United Way Continues to Give Community SUpport with Emergency Community Support Fund

A total of eight agencies have now been approved for Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) grants. The process is guided by the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton Board of Directors. Funded by the Government of Canada.

Community organizations serving vulnerable populations are encouraged to apply for funding to support their work through the ECSF. Funding from the program will ensure rapid relief reaches those that need it most, and that no one is left behind.

Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile, CCMF Sarnia - $3,000

Funds will be used for massage therapy for residents at Standing Oaks, a specialized group home. Most residents are in wheelchairs for lengthy periods of time which can result in limbs that are stiff and hard to move. The massage therapy with a registered RMT will assist with circulation and aide in each resident. The RMT will also monitor each resident’s mobility.

Family Counselling Centre - $38,300

Funds will be used to begin a rigorous volunteer recruitment campaign for the Distress Line and TelCheck service. Due to the pandemic and requirement for physical distancing, the training programs will need to adapt to a virtual training delivery platform. Funds will also be used to purchase equipment for volunteers. This will allow volunteers to safely help those who may be in distress or crisis.

Habitat for Humanity - $5,000

Funds will be used through a partnership with Rotary Club for Habitat for Humanity. Funds will go directly to Habitat to be used for affordable and accessible housing builds.

Kidney Foundation of Canada, Sarnia-Lambton Chapter - $5,000

Funds will be used to provide last-resort financial assistance, funds for transportation to and from dialysis treatment and doctors' appointments, medication, food, blood pressure cuffs, etc.

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario - $15,000

Funds will be used to provide direct client support in Sarnia-Lambton. Direct support includes virtual and community outreach, virtual therapy, education webinars, and online support groups for those living with Parkinson’s Disease.

A full list of agencies receiving ESCF grants is available at www.theunitedway.on.ca.

“Charities and non-profit organizations are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, acting as lifelines for many vulnerable Canadians. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so they can continue their invaluable work.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“These grants will allow us to continue to support vulnerable youth, families, and seniors in Lambton County. As we all settle into our new realities, we are seeing more people accessing non-profit programming out of necessity, a need we are working hard to address.”

– Dave Brown, Executive Director, United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.

Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 31, 2020, or as funds allow. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton website at www.theunitedway.on.ca for eligibility and application details.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support of all kinds, to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability.

The demand for their services has increased dramatically. The Fund is designed to help these organizations carry out their vital work to ensure no one is left behind.

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