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October 05, 2020

United Way announces open call for round 2 ECSF funding

United Way Elgin Middlesex is accepting local funding applications for round two of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) from October 5 to October 30, 2020. The fund continues to provide financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Canada has released this balance of funding for ECSF and it is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

United Way Elgin Middlesex is proud to support this important additional investment of approximately $500,000 into our local communities. Registered charities who provide supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to receive funding…read more

August 19, 2020

Virtual Farmer’s Market teaches local youth about running a small business

Helping local businesses AND teaching youth about running a small business? That’s what the Ignite Youth Centre in St. Thomas is doing with the Cultivate Virtual Farmer’s Market.

Pre-COVID-19, the Ignite Youth Centre (formerly the Talbot Teen Centre) had a plan for creating a farm-to-table program that included gardening, planning, planting, harvesting, cooking, and creating items to sell at a farmer’s market. Unfortunately, the centre was forced to close mid-March, and had to re-evaluate their programming ideas…read more

August 5, 2020

Church group moves fast to help local people affected by COVID-19

The parishioners at Church of St. John the Evangelist are showing some local love for people struggling to meet their basic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a donation to United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis fund.

“It’s amazing to see how the community is coming together to support one another,” shared Jennepher Cahill, Director of Development, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Both big and small gifts are pouring in to make a difference for people as they seek support from our partners operating in the community.”

August 5, 2020

Wawanesa Insurance gives $13,000 to boost regional relief effort

As part of Wawanesa Insurance’s Caring Together commitments, the organization has committed $500,000 to United Ways in Canada and the United States to help provide urgent basic needs relief for people struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The London/Middlesex and Elgin/St. Thomas region will see $13,000 of that total thanks to our local Wawanesa office. This donation is in addition to the support Wawanesa provides annually.

In a public statement, President and CEO Jeff Goy said, “As a mutual insurer, Wawanesa is guided by values that focus on being a positive force in our communities.”

“The support of the business community during COVID-19 has been incredible,” shared Kelly Ziegner, CEO and President, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “This generous donation by Wawanesa Insurance will help some of our most vulnerable local people meet their urgent basic needs.”

July 22, 2020

United Way flows $2.2M in COVID-19 relief to frontline services

On May 19, United Way Elgin Middlesex launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This 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 is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered locally in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

Today, United Way Elgin Middlesex is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this funding. From May 19 to June 12, United Way received 60 applications requesting grants of up to $150,000…read more

July 15, 2020

Summer fun activities for kids and youth

Summer is here! While many regularly scheduled summer events and programs for kids are not running this year, there are still lots of options for kids to get active and enjoy some summertime fun. Read more …

July 9, 2020

Mayor’s task force summary report #3

Learn more about the work of the City of London Mayor’s Economic and Social Impact and Recovery Task Forces. Read the third report which outlines the work of the task force and activities being considered as our community moves toward recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missed the first and second report? You can read them here: First Report | Second Report

Local agency and food back receiving donations of toilet paper

June 30, 2020

Local agencies now have squares to spare

An impressive donation of toilet paper and facial tissue by Kimberly-Clark will go a long way to helping people and families struggling to meet their urgent basic needs. The donated products will be distributed to families through a variety of social service agencies across Elgin and Middlesex Counties, including Neighbourhood Resource Centres in London and St. Thomas.

Toilet paper has become difficult to find at grocery stores since COVID-19 struck, making it less likely to be donated. Conversely neighbourhood resource centres are feeling the increased need as more people, including first-time users, are seeking support from emergency food cupboards due to the coronavirus pandemic…read more

LLGC_ Father and daughter on couch watching tv

June 18, 2020

Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19

We are now more than three months into the coronavirus pandemic and we can all agree that these are stressful and uncertain times. It’s important to pay attention to your mental health and reach out for help if you’re struggling. There are many resources available to help you take care of yourself, and to share when checking in on family and friends. If you are an employer, there are some options to consider for your employees as well.

Please remember that it is okay to ask for and accept help.

CMHA Support Line  519-601-8055 or 1-844-360-8055

  • The Support Line provides confidential listening and support to individuals 16+ any time of day or night.  Whether you are anxious, depressed, lonely, overwhelmed or just need to talk something through with someone, you will find a supportive and caring person at the other end of the line. If you’re under 16, we suggest calling the Kids Help Phone.

