This holiday season, connection is the best gift you can give

The #LocalLove Letter

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Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO United Way Elgin Middlesex

It’s the time of year when I’m typically attending holiday parties, catching up with old friends after work, and planning for big family gatherings. It’s tough not being able to connect in-person with the people I care about.

While nothing can entirely replace being together with the people we love, I am grateful that we have so many new technologies to help us connect.

Many social service agencies across our region are grateful too. Thanks to local donors to our COVID-19 relief fund, United Way has been able to provide grants for technology solutions so local agencies can continue to provide services virtually.

While nothing can entirely replace being together with the people we love, I’m grateful we have so many new technologies to help us connect. Reaching out is the best gift you can give.

Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex

St. Joseph’s Hospice is just one of them. The hospice is putting a $60,000 grant to work on technology upgrades like internet-connected iPads so that patients at the end-of-life will be able to hear a familiar voice and see the faces of loved ones when they can’t be together in person.

At such a difficult time, this grant is giving families what they need most right now: connection.

As you prepare for the holiday season, I hope our video featuring local musicians will inspire you to safely connect with the people you love in all the new and old ways that we can: with a simple phone call or a technology-assisted video chat, writing a letter or card, or sending an email.

Reaching out and connecting is the best gift you can give.

P.S. Do you need help for you or a loved one this holiday season? Call 211 anytime 24/7 to get connected to supports close to home.

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Your soundtrack for holiday cheer.

What do you get when nine local musicians from across the region join forces to perform an original song, socially distanced of course? Check out our delightful music video to find out

Our latest round of funding to local agencies.

Last week we announced more than $800,000 in grants to frontline agencies across our region thanks to a combination of Federal and local funding. Get the story here and see our London Free Press coverage here and here

A sea of generosity for seniors.

Watch this amazing example of our community coming together in difficult times. Thanks to a Federal grant from United Way, Cheshire London worked with the London Middlesex Community Support Services Network to create thousands of COVID-19 kits for isolated seniors.