On October 5, 2020, United way of Sarnia-Lambton launched a second call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has released the balance of funding for ECSF which is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada and Community Foundations of Canada. Funded by the Government of Canada.
Today, United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this second round of funding. Funded by the Government of Canada. United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has received 21 applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, twelve organizations have been approved for a total of $107,396:
Big Brothers Big Sisters - $3,000
Funds will be used to deliver monthly Activity and Food Boxes to families with at risk youth.
County of Lambton Student Nutrition - $14,000
Funds will be used to offer healthy food choices to children and youth attending publicly funded schools in Lambton County.
Habitat for Humanity - $7,500
Funds will be used to provide critical home maintenance to those in need.
John Howard Society - $15,000
Funds will be used to provide technology devices to allow staff to bring programs into the community and reduce touch points. 2 Lambton Elderly Outreach (2 Grants) - $6,650
$2,500 will be used to provide winter necessities such as hats, gloves, socks to isolated seniors in need who have no family or friends near. $4,150 will be used for the purchase of properly fitted N95 masks for In Home support workers.
Mid Valley Seniors Apartments - $6,896
Funds will be used to assist with purchase of cleaning supplies and labour to maintain COVID cleaning standards as defined by Lambton Public Health.
New Beginnings, ABI & Stroke Recovery - $15,000
Funds will be used to help vulnerable populations such as seniors, low income individuals, stroke & acquired brain injury survivors, isolated individuals and those requiring mental health supports. Purchases may include nutritional food, exercise equipment to loan to those with disabilities, deliver food and other necessities to members in need, purchase technological items for client use.
North Lambton Community Health Centre - $5,000
Funds will be used to support individuals who are homeless or underhoused by providing winter care packages with some essentials. (wool socks, thermal mug, masks, etc.)
River City Vineyard - $10,200
Funds will be used to upgrade laundry facilities with 3 sets of commercial washers and dryers.
VON - $4,150
Funds will be used to provide non-medical face masks to all clients, not required to wear medical grade masks, as a disease transmission precaution and provide certified Mask Fit Tester and Kit for clients with confirmed or potential COVID so that in home nurses decrease the potential to spread viruses from home to home.
Women’s Interval Home - $5,000
Funds will be used to purchase devices and provide virtual programming to clients. YMCA - $15,000
Funds will be used to provide food and wellness supplies weekly to low-income youth and families living in the YMCA Resource House neighbourhoods.
“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
” – Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen
“These additional dollars will allow us to further support charities that are in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to work in partnership with the federal government and help organizations carry out their vital work in the coming months to ensure no one is left behind.” – Dave Brown, Executive Director, United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.