Community Investments 2020-21

United Way Elgin Middlesex invests our available resources in smart, strategic ways to move the needle for the most vulnerable people in our communities. Our expert volunteers evaluate and make recommendations to fund programs, collaborations and initiatives that create measurable, lasting change.

Community Fund

Agency

Program

Description

Communities served

Across Languages Translation and Interpretation Service

Community interpreter access program

Interpretation services for people in our community with little or no English language skills.

Middlesex & London

Anova

Counselling services

Counselling for women who have experienced sexual violence.

Middlesex & London

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of London & Area

Community-based mentoring

One on one mentoring with a screened, trained adult volunteer for children and youth identified as at-risk.

Middlesex & London

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St Thomas Elgin

Community-based mentoring

In-school mentoring with a screened, trained adult volunteer for children and youth identified as at-risk.

Elgin

School-based mentoring

One on one mentoring with a screened, trained adult volunteer for children and youth identified as at-risk.

Elgin

Boys & Girls Club of London

Education program

Academic and financial support to children and youth to ensure success in education.

London

Recreation, social & nutrition program

Fee assistance for low income families to provide membership for camps and after-school programming.

London

Canadian Hearing Services

Community support services

Support and advocacy for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing so they can access the services they need including employment, counselling and housing.

London

Changing Ways

Caring Dads

Group intervention for men who have abused, neglected, or exposed their children to domestic violence.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Counselling services

Counselling services for men who wish to address issues of domestic violence and learn non-abusive ways of resolving conflict.

Middlesex & London

CMHA Middlesex

Family support

Counselling services for anyone – friend, family member, partner, spouse, co-worker, boss or neighbor – who is concerned about the mental health of another community member.

Middlesex & London

Drop-in programs

Social and recreation programs as well as support with basic needs provided at London Coffee House and My Sisters Place.

London

Support line

Confidential telephone support provided 24/7 for people feeling anxious, isolated, lonely, sad, stressed, or who need someone to talk to.

Middlesex & London

Community Living London

Volunteer services

Volunteer opportunities for people with developmental disabilities as well as other community members.

London

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Community development

Advocacy, systems navigation, and other support for individuals in the Hamilton Road area.

London

Children & youth services

Social and recreation programs for children and youth in the Hamilton Road area.

London

Opening doors & community support

Emergency food and basic needs support for individuals in the Hamilton Road area.

London

Daya Counselling Centre

Counselling services

Subsidized counselling for individuals, couples and families.

Middlesex & London

Eat2Learn

School nutrition program

No-cost snack and lunch programs provided in Elgin and St Thomas schools.

Elgin

Elgin – St Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre

Ignite Youth Centre

A drop-in centre offering social, education and employment supports to youth aged 12-19.

Elgin

Family Service Thames Valley

Internship training program

Advanced clinical training through the provision of supervised psychotherapy and counselling to individuals.

Middlesex & London

Counselling services

Subsidized counselling for individuals, couples and families.

Middlesex & London

Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre

Community development

Advocacy, systems navigation and other support for individuals in the Glen Cairn and Pond Mills area.

London

Children & youth services

Social and recreation programs for children and youth in the Glen Cairn and Pond Mills area.

London

Family & basic needs

Emergency food and basic needs support for individuals in the Glen Cairn and Pond Mills area.

London

Horton Street Seniors Centre

Seniors’ health & wellbeing

Social and recreation programs for low-income seniors aged 55+.

Middlesex & London

Inn Out of the Cold St Thomas-Elgin

Winter homeless shelter

Emergency shelter and meal programs for residents experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity.

Elgin

Jabez Therapy Ranch

Therapeutic riding

Therapeutic riding for children and youth with special needs.

Elgin

John Howard Society of London and District

Counselling services

Counselling for individuals, couples and families involved in the criminal justice system.

Middlesex & London

Women’s group

Group counselling to support women who have a loved one involved in the criminal justice system.

Middlesex & London

Boullee, Huron & Kipps Lane project

Social and recreation programs for children living in the Boullee, Huron and Kipps Lane communities.

London

Youth outreach

Specialized services for high-risk youth who are identified as having connection to the criminal justice system.

Middlesex

Learning Disabilities Association – London Region

Services for children, youth & families

Academic and social programs for children and youth with learning disabilities and their families.

Middlesex & London

London Cares Homeless Response Service

Housing stability program

Housing First program serving people experiencing chronic and persistent homelessness.

London

London Employment Help Centre

Advocacy program

Paralegal support for individuals seeking and/or who have been denied social assistance benefits.

London

London Intercommunity Health Centre

Women of the World

A peer support program for immigrant women experiencing barriers to integrating into life in Canada.