Daya Counselling Centre

  • Daya provides subsidized or free counselling to ALL essential workers in and Elgin County. If you need supports, call 519-434-0077 for an intake appointment

Family Service Thames Valley

  • Family Service Thames Valley provides counselling and support for individuals, families, and organizations. Call 519-433-0183 for access to counselling services, or 519-433-2023 if you are in crisis.

Wellness Together Canada

  • Funded by the Government of Canada, the Wellness Together website provides a self-assessment, counselling by text or phone, self-guided courses on wellbeing, group coaching and a community of support.

WellCan is a free app, available in English and French, that provides a hub for mental health resources and tools to help all Canadians maintain positive mental, physical, social and financial health during the COVID-19 pandemic; includes assessments for anxiety, depression, drug abuse and alcohol use, a telehealth directory and other mental wellness content.

June 8, 2020

Mennonite Community Services: Keeping  seniors connected

Mennonite Community Services in Aylmer has been a hub for seniors in the community for many years.

Many local seniors volunteer at the thrift store, helping them to stay connected, give back, spend time with other people and feel engaged. But since the COVID 19 pandemic, many seniors in the Aylmer community are stuck at home, and have lost their community and contacts. Many also don’t have access to the internet.

In order to help seniors maintain their connection, Mennonite Community Services has started an outreach program. They are trying to bring a little sunshine to seniors with phone calls and greeting cards to check in and let seniors know they haven’t been forgotten.

Many of the seniors in Aylmer who weren’t born or raised in Canada often have English as a second language, which creates another barrier. Mennonite Community Services’ Program Director Anna Bergen notes that seniors welcome the cards even if they are uncomfortable speaking on the phone, and many are posting the cards in their windows and showing them off  in their homes.

Mennonite Community Services is hoping to reach at least 100 seniors in the Aylmer area, and so far, the program has been received very positively, with one senior even receiving advice on how to shop online. The team is very happy to be able to keep their community connected and engaged.

Round 4 of investments have been made

June 1, 2020

Community generosity fuels fourth round of funding

Vulnerable people and families struggling their way through the COVID-19 pandemic received another round of support last week as United Way released its fourth round of grants to local programs and services. The most recent installment of $29,000 brings the total dollars dispersed for COVID-19 relief in our region to $408,214, helping local people find the support they need in a difficult time.

“The length of this crisis is causing for an increased need to rise in our community,” says Kelly Ziegner, President and CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “The support of our community is more important now than ever and it is crucial we keep these dollars flowing into programs and services that are providing immediate support for people and families in a tight spot.”…read more

Thank you GDLS-Canada!

May 29, 2020

Connecting for the community, together/apart

You might think that the coronavirus pandemic would cause disconnections with a workforce that has to function both under physical distancing constraints and remotely. Not so with the generous employees of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-Canada).

In fact, the coronavirus crisis has connected GDLS-Canada employees like never before to volunteer and support their community…read more

Thank you DesJardins & The Cooperators!

May 28, 2020

Local businesses ramp up giving to help people through challenging times

At a time when people need more help than ever, DesJardins and The Co-operators have come forward offering support for locally funded programs and services strained for resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both organizations have stepped up with sizable gifts to help people and families meet basic urgent needs during this difficult time.

“It’s heart-warming to see these gifts come in,” says Kelly Ziegner, CEO & President, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “The business community has stepped up and relief is pouring in, helping local people work through these times with the support of funded programs and services in our community.”

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Thank you Scotiabank!

May 27, 2020

Scotiabank announces $4,000 for local COVID-19 pandemic relief

Scotiabank in Elgin Middlesex has announced a generous local gift of $4,000 to United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis community fund. The gift will be used to fund local programs and services helping people seeking basic needs support.

This $4,000 is part of a national $1,000,000 gift made by Scotiabank to United Way Centraide Canada.

“This gift will help local people at an important time,” says Kelly Ziegner, CEO & President, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Individuals and families are finding the support they need, when they need it, thanks to the generosity of our donors.”

