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

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United Way Elgin Middlesex deployed $167,540 in funding to 11 social service agencies across the region today. Funds were raised through the organization’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 of grants.

“As we care for our families and those closest to us, we see many in our community who don’t have a support system around them. Our COVID-19 community response fund is helping to ensure the most vulnerable do not get pushed further into the margins during this crisis.”

Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex

Eleven agencies across the region received grants up to $20,000 each to address urgent basic needs, minimize social isolation and to provide technology and staff training to agencies so they can pivot to digital service delivery.

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SLNRC) received $20,000 to provide basic needs to neighbourhood residents, including delivery where needed.

“The support from United Way is coming at a time that is so crucial for individuals and families in need in south London,” says Nancy Needham, Executive Director at SLNRC, explaining that the organization had to close its emergency food cupboard due to COVID-19. Since then local residents have tried to travel to Northwest London Resource Centre to receive emergency food support, a distance that is not realistic.

“This grant gives us the opportunity to quickly re-open in south London at a different location. We will be able to support local families with urgent needs including formula, diapers, personal hygiene items and of course food,” Needham continues.

United Way launched the Local Love in a Global Crisis community response fund in response to urgent needs due to COVID-19 and requests from corporations, labour and community leaders, and individual donors asking how best to help.

Since the fund was set up only weeks ago, local people have shown great generosity and compassion. Many local companies have also stepped up with significant donations. 3M, Libro Credit Union, General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, Old Oak Properties, Tricar and several anonymous benefactors have recognized the need and responded quickly.

“As we care for our families and those closest to us, we see many in our community who don’t have a support system around them,” says Ziegner. “Our COVID-19 community response fund is helping to ensure the most vulnerable do not get pushed further into the margins during this crisis.”

To date, United Way Elgin Middlesex has facilitated more than $1 million in COVID-19 recovery efforts to through charitable giving, future pledges, and government grants. Visit Local Love in a Global Crisis for details, donation announcements and how to get help or give help.

About our community’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis

United Way Elgin Middlesex is working in close partnership with London Community Foundation, the City of London and the municipalities of Elgin and Middlesex to quickly mobilize funds to meet our community’s most pressing needs during the coronavirus outbreak.

Our coordinated approach is creating a full-spectrum safety net for our community’s most vulnerable: United Way is focused on immediate basic needs, London Community Foundation is supporting longer-term recovery and rebuilding, and municipal partners are creating extra capacity for essential services. Together, we are keeping our community strong.

Round 1 COVID-19 relief fund recipients:
  • Across Languages Translation and Interpretation Service
  • Anova
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of London
  • CMHA
  • Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
  • Daya Counselling Centre
  • Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre
  • John Howard Society
  • Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre
  • South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre
  • West Elgin Community Health Centre

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