The United Way Board of Directors has moved forward with the approval of two more Compassion Fund grants. With today’s announcement, 15 grants have been issued totaling $74,000. The Compassion Fund was created in response to Lambton County not-for-profits who needed assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations to the fund are used to support local agencies with 100% of all donations directed to help Lambton County’s most vulnerable. The Board of Directors would like to thank Scotiabank for its $2,500 donation to the fund. “Thank you to Scotiabank for making a difference in the lives of others,” said Vicky Ducharme, Campaign Chair for United Way of Sarnia-Lambton. “We couldn’t help the citizens of our community without your generosity.” Huron House Boys Home - $5,000 The Huron House Boys Home works to develop and implement programs to enable their residents (boys aged 12-18) to make positive changes in their lives. Staff are now required on site when the residents would typically be offsite in school. Funds will be used for additional staffing costs as well as food, personal and cleaning supplies. North Lambton Community Health Centre - $5,000 The Harm Reduction & Hepatitis C Care Team at North Lambton Community Health Centre continues to provide modified services during COVID-19. Funds will help clients who need transportation to Sarnia for services such as Opioid Substitution Therapy and laboratory services; provide home delivery of harm reduction supplies, non-perishable food, hygiene products and other essentials, and provide phone cards to continue to conduct all appointments over the phone. 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.
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