Emergency Community Support Fund

May 19, 2020

United Way issues open call for $1.3M Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way Elgin Middlesex is accepting local 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 in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

“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,” says The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada…read more

Thank you Enbridge for your donation

May 14, 2020

Enbridge turns up the heat with Covid-19 support

Enbridge Inc. has announced an immediate investment of $14,600 to United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis community response fund. The donation, part of Enbridge’s greater response to COVID-19 nationally, will be used locally to support immediate basic needs for vulnerable people in our community.

“This gift shows the incredible support of our community coming together to help one another,” said Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Local people are getting the support they need, when and where they need it.”

Thank you Metro for your gift to United Way

May 13, 2020

Metro donates $6,800 to regional COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts

National grocery chain Metro has come forward with a local gift of $6,800 to support the increased urgent needs in our community resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. The donation, made through United Way Centraide, is earmarked for food insecurity and other essential services that also include eldercare and mental health support.

“This gift comes at a time when our community needs it most,” said Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Thanks to Metro and all of our partners at this time, we are helping local people get through this difficult time.”

Additionally, Metro is encouraging customers interested in making a donation to use their grocery points as a cash donation to various charities, including United Way Centraide for distribution to impacted communities.

May 12, 2020

Friendly Callers reaches out to isolated seniors

Since the start of the pandemic, the Canadian Mental Health Association has seen a 43 percent increase in calls to The Support Line, many coming from seniors who are feeling scared, vulnerable, lonely and isolated.

“It was an issue even before the pandemic,” says Lori Hassall, Director of Crisis and Short-term Interventions at Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex. “We were already getting a lot of calls from seniors who don’t have supports in the community. Some folks would call every day just to talk to a person.”

Thanks to a grant from United Way Elgin Middlesex made possible by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program, CMHA launched Friendly Callers, a new outreach program that matches volunteers with seniors for a weekly check-in. The program is available across Elgin and Middlesex more

Mayor's task force #2

May 12, 2020

Mayor’s task force summary report #2

Learn more about the work of the City of London Mayor’s Economic and Social Impact and Recovery Task Forces. Read the second report which outlines the current economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what initiatives are being considered to meet immediate needs and support our community’s recovery.

Missed the first report? You can read it here.

Round 3 grants announcement

May 12, 2020

United Way distributes another $112,394 to help local people

United Way Elgin Middlesex distributed another $112,394 today in its third round of grants to seven locally operating social service agencies serving our community. In total over $379,000 has been distributed in the last month to support the critical work of locally operating community partners.

“Our community is rallying together,” says Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “People have come together and quickly mobilized to support our community’s most vulnerable people. This Coronavirus pandemic has united us and it’s inspiring to see people showing their local love at this time.”

In total United Way has released three rounds of grants into the community. Funds up to $20,000 are being dispersed to social services across helping people to meet urgent basic needs, reduce social isolation and receive technology and training so they can move to digital service delivery without a disruption to service…read more

The New Horizons for Seniors Program

May 11, 2020

United Way invests in COVID-19 relief for seniors

Local seniors affected by the coronavirus crisis will get a much-needed boost today, thanks to the new Seniors Response Fund. United Way Elgin Middlesex deployed the fund today with assistance from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Local social service agencies CMHA and the Community Support Services Network received almost $120,000 combined to meet urgent needs for low income seniors 55+ across the region, including food, basic supplies and social connection. In total, $9 million in Federal funds are being distributed by United Ways across Canada proportionally based on the local population of seniors 55+.

“As we care for our families and those closest to us, we see many seniors in our community who don’t have a support system around them,” says Kelly Ziegner…read more

Young girl learning virtually from a tutor

May 8, 2020

Educational supports for families and students

Your kids have been off school since the middle of March, and you could really use some help. We’ve compiled some resources that might make your family’s home schooling life a little bit easier.

Looking for free at home tutoring assistance? Check out these Live Tutoring supports from the London Public Library, online tutors, Western University’s Faculty of Education and your local neighbourhood resource centres. There are lots of options for one-on-one or group sessions.

Having challenges using Brightspace, Google Classroom, computers, iPads or other technology equipment? This list of at-home technology supports might help you troubleshoot the issue.

Are you an international post secondary student? Western University and Fanshawe College are here to help with mental health supports, information on where to go for financial assistance, virtual events and more.