London

LUSO Community Services

Northeast community development

Advocacy, systems navigation and other support for individuals in Northeast London.

London

Northeast youth support program

Social and recreation programs for children and youth in Northeast London.

London

Shared beginnings – family literacy

A literacy-based playgroup for children ages 0-6 and their parents and/or caregivers in Northeast London.

London

Basic needs & community support

Basic needs, advocacy & other supports for individuals in Northeast London.

London

March of Dimes Canada

Assistive devices program

Assistance to purchase, repair, and maintain a wide variety of mobility or assistive equipment for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Meals on Wheels London

Meal program

Meal delivery service for seniors aged 55+ and adults with disabilities.

London

Transportation program

Wheels for Wellness provides seniors with transportation from their home to any wellness-related appointment.

London

Mennonite Community Services

Volunteer driver program

No-cost rides to essential medical and other appointments for rural residents with low income and/or no access to transportation.

Elgin

Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre

Mutual Aid Parenting Program

Peer support program for parents of young children in London and Middlesex County.

Middlesex & London

Muslim Resource Center for Social Support and Integration

Family & community support service

Inter-cultural family violence prevention and social support services for Arab-speaking and Muslim families.

Middlesex & London

N’Amerind Friendship Centre

Indigenous Families First

Advocacy and wrap-around supports for urban Indigenous families involved in the child welfare system.

London

Salvation Army Ontario Great Lakes Division

Community Alternatives for Youth

Outreach and wrap-around support for at-risk youth including assistance with housing, basic needs and relationships.

Elgin

SARI Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding

Specialized horseback riding program for people with disabilities designed to enhance physical wellbeing, communication, social skills and independence.

Middlesex & London

Elgin

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

Healthy communities for all  

Basic needs and social/recreation programs for families, children and youth in the White Oaks and Westminster area.

London

Inclusive resident engagement

Advocacy, systems navigation and leadership opportunities for individuals in South London.

London

St. Joseph’s Hospice London Middlesex

Volunteer visitation

Community based emotional support for individuals diagnosed with a life limiting illness and their families and caregivers.

Middlesex & London

St. Thomas-Elgin Second Stage Housing

Children’s program

Counselling for children residing at St. Thomas-Elgin Second Stage Housing.

Elgin

Unity Project

Housing stability program

In-home and in-community support to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

London

Vanier Children’s Services

Focused family therapy & internship training

Counselling services for children and families and clinical training opportunities for students looking to enter the mental health field.

Middlesex & London

West Elgin Community Health Centre

Gift-a-Ride program

No-cost rides to essential medical and other appointments for rural residents with low income and/or no access to transportation.

Elgin

WIL Employment Connections

Immploy mentorship

One on one support for immigrant job seekers connecting with their field of work in Canada.

Middlesex & London

Women’s Rural Resource Centre

Children’s program

Counselling support for children who have experienced and/or witnessed violence and abuse.

Middlesex

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

Inclusive camping services

Additional staffing support for children and youth with special needs accessing day camp programs.

Middlesex & London

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Youth Action Centre

Basic needs and other supports for youth aged 16-24 years experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness and/or precarious housing.

London

Next Wave Youth Centre

A safe space for Middlesex County youth aged 12-20 years to access support with basic needs, housing, employment and education.

Middlesex

YWCA of St. Thomas-Elgin

East Elgin children & youth programs

Health and recreation programs for children and youth in rural communities.

Elgin

Harmony House

Supportive and transitional housing for young women aged 16-24 years.

Elgin

West Elgin children & youth programs

Health and recreation programs for children and youth in rural communities.

Elgin

Women’s Residence

Transitional and long-term housing for women in Elgin County and St Thomas.

Elgin

Local Love in a Global Crisis Fund

Agency

Grant amount

Description

Communities served

Across Languages Translation and Interpretation Service

$20,000

Increased demand for Community Interpreter Access Program.

Middlesex & London

Alzheimer Society of London & Middlesex

$11,000

Dementia-friendly activity kits to be delivered to families caring for loved ones with dementia.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Anova (SafeSpace London)

$5,000

Increase hours of operation at SafeSpace providing basic needs and other supports for street-level sex workers.

London

Big Brothers Big Sisters of London

$7,050

Technology and staff training to continue delivery of mentoring and case management services on digital platforms.

Middlesex & London

Boys & Girls Club London / Horton St Seniors Centre

$20,000

Technology and staffing support to implement Seniors-Centre-Without-Walls programming via telephone and digital platforms. Activity kits for low-income families in priority neighbourhoods.

