Sonia has always been outgoing and she generally has an upbeat disposition -- but she doesn’t mince words. When asked why she reached out to the Aloha United Way 211 helpline, she was very clear. She needed to know about rent and utility relief programs because her job as a server was discontinued due to COVID-19.

"I am so thankful that AUW has helped me with rental assistance,” she said. “I don’t have to worry about being evicted right now and I can almost forget there’s a pandemic if I don’t go outside. I wish others didn’t have to worry either."

Does Sonia think AUW’s 211 can continue to make a difference in the COVID-era? “Absolutely. People don’t realize how much 211 can help. Information about rental help, food banks, even shelters for some people. And there’s no shame in reaching out. Everyone needs help sometimes…"

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