United Way of Bruce Grey Invests in The Community Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

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For immediate release: United Way of Bruce Grey invests in the community response to Covid-19 Pandemic

 

United Way invests in Covid-19 community response, Owen Sound Ontario July 27th 2020

 

United Way Bruce Grey recently accepted funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provided financial support to charities and other qualified donees to adapt their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

 

The United Way received $446 378.12 in grant requests, and was able to fund $390 000 of that request.

United Way Bruce Grey is proud to support this important investment of $390 000 into our local communities.

 

Organizations receiving funding:

 

$4 500 – Home and Community Support Services – Virtual Day Away program – supporting technology to enable clients to participate in online programming

$5 434.17 – Canadian Mental Health Association – Fresh Roots Kitchen capacity enhancement and client safety screening equipment

$5 795 – The Meeting Place Tobermory – Community Information & Resource Co-ordination

$6 000 – Community Living Kincardine - Technology to Enhance Online Support for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

$7 250 – Parkinson Society - Sustaining Client Support for those afflicted with Parkinson's Disease

$7 500 - Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library - Provide technology access via handheld tablets and chrome-books for those in need.

$10 000 - Victim Services Grey Bruce - Virtual Volunteer Training and Project Lifesaver Bruce Peninsula

$11 500 – Harmony Centre & Grey Bruce Community Garden Network – enhance food security through community gardens

$12 320 – Chelsey Baptist Church - Break Bread Community Take-Out Meal – supporting hot meals out into the community

$13 500 - The Salvation Army Wiarton - Increasing storage capacity and securing sanitation

$15 000 – YMCA – Day Camp Subsidy for Working Families – provide a weekly $120 subsidy for working parents whose children can attend the YMCA’s Day Camp in Owen Sound

$15 000 – Big Brothers Big Sisters Kincardine - Virtual Group Mentoring Program and Activity Kits

$16 000 - Saint Aidan's Episcopal Catholic Church – Frozen meal program

$16 012 - Ledge Leadership - Pathways to Resilience: Fostering Positive Youth Identities and Connection in Times of Uncertainty & Disruption

$20 000 - Canadian Mental Health Association – Site improvements for Union Place, programming tools to support new methods of programming

$30 000 - Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living - Field to Table Program

$33 510.64 to Safe n Sound – The Covid-19 Wellness Comeback: Supporting homeless and at risk of homeless people in the community have greater access to programs and supports

$35 454.42 - Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce - In-Home Social Recreation

$54 482.84 to the Reach Program – REACHing Past Covid: Supporting clients/caregivers through virtual programming through the use of tablets and internet access.

$69 498 – Habitat for Humanity – Support building 2 homes at Neyaashiinigmiing

 

“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so they can continue to help those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.” - The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“COVID-19 has introduced new obstacles and challenges we have never faced before. The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) will improve the capacity for these charities to continue to provide much needed resources and support to many residents of Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound. Thank you to all the organizations and charities in the riding that provide vital services and assistance, your contributions do not go unnoticed."  Alex Ruff MP Bruce Grey Owen Sound

Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director, United Way of Bruce Grey says, "Our local charities have been responding to the pandemic to the best of their ability stretching beyond their standard capacity as they rise to the challenge of meeting local needs. We are thrilled to be able to further support them and enhance their capacity with these additional dollars."

 

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About United Way of Bruce Grey

The United Way of Bruce Grey is a community-based autonomous organization which is dedicated to moving people from poverty to possibility, building strong, inclusive communities and helping children be all that they can be.  We are committed to serving our vulnerable populations through our front line programs (Utility Assistance, Financial Literacy and Backpack Program) and by supporting like-minded local agencies which have specialized expertise with seniors, the hungry and the homeless, at risk youth, support for abused women, mental health support and more.  By combining strengths, our goal is to create opportunities for a better life for everyone throughout Bruce and Grey Counties.

 

Media Contacts:

Francesca Dobbyn – United Way Bruce Grey Executive Director 519-376-1560

To speak to the agency of your choice, you can find their contact information via www.informationbrucegrey.ca

 

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