London

Boys & Girls Club London

$17,000

Staffing, PPE, and additional cleaning costs to support summer day camps for children.

London

CMHA Middlesex

$10,000

Additional meals, snacks, harm reduction items and other basic needs for the visitors of My Sisters’ Place and the London Coffeehouse.

London

$15,000

24/7 texting support through Reach Out with specific focus on youth and on women sheltering in place with their abuser.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

$6,700

Meet demand for the Family Support & Bereavement program for services related to COVID-19 deaths; support those grieving loss without the chance to be with family members at end of life.

Middlesex & London

Community Living London

$8,580

Technology for clients to access support and social programming on digital platforms.

London

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

$20,000

Neighbourhood-based provision of food, hygiene items and other basic needs; including delivery where needed.

London

Daya Counselling Centre

$20,000

Subsidized counseling for essential workers and social services frontline staff.

Middlesex & London

Elgin St. Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre – Talbot Teen Centre

$14,553

Staffing, technology, and program costs for a virtual farmer’s market, providing volunteer opportunities and skill development to youth in St. Thomas and Elgin.

Elgin

Family & Children’s Services St. Thomas Elgin

$5,000

Activity kits and snacks for families in St. Thomas and Elgin County.

Elgin

Family Service Thames Valley

$20,000

Expanded intake and subsidized counselling service through secure digital platforms. Counselling for callers to CMHA Reach Out crisis line who are referred to FSTV for immediate counselling support.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre

$13,500

Neighbourhood-based provision of food, hygiene items and other basic needs; including delivery where needed.

London

John Howard Society of London and District

$19,990

Technology to continue to deliver counselling services on digital platforms and physical distancing measures/barriers for delivery of services in person.

Middlesex & London

London Abused Women’s Centre

$19,894

Support for women and girls experiencing intimate partner abuse and/or being trafficked. Support includes food and other basic needs, shelter and transportation. Technology for virtual counselling; PPE and physical barriers for staff working in-person with clients.

Middlesex & London

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre

$4,000

Staffing costs and cleaning supplies for Josephs’ House, a temporary shelter for refugee claimants. Additional laptops for use by residents for social connection and job searching.

London

LUSO Community Services

$20,000

Neighbourhood-based provision of food, hygiene items and other basic needs; literacy/activity kits for children and youth from low-income families.

London

Mennonite Community Services

$14,000

Outbound telephone calls and wellbeing checks to low-German speaking seniors. Additional technology and equipment to maintain low-German radio station and the dissemination of information about health and community resources.

Elgin

Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre

$20,000

Children’s Mental Health & Wellness Kits for 125 families (including grocery store & taxi gift cards, books, crafts, games, mental health services resources).

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Northwest London Resource Centre

$20,000

Neighbourhood-based provision of food, hygiene items and other basic needs; including delivery where needed.

London

Salvation Army Ontario Great Lakes Division

$6,000

Technology for youth to access support and social programming on digital platforms. Emergency clothing, food and supplies for recreation programs.

Elgin

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

$20,000

Neighbourhood-based provision of food, hygiene items and other basic needs; including delivery where needed.

London

WAYS Mental Health Supports

$20,000

Technology to provide confidential virtual counselling and mental health support to children, youth and families.

Middlesex & London

Wellspring

$3,000

Technology and staff training to continue to deliver programs on digital platforms for individuals undergoing treatment for cancer.

London

West Elgin Community Health Centre

$12,000

Provision of food, hygiene items and other basic needs; including delivery where needed.

London

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

$7,500

Activity kits for low-income families in the East Carling and Chippewa school communities and in the Lockes and Monsignor Morrison school communities.

Elgin & London

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

$20,000

Additional staffing support; meals, hygiene items and other basic needs for youth accessing service at the Youth Action Centre; PPE and technology support for frontline staff.

Middlesex & London

YWCA of St. Thomas-Elgin

$20,000

Bedding & towels, cleaning supplies and other basic needs; including delivery where needed. Technology for staff to provide support and case management on digital platforms. Freezers and refrigerators to store fresh and frozen food supplies for clients.

Elgin

Seniors Response Fund

Funded by the Government of Canada

Agency

Grant amount

Description

Communities served

CMHA Middlesex

$9,782

Outreach telephone calls to seniors requiring additional social support and connection. Volunteers complete a wellness check, provide therapeutic listening and help seniors access additional supports including grocery delivery, Meals on Wheels and virtual social and recreation programming.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Cheshire London

$92,400

Provide basic needs to low income and isolated seniors including food and essential needs through meal and grocery delivery; subsidized transportation for medical and other appointments and the distribution of COVID emergency kits.

