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Webinar Series - Preparing to Pivot coming soon

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United Way will be hosting a webinar series titled "Preparing to Pivot". The series will be guided by Liz Weaver, the Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute and developed in consultation with United Way and Every Kid In Our Communities of Leeds and Grenville. The webinar series (4 one hour sessions), will focus on considering what has just happened with the pandemic and how our community has responded and leveraged this experience to pivot forward. Spots are limited and are available initially to our community partners. If you'd like to attend and didn't receive an invitation please let us know, and we'll send you an email if spots are still available.

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Financial Literacy grant awarded

United Way Leeds & Grenville and the Brockville and Area Community Foundation have awarded a Financial Literacy grant through the Emergency Community Support Fund

Brockville, ON - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 — This week, United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) and the Brockville and Area Community Foundation (BACF) announced that it approved a grant of $68,300 to the Volunteer Centre – St. Lawrence-Rideau. This was funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The Volunteer Centre will add a financial literacy component to their very popular Income Tax Program for low income individuals & families across Leeds & Grenville. They will continue to leverage volunteers to support the effort. Low income residents will be educated about budgeting, emergency savings, credit cards, good vs bad loans, credit scores, identity theft and fraud. This will be an effort to empower vulnerable residents and to help them not become prey to higher cost forms of credit.

 “It’s great to see the United Way Leeds and Grenville & the Brockville and Area Community Foundation’ distributing funds throughout our community in a way that can maximize those dollars for the people on the ground. These have been trying times for our community but the way that people have stepped up and are going above and beyond for their neighbours is heartening. We owe our thanks to all the organizations and volunteers making this happen.” - MP Michael Barrett - Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

“Building on the success of our Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, the Volunteer Centre of St-Lawrence-Rideau is excited to be offering a new and strategic program focused on helping people to gain more confidence in dealing with financial matters.  The program will be delivered by trained volunteers focused on Financial Literacy and Empowerment leveraging the work of Prosper Canada.  

Thank you to the United Way of Leeds Grenville, Brockville and Area Community Foundation, our community partners and volunteers for your support with our grant through the Government of Canada Emergency Community Response Fund.” - Mary Lynn Villeneuve, Manager Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau 

For more information, please contact:

Trish Buote, Executive Director
United Way Leeds & Grenville
Office: 613-342-8889
Mobile: 613-246-1927
Email: trish.buote@uwlg.org

Erik Wang, Executive Director
Brockville and Area Community Foundation
Office: 613-498-9970
Email: info@yourcommunityfoundation.ca
Website:www.yourcommunityfoundation.ca

Photo Credit: United Way Leeds & Grenville

 

(l-r) Craig Fowler, Mary Lynn Villeneuve, Erik Wang, Trish Buote, Marlene Leonard, Catherine Durnford-Wang, MP Michael Barrett

 

(l-r) Mary Lynn Villeneuve, MP Michael Barrett

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We're hiring summer students!

Please see the job descriptions on our Employment Opportunities page.

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Annual Report now available

We've added our 2019 Annual Report and 2019 Audited Financial Statements to the website on our Resources & Publications page. 

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New Financial Relief Navigator offers Canadians one stop COVID-19 benefits and relief information

Access all the benefits and financial relief measures supporting Canadians in one, simple, easy to use location. The Financial Relief Navigator (FRN), is an English and French online tool providing a one-stop portal to help vulnerable Canadians access critical emergency benefits and financial relief from governments, financial institutions, telecoms and internet providers. While some other tools focus exclusively on emergency benefits, the FRN collectively pulls together relief measures from all of these entities. 
 

United Way Centraide Canada is proud to support the development of Prosper Canada’s Financial Relief Navigator alongside United Way Greater Toronto, TD Ready Commitment, Bridgeable, and Maple Leaf’s Feed Opportunity.

“One of the outcomes of COVID-19 is that so many more people, some for the first time in their lives, are wrestling with financial stress while, at the same time, the supports and services are constantly evolving,” said Dan Clement, President & CEO, United Way Centraide Canada. “The Financial Relief Navigator is an invaluable and easy to use tool that can help people in communities across the country navigate the financial benefits and supports available to them.”

#financialreliefnav

https://financialreliefnav.prospercanada.org/

For the full press release, please click here.

 

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Annual General Meeting to be held June 25th

This meeting will be held online. Please contact the office if you would like to attend and we will send you the link. (613) 342-8889.

