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United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Wednesday, 29 April 2020

United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario, Volunteer Sudbury, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and the City of Greater Sudbury are partnering on a shared initiative aimed at connecting volunteers to local opportunities that support individuals and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Over this past month, we’ve witnessed many community members taking an active role in supporting vulnerable people through volunteerism. From small acts of kindness to grass-root initiatives, every action is making a difference in helping to ensure that individuals disproportionately impacted by this health crisis are receiving essential support,” says Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director with UWCNEO. “Front-line agencies have shared that sourcing and training volunteers have become increasingly difficult with physical distancing measures. By partnering with local experts and collaborating, we are streamlining processes to recruit, identify and match volunteers.”

Alanna LaHay, Executive Director with Volunteer Sudbury, adds, “Volunteers are the heart of our community, and can provide essential as well as meaningful help to citizens who need it - especially in a pandemic situation. We recognize the importance volunteerism has on mental and social well-being. Through collaboration with partners, we are ensuring that citizens exploring opportunities to lend a hand within COVID-19 Volunteer Response can do so in a safe, and supportive manner.”

In March 2020, UWCNEO launched the Local Love in A Global Crisis Community Response Fund; an initiative targeted to meeting basic needs and providing support for seniors through programs and services. It is also helping to provide capacity for community services and support for volunteers.

“We encourage people who are interested in volunteering to visit uwcneoconnect.com to fill out a short survey to get the process started,” says Hussak, adding, “Once the survey is complete, we will share the information with Volunteer Sudbury to follow-up.”

In addition to the volunteer component, uwcneoconnect.com is a place where individuals needing support can fill out a quick questionnaire that will help United Way better connect them to available community programs including food, grocery and prescription delivery, and friendly telephone checks.

If you would like more information about volunteering, please visit uwcneoconnect.com.

For more information about UWCNEO’s Local Love in a Global Crisis Community Response Fund, visit uwcneo.com/covid.html


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), help for seniors, capacity for community services and support for volunteers. 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 target lasting change. For more information, visit www.uwcneo.com.

About Volunteer Sudbury
For 15 years, Volunteer Sudbury / Bénévolat Sudbury has impacted the community as a volunteer resource centre that acts as the link between organizations and volunteers for the enrichment of Greater Sudbury. We believe in promoting, encouraging, and facilitating meaningful volunteer experiences to increase social inclusion. For more information, visit https://www.volunteersudbury.com/.

Media Contacts:
Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director, UWCNEO
m.hussak@uwcneo.com T: 705-560-3330 ext. 201

Alanna LaHay, Executive Director, Volunteer Sudbury / Bénévolat Sudbury
alanna@volunteersudbury.com T: 705-560-6661 / 705-482-7422


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.