Middlesex & London

VON Middlesex-Elgin

$17,600

Provide basic needs to low income and isolated seniors including food and essential needs through meal and grocery delivery; subsidized transportation for medical and other appointments and the distribution of COVID emergency kits.

Elgin

Emergency Community Support Fund

Funded by the Government of Canada

Agency

Grant amount

Description

Communities served

Across Languages Translation and Interpretation Service

$63,250

Increased capacity for the Community Interpreter Access Program, a COVID-19 specific training program for interpreters and professional work opportunities for bilingual immigrants.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Addiction Services Thames Valley (Street Level Women at Risk)

$69,000

Access to technology to facilitate personal and professional supports, including housing stability support, for participants of the Street Level Women at Risk program.

London

Central Community Health Centre

$61,677

The provision of primary care services, harm reduction supplies, and basic needs to people experiencing homelessness through a Mobile Unit.

Elgin

Cheshire London

$81,500

Urgent financial support for groceries, prepared meals, transportation and other basic needs for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Middlesex & London

$51,125

In-home respite supports for caregivers at risk of burnout as a result caring for a family member during the pandemic.

Middlesex & London

$146,250

Provision of COVID-19 kits for low income seniors and adults with disabilities to provide basic needs, social connection, and information resources.

Middlesex & London

Community Living London

$60,000

Technology for clients and staff to access digital programming and provide support through phone and web conferencing.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Daya Counselling Centre

$123,046

Subsidized counselling and single session counselling for those experiencing stress, anxiety, and other issues affecting their mental wellness due to the pandemic.

Middlesex & London

Goodwill Industries (Circle London)

$84,700

Technology for low income Londoners to assist with accessing employment, education and social supports through phone, web conferencing and other digital platforms.

London

Hutton House Association for Adults with Disabilities

$60,625

Wellness kits, including art materials and exercise equipment, for persons with disabilities and access to social and recreation program on digital platforms.

London

Inn Out of the Cold St Thomas-Elgin

$58,616

Additional staffing to support day programming, screening for COVID-19 and enhanced food service.

Elgin

John Howard Society of London and District

$150,000

Wrap-around supports including counselling, housing, reintegration supports and basic needs for individuals in London facing homelessness following release from prison during the pandemic.

London

Learning Disabilities Association – London Region

$55,324

Literacy and mental health support for children/youth with learning disabilities to address academic and social-emotional gaps widened by distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

London Cares Homeless Response Service

$66,750

Showering and laundry facilities for people living rough in the City of London.

London

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre

$110,400

The Healthy Pantry program will provide newcomers access to food and information resources.

London

London Employment Help Centre

$68,529

Wrap-around support and digital resources for low-income individuals seeking social assistance and benefit programs.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

LUSO Community Services

$62,000

Literacy programs, peer support and other supports for residents in northeast London and Argyle neighbourhoods with a focus on seniors, international students and newcomers.

London

Muslim Resource Center for Social Support and Integration

$70,072

Counselling and navigational support for Arabic speaking families with children with disabilities seeking community services that are accessible, evidence-based and culturally informed.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Northwest London Resource Centre

$77,000

Mentorship, peer support and other supports for residents in Northwest London with a focus on seniors, international students and newcomers.

London

Salvation Army Centre of Hope

$92,214

Additional staffing to meet increased needs related to facility cleaning and housing stability programs.

London

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

$107,000

Outreach, literacy programs and the provision of basic needs for low-income residents of White Oaks and Westminster neighbourhoods.

London

STEAM Education Centres Incorporated

$71,340

A volunteer program that will refurbish desktop and laptop computers to be distributed to low income individuals.

Elgin

VON Middlesex-Elgin

$148,556

Basic needs and transportation for low income seniors and adults with disabilities.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

$150,000

Technology access and support for low-income Newcomers to participate in online English learning classes.

Elgin & London

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

$58,754

Additional staffing to meet unique programming needs at the youth emergency shelter during the pandemic.

London

YWCA of St. Thomas-Elgin

$50,000

Provide support, job coaching, job development and system navigation for at-risk youth aged 15-30 in St. Thomas-Elgin.

Elgin

Donor-directed Grants

Agency

Grant amount

Description

Communities served

Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area

$50,000

Providing a mentor to a young person who faces adversity giving them access to a life-changing relationship that meets their urgent needs.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Leads Employment Services

$50,000

Virtual accessibility for those who have disabilities and no means to reach out or receive support services in managing their well-being.

Elgin, Middlesex & London

Vanier Children’s Services

$150,000

Provision of crisis services that enhance the mental health and wellness of children, youth, and families in London/Middlesex.

Middlesex & London

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