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Community Response Fund Continues to Help Charities Across North East Ontario

United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Monday, 11 May 2020

Almost $70,000 in emergency funding has been distributed to local charitable organizations through United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario’s (UWCNEO) Local Love in a Global Crisis Community Response Fund (CRF) and The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funded by the Government of Canada.

“The CRF was established to provide local, frontline charitable organizations with emergency funding to help meet the basic needs of individuals struggling through the COVID-19 health crisis,” says Mary Lou Hussak, executive director with UWCNEO. “In addition to our local fund, the Government of Canada has provided funding through their New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster social inclusion. To date, we have been able to invest nearly $70,000 into programs and initiatives across the North East District.”

“While physical distancing is essential to protecting seniors from COVID-19, it risks isolating them from their community. That is why the Government of Canada is proud to work with United Way Canada to help support the needs of seniors during this difficult time. By using local expertise, this funding will help provide support tailored to the unique local needs of seniors across the country. As we work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, the government is supporting Canadians every step of the way.”
- Member of Parliament Paul Lefebvre, on behalf of the Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte

A full listing of organizations and programs that have received funding through the Community Response Fund or the New Horizons for Seniors Program is available at uwcneo.com.

Hussak adds, “UWCNEO continues to work with our elected officials at all levels of government, public health organizations, and the community at large to identify needs and coordinate funding where it is needed most. We encourage charitable organizations that are experiencing an increase in demand for services that address basic needs or provide support to seniors to apply for funding. Information, including the applications, are available at uwcneo.com.

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About the Local Love in a Global Crisis Community Response Fund
UWCNEO established the Community Response Fund to provide emergency grants to local charitable organizations working to meet the basic needs of individuals disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Fund will be distributed through community-based organizations (Registered Charities delivering local programs).

About United Way
For almost four decades, UWCNEO has been a part of the social fabric that connects our community. Our strength is bringing people together to address complex issues and improve the lives of vulnerable people in our community. We invest in programs and collaborations that create lasting change. For more information, visit www.uwcneo.com.

About the New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides grants and contributions for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. To provide immediate essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing $9 million under the NHSP to be distributed through United Way Canada network. These funds will help organizations providing support to seniors dealing with the impact of COVID-19.

Media Contact
Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director
T: 705-560-3330 ext. 201


For decades, UWCNEO has been committed to making our community a place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. In addition to research and advocacy, we invest in the most effective local programs in the areas of poverty, community and kids.