United Way of Bruce Grey invests in the community response in 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 6th, 2020

United Way Bruce Grey is accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting 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.

United Way Bruce Grey is proud to support the important investment of $92 493.48 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

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

$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

$33 50.64 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

$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.”

 

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