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre is back

Apr 30, 2020

The South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre is back!

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre to close its doors several weeks ago, along with Jalna Library.

The centre has been sending south London residents to the emergency food cupboard at the Northwest London Resource Centre since then—a trip across the city that’s too far for most.

Thanks to donations from the Local Love in a Global Crisis fund organized by United Way Elgin Middlesex, the food cupboard is re-opening May 5 at St. Justin’s Parish on Jalna Blvd. Local families will be able to pick up breakfast bags for children and much needed formula, diapers, personal hygiene items, and of course, food. The following week they will be open to the general public with regular hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday…read more.

Local Love in a Global Crisis funding announcement

Apr 30, 2020

United Way announces round two COVID-19 relief grants

United Way Elgin Middlesex announced another $99,280 in grants today to eight social service agencies for immediate COVID-19 relief across Elgin and Middlesex counties. The organization has distributed more than $265,000 in one week to 19 agencies doing critical work in our community.

Funds raised through United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis COVID-19 community response fund will continue to be disbursed in subsequent rounds of grants.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but a good one,” says Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Getting money quickly to where it can do the most good is even more important in a crisis. Many people in our community had no way to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic or the ongoing effects.”

Today’s grants of up to $20,000 each…read more

Local Love in a Global Crisis funding announcement

Apr 28, 2020

United Way announces first round of grants for COVID-19 relief

United Way Elgin Middlesex deployed $167,540 in grants today to 11 social service agencies across the region for immediate COVID-19 relief. Funds were raised through United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis COVID-19 community response fund.

“I am overjoyed to make this announcement,” says Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “The goal of our rapid response fund is to get money quickly out the door and into the community where it can do the most good.”

“Today, we’re delivering on that promise through this first round of investments,” Ziegner continues. “We couldn’t do it without the incredible generosity of corporations and individuals in our community.” United Way will continue to disburse funds raised in subsequent rounds…read more

Crouch neighbourhood resource Center packing up boxes of food for people in need

Apr 28, 2020

Resource Centres team up to fight isolation and hunger

Neighbourhood Resource Centres around the City of London are providing vital services to many vulnerable populations right now.

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre is usually based out of the Crouch Library, but because library locations are temporarily closed, they’ve joined forces with the Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre to help Londoners in both neighbourhoods.

As a team, Crouch and Glen Cairn are packing and delivering care packages of food, hygiene supplies, and cleaning products. Every week, more than 670 Londoners, including families, seniors, children and adults, receive these much needed supplies from the centres’ staff and volunteers.

Crouch supplies laid out

Crouch is also keeping their afterschool child and youth program participants in mind by creating and delivering experiential learning kits! Kids have received art kits, journals, writing and drawing prompts and even some special treats for the whole family!

Visit and to learn more about the amazing work these organizations are doing.

Mayor's task force image

Apr 9, 2020

Mayor’s task force summary report #1

Learn more about the work of the City of London Mayor’s Economic and Social Impact and Recovery Task Forces. This is the first of many reports outlining the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what initiatives are being considered to meet immediate needs and support our community’s recovery. Read the full report.

Thank you Old Oak

Apr 17, 2020

Home is where the heart is

It’s a happy Friday for our community when local COVID-19 relief efforts get a $100k boost.

“We’re a local company,” says Greg Bierbaum, President, Old Oak Properties, a London based developer and property management company. “That’s why it’s really important to support the local community that supported us.” Old Oak Properties announced a $100k gift to United Way’s community response fund today.

Read more about Bierbaum’s hope for Old Oak’s leading gift.

Thank you Government of Canada

Apr 22, 2020

Federal government announces $350M Emergency Community Support Fund

The Government of Canada announced the $350M Emergency Community Support Fund today, a vital step forward in our country’s rapid response to COVID-19. Today’s announcement will help ensure that if Canadians need the support of a community organization, it will be there for them.

United Way Centraide Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada applaud the federal government’s move to support our country’s most vulnerable populations. All three organizations will partner to deploy funds across Canada from coast-to-coast.

Locally, United Way Elgin Middlesex looks forward to collaborating with local partners and charities to swiftly implement the Fund in communities across our region. Together, we will work to ensure that rapid relief reaches those that need it most, and that no one is left behind.

