United Way announces round two COVID-19 relief grants

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United Way Elgin Middlesex distributed 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.”

“I believe the best thing we can do in a crisis is look after each other. Thanks to generous donors who were in a position to give, United Way is doing just that.”

Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex

Today’s grants of up to $20,000 each will allow local social services across the region to meet urgent basic needs, minimize social isolation and receive technology and training so they can pivot to digital service delivery.

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.

“I believe the best thing we can do in a crisis is look after each other,” Ziegner continues. “Thanks to generous donors who were in a position to give, United Way is doing just that.”

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 2 fund recipients:

  • CMHA
  • Community Living London
  • Family Services Thames Valley
  • Northwest London Resource Centre
  • The Salvation Army Community Alternatives for Youth
  • Wellspring
  • YWCA of St. Thomas

 

United Way Elgin Middlesex’s COVID-19 grant summary

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