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COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund is now closed

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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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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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Giving Tuesday Now is May 5th

Next Tuesday is #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.

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COVID-19 Response fund update from Trish Buote

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COVID-19 Update from United Way Leeds & Grenville Executive Director, Trish Buote:

"It is so wonderful to work with agencies who do so much on the front line to help our most vulnerable. These agencies go above and beyond to provide compassionate and caring programs every single day! Over the past two weeks we have been able to support agencies like Connect Youth, LLG Addictions & Mental Health, Community & Primary Health Care (CPHC), Interval House, Girls Inc., Beth Donovan Hospice, Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, and the Food For All – South Grenville Food Bank, all of whom are working so hard to make sure people in the community are served.

Thanks to donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund, we've helped with outreach services/counselling, cleaning and sanitization, food, meals, technology to help reduce isolation in children/youth/seniors and transportation for groceries and medical appointments. Thank you to the donors who have made this possible - showing what #locallove in a Global Crisis looks like."

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Thank you Trillium Health Care Products

Trillium Health Care Products donated 3 large bottles of hand sanitizer to United Way Leeds & Grenville to distribute to some front line agencies. We've split the sanitizer into smaller bottles to try to help as many people as possible.  We've donated bottles to Connect Youth, The Leeds & Grenville Community Family Health Team, Victim Services and Developmental Services so far. Thank you to Trillium for this generous donation.

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The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau is resuming their income tax program on April 8th.

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Federal government joins United Ways across Canada in helping vulnerable seniors

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On behalf of United Way Leeds & Grenville, I would like to thank the federal government for announcing funding to United Way Centraide Canada to support vulnerable seniors during the COVID-19 crisis. This means so much at this trying time.

This is an important announcement as it represents a recognition of the impact that the global COVID-19 crisis has had on charitable organizations serving the most vulnerable populations across Canada. We are also heartened by the signal that more investments like this will come. As our communities grapple with the effects of COVID-19, we welcome the opportunity to further our collaboration with the federal government to serve vulnerable Canadians during this pandemic and through our collective recovery afterwards.

Isolated seniors are one of the most vulnerable populations even before the context of a global pandemic. Seniors normally rely on community day-programming where they can socialize with others, participate in physical activity, eat well and maintain a connection to their community.

We also know that seniors are most at risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19, and day programs have had to close their doors, leaving seniors across our entire region isolated and disconnected. Stuck in their homes, they are afraid for what might happen to them. They are worried about being unable to do anything about it. They feel alone.

The March 29th investment from the federal government will help us ensure local seniors are not left behind during COVID-19.

There is so much more to be done.

United Way Leeds & Grenville is committed to the most marginalized in our community and we recognize the increased risk and disadvantage that poverty creates.

We support homeless youth, people living in poverty, isolated seniors and many others who are now at even higher risk of poor outcomes due to COVID-19. Now, we are seeing even more people who are in need because of isolation, mental health challenges, violence at home they can’t escape, or inability to prepare for and maintain self-isolation under their financial circumstances.

We’re responding as best we can by partnering with local agencies, municipalities, public health authorities and generous donors. Together, we are working to uncover the greatest needs in the community, and organize our resources together to achieve the greatest impact – to help the most vulnerable, who are depending on us.

United Way Centraide Canada and others, have also been calling on the federal government to create a Community Response Fund to support vulnerable Canadians, and a sector stabilization program to ensure the charities Canadians depend on can survive the current crisis and serve Canadians today, and in the months and years to come.

We are hopeful this much-needed help will arrive in the coming days.

We know residents are struggling at increasing rates with their mental health, many have unmet basic needs, and community agencies and volunteers need support to keep their services running. These are critical areas that would benefit from further federal funding so no one gets left behind. 

During Sunday’s announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also called on Canadians with the means to do so, to continue donating to the charities that resonate with you.

We need your help, too, in these unprecedented times.

United Way Leeds & Grenville has established a COVID-19 Relief Funds to help your friends, family and neighbours at this trying time. Please consider donating what you can – every dollar counts!

 

Trish Buote
Executive Director
United Way Leeds & Grenville

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