The new Fund will provide a much-needed boost to organizations on the frontlines, while we also continue efforts to secure funding and support required for the stabilization and recovery phases ahead.

Details about how the fund will be activated are coming soon.

In the meantime, our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone in our community who has given so generously during this time. We encourage those who are able to do so to support our Local Love in a Global Crisis community response fund as we actively step up in the fight against COVID-19.

Thank you Government of Canada

Apr 22, 2020

Tricar steps up for Southwestern Ontario with $100k gift

The Tricar Group sent a rallying cry to Southwestern Ontario businesses today with a $100,000 donation to United Ways across the region for local COVID-19 relief.

The funds will be disbursed proportionally through United Ways in the communities where Tricar works and builds with $50,000 to Elgin Middlesex, $35,000 to Guelph Wellington Dufferin, $10,000 to Sarnia-Lambton and $5,000 to Perth-Huron.

“Now is the time for the community to come together to support those in need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” says Adam Carapella, Vice-President of The Tricar Group. “Building homes also means building communities and we are committed to helping uphold the health, safety and vibrancy within these communities.”

“We may be in uncertain times, but it is reassuring to know that we can rely on partners like Tricar who share our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable through this crisis,” says Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Together with donors, agency partners, and other funders, we are creating a coordinated full-spectrum safety net in London, informed by the work of the Mayor’s Social Impact and Recovery Task Force.”

An industry leader, with more than 150 employees and more than 7,000 homes built, The Tricar Group has earned the reputation as a progressive, responsible builder committed to making communities better.

Agency stocking box with food items

Apr 14, 2020

Highlighting a few of our partner agencies doing great work in our community

We are living in an unusual and unprecedented time, and many of us have had to completely change our daily routines. This is also true of local agencies that are providing important services in our community. They have had to close down locations, have employees work remotely, and be very creative in determining how to serve populations that are most in need.

We want to highlight a few of our partner agencies that are doing great work in our community and adapting as necessary to ensure the safety of clients, volunteers, and staff. Read more about the great work happening in our community.

Camilla & Jayia - Match Photo, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Apr 16, 2020

Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs find ways to connect

What do you do when you can’t hang out with your Big Sister or Little Sister due to COVID-19?

Jayia and Camilla have been matched for about 10 months, and had put precautions in place early on during the pandemic. They have been able to maintain consistent contact with video chats, and interactive online games and apps like House Party. Read more about Jayia and Camilla’s story

Agencies working to help the most vulnerable in our community

Apr 8, 2020

Help local agencies meet basic needs for our community’s most vulnerable

There are many agencies in our community who are working to ensure that the most vulnerable have what they need during this difficult time.

If you are looking for a way to give back, connect with your family, friends, and colleagues to collect items for any of the multiple local organizations that need your help.

A few examples:

  • Atlohsa Family Healing Services is looking for pre-packaged, single-serving food including snacks for kids, paper plates, disposable cutlery, diapers, blankets, etc
  • Inn Out of the Cold would like to borrow hand sanitizer stations and refills from businesses in St. Thomas that are temporarily closed
  • Neighbourhood Resource Association of Westminster Park needs grocery store gift cards to maintain their breakfast programs for local kids

There are many more need in our community, see the full list. Thank you for showing your local love!

Non-medical safety supplies

Apr 7, 2020

Seeking personal protective equipment for non-healthcare frontline workers

United Way is urgently asking individuals, workplaces and organizations to donate personal protective equipment for non-healthcare frontline workers.

These workers are providing meals, emergency food, delivery and other supports to vulnerable individuals in our community.

Contact Alisha Grams if you can provide:

  • Examination gloves
  • Surgical masks
  • Protective gowns

These items will be distributed to social service agencies by Middlesex London Health Unit.

Please note: We cannot accept donations of sewn or cloth masks at this time.

Donations of N95 masks should be made to London Health Sciences Centre 

Thank you Libro Credit Union

Apr 3, 2020

Libro donates $320,000 to Southwestern Ontario United Ways

London-based Libro Credit Union is donating $50,000 to United Way Elgin Middlesex to help local social service agencies meet immediate needs related to the COVID-19 crisis. Seven other United Ways in our region will also receive funds.

