voice and their hearts, it feels good for us certainly, but it also feels good to over 3,000 employees that are part of it," said Morse.
There's no specific eligibility requirements other than living in the Virginia Beach area and needing help with something related to the pandemic.