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Community Response Fund Continues to Help Charities Across North East Ontario

United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Friday, 1 May 2020

Seven community-based charities from across the District are the latest recipients to get emergency funding through United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario’s (UWCNEO) Local Love in a Global Crisis Community Response Fund.

“The Community Response Fund was established to provide frontline charitable organizations with funding to help meet the basic needs of those struggling through the COVID-19 health crisis,” says Mary Lou Hussak, executive director with UWCNEO. “While we’ve all been affected by COVID-19, socio-economic and health inequities have disproportionately impacted our communities’ most vulnerable citizens.”

The Cornerstone Christian Assembly of Manitoulin, the Mattawa Food Bank, the Kapuskasing Food Bank, Community Living in Parry Sound, and the Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury/Manitoulin have received funding to help address food insecurity.

The Municipality of Magnetawan and the Municipality of McDougall, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Parry Sound, have also received funding to help ensure that at-risk seniors have access to programs including hot meals and grocery and prescription delivery through funding made possible by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“On March 29th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $9M investment by the Government of Canada to support seniors across the country. Our local United Way has been working with our MP’s, municipal governments and public health organizations to identify needs and coordinate funding where it is needed most urgently,” says Hussak. “We’ve expedited our processes and review applications every week to ensure that funds are activated as timely as possible.”

“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.”
- The Honorable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors

Hussak encourages 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. Individuals seeking support are encouraged to call 2-1-1 to find out about available programs and services in their community. The service is free, confidential, and available 24 hours, seven days a week, in over 150 different languages.


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 Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario
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.