“Libro’s community investment programs support financial resilience, housing, local food accessibility and employment, and while we typically support longer-term projects, we knew it made sense to adapt and meet immediate need,” Libro’s Liz Arkinstall said in a statement.

United Way will work in partnership with other local and government stakeholders to quickly deploy Libro’s donation into our community.

Thank you Kimberly-Clark

Mar 30, 2020

Share a square, Canada!

Toilet paper manufacturer Kimblery-Clark has launched the #ShareASquareCanada campaign, asking Canadians to stock up on generosity with @KleenexCanada and keep our communities strong.

From now until June 30, Kimberly-Clark will donate $1 for every social media post that uses the #ShareASquareCanada hashtag up to a maximum of $50,000.

In addition, Kimberly-Clark will donate:

  • $100,000 to the United Way national Local Love in a Global Crisis fund
  • 100,000 rolls of toilet paper and 10,000 boxes of Kleenex for vulnerable people
Justin Trudeau, COVID 19 response, United Way donation announcement

Mar 29, 2020

Federal government joins United Ways across Canada to help vulnerable seniors

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $9M in funding to United Way Canada to support vulnerable seniors at risk due to the COVID-19 crisis.

United Way Elgin Middlesex is looking forward to working with United Way Canada to distribute funding to local services and supports for isolated seniors in our region, including rural communities in Elgin and Middlesex counties.

This funding is the first step the Government is taking to put in place a program of supports for vulnerable Canadians and charitable sector organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.

Thank you, COVID 19 response

Mar 27, 2020

County donor steps up to support rural communities

A local business who wishes to remain anonymous has made a $10,000 donation in Middlesex and Elgin counties. The donation will be split evenly to support local programs meeting the most urgent needs in St. Thomas and Strathroy.
211 information

Mar 27, 2020

211 Ontario can help you find support during COVID-19

211 Ontario is your primary source of information on government and community-based social services.

Things are changing quickly during this unusual time, but their team is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information about responses to the novel coronavirus.

  • Do you feel overwhelmed or anxious about COVID-19? Do you want information on mental health services to manage those feelings?
  • Are you experiencing financial pressure because of self-isolation measures?
  • Do you have questions about applying for Employment Insurance?
  • Do you need help getting groceries or running errands while you are at home sick or self-isolating?

Live Chat is available Monday to Friday from 7am to 9pm here.

An online Search Help Tool is available at

And Community Navigators are ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 150 languages. Just dial 2-1-1.

Are you a service provider? Contact 211 here with updates.

Thank you 3M Canada, $50,000 donation to United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis community response fund

Mar 25, 2020

3M Canada announces lead donation

3M Canada announced an immediate $50,000 donation today to United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis community response fund. The donation comes from the 3Mgives Disaster Relief fund. It will be disbursed proportionally through United Way Elgin Middlesex to 13 local United Ways across Canada where 3Mers are located.

“Thank you 3M and 3M-ers for helping us quickly get money into the community so that those who are most vulnerable do not get pushed further into the margins during this crisis,” said Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex.

“Your generous donations will keep local programs and services running should staff and volunteers need to self-isolate, or fall ill. Funds will also be used to scale up the most critical programs, or extend their reach across the city, often in new ways that don’t involve face-to-face contact.”

Mar 23, 2020

United Way launches local response to global COVID-19 crisis

United Way has launched a COVID-19 community response fund and giving portal, Local Love in a Global Crisis, to help organizations and individuals support our community’s most pressing human care needs as we battle the coronavirus outbreak.

“Corporations, labour and community leaders, and individual donors in our community are calling us, asking what they can do to help people right now,” says Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “We’re bringing together local municipalities and other key stakeholders to deploy funds quickly to organizations serving the highest needs in our communities.” Read more…

Mar 20, 2020

Mayor’s task force holds first virtual meeting

United Way participated in the first meeting of the Mayor’s Social Impact and Recovery Task Force. United Way’s role is to connect key stakeholders to pool resources. The task force’s role is to identify our community’s most pressing needs and inform funding priorities. Additional meetings by video and teleconference will happen on a regular basis.

If you’re able, please give generously today.

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