The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton Board of Directors has approved Compassion Fund grants to the River City Vineyard and the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. With today’s approval, 17 local non-profits have applied for and received emergency funding to help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am proud that we are able to get donations into the hands of the agencies who need it most in these uncertain times,” said United Way Board of Directors Vice President, Al McChesney. “Being able to keep up with the demand so that agencies can help those who need it most is vital, and we are so thankful to each member of the community who has donated to the Compassion Fund. “ River City Vineyard - $5,000 The River City Vineyard’s food bank and homeless shelter has seen an increase in need while donations have decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be used to purchase food, personal and cleaning supplies. YMCA Southwestern Ontario - $5,000 The YMCA Resource Houses in Sarnia serve youth (age 4-12) in three geared to income neighborhoods in Sarnia. The Youth receive 2 healthy meals and a nutritional snack each school day. Funds will be used to support the program youth and their families who are experiencing hunger, lack of supports and community engagement while community programs are on hold and unavailable. The Compassion Fund is comprised of community donations from those who want to help our most vulnerable in the wake of COVID-19. Donations can be made online at www.theunitedway.on.ca or by calling 519-336-5452. For more information, please contact Dave Brown, Executive Director at 519-384-9270. Please note the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton office is closed but all office staff are working remotely and have email, telephone, and voicemail access.