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COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund is now closed

OCISO – Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

United Way Leeds & Grenville is committed to the most marginalized in our community and we recognize the increased risk and disadvantage that poverty creates.  United Way Centraide, with Employment & Social Development Canada (ESDC), established a COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund of which a portion was allocated to United Way Leeds & Grenville. This fund was designed to address the most pressing needs of seniors in the Leeds & Grenville Community (including rural & remote communities) and to support efforts to meet immediate and basic needs.  We've allocated the funds as follows:

If you are a non-profit in Leeds & Grenville looking for funding, we invite you to apply through our COVID-19 Relief Fund or the Emergency Community Support Fund. Please read the eligibility requirements before completing your applications.

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Visit our Get Help page for a list of resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Get Help page is a handy list of resources to help you navigate COVID-19. Today we've added some new mental health resources. If you haven't visited our page, check it out! https://uwlg.org/get-help.php

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Emergency Community Support Fund now open!

United Way Leeds & Grenville to award grants through the Emergency Community Support Fund

Brockville, ON - Tuesday, May 19, 2020 — Today, United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) announced that it will provide $298,000 in grants to local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of a new partnership with Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

UWLG is pleased to support this important investment by the Federal Government and applauds the government’s move to support our country’s most vulnerable people.

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“United Way Leeds & Grenville is well positioned to help distribute funds in our communities. From the early days of this pandemic, we have kept a pulse on urgent and emerging needs through close and frequent communication with our supported agencies, community advisory tables, key stakeholders and municipalities.” says UWLG Executive Director Trish Buote. “If anything is clear in these uncertain times, it is that we are stronger together. We will continue to work with partners to aid in the ongoing support of our community, and to ensure that vulnerable populations are not left behind.”

United Way Leeds & Grenville is accepting funding applications for the ECSF starting May 19, 2020. The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including 1) community outreach and engagement; 2) delivering or developing new models, tools, programming, services or resources; 3) disseminating information and knowledge; 4) Volunteer engagement and recruitment; and more. Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020. Charities and community organizations are invited to the visit United Way Leeds & Grenville’s website for eligibility, application details and FAQ’s. Link: https://uwlg.org/emergency-community-response-fund.php

 

About United Way Leeds & Grenville:

United Way Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) is a non-profit agency that supports over 20 local partner agencies in the community. Its mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. UWLG is dedicated to bringing people together to build vibrant and caring communities. For more information,

please visit www.uwlg.org.

 

For more information, please contact:

Trish Buote, Executive Director
United Way Leeds & Grenville
Office: 613-342-8889
Mobile: 613-246-1927
Email: trish.buote@uwlg.org
Website: uwlg.org

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Fund update

COVID-19 FUND - DOLLARS AT WORK

United Way Leeds & Grenville COVID-19 Community Relief Fund was established to support vulnerable populations at greatest risk including the elderly, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be impacted by this public health crisis.

100% of all donations received through the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will be put back into our community.

As this is an evolving situation, we continue to work diligently with our community partners to continue monitoring and responding to community needs as they emerge.

“These are challenging times for all, including our agencies and their clients and stakeholders. It is truly a privilege to work with such compassionate partners and agencies, working together to serve our most vulnerable.

A very special thank you to those who contributed with their heart to support family members, neighbours, friends and those you have never met who need a lift up during this trying time.

We’re focused on the future and we’re going to keep working hard to protect the most vulnerable people in our community.

Please stay safe and healthy!”

Trish Buote
Executive Director
United Way Leeds & Grenville

Visit https://uwlg.org/covid-fund-your-dollars-at-work.php to see the full update, including all of the grants that have been given out thus far.

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COVID-19 Fund update

COVID-19 FUND - DOLLARS AT WORK

United Way Leeds & Grenville COVID-19 Community Relief Fund was established to support vulnerable populations at greatest risk including the elderly, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be impacted by this public health crisis.

100% of all donations received through the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will be put back into our community.

As this is an evolving situation, we continue to work diligently with our community partners to continue monitoring and responding to community needs as they emerge.

“These are challenging times for all, including our agencies and their clients and stakeholders. It is truly a privilege to work with such compassionate partners and agencies, working together to serve our most vulnerable.

A very special thank you to those who contributed with their heart to support family members, neighbours, friends and those you have never met who need a lift up during this trying time.

We’re focused on the future and we’re going to keep working hard to protect the most vulnerable people in our community.

Please stay safe and healthy!”

Trish Buote
Executive Director
United Way Leeds & Grenville

Visit https://uwlg.org/covid-fund-your-dollars-at-work.php to see the full update, including all of the grants that have been given out thus far.

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Today is Giving Tuesday Now

#GIvingTuesdayNow. A global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Join the movement by showing your support for those in our community who have come together. 

Please consider donating to our COVID-19 relief fund here: https://uwlg.org/covid19.php

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