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Emergency Supports Helping Seniors Throughout the District

United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Tuesday, 30 June 2020

United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario (UWCNEO) has deployed close to $160,000 in funding to organizations across the District to help seniors navigate COVID-19 with funding made available through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“United Way has a long history in our communities. It’s through these connections that we were able to convene experts to quickly identify needs, and then mobilize and coordinate funding where it was needed most,” said Mary Lou Hussak, executive director with UWCNEO. “In total, $9 million in Federal funds were distributed by United Ways across Canada proportionally based on the local population of seniors 55+. The dollars that we received locally were invested to help meet the needs of seniors in our community.”

“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.”
- Honorable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors

Hussak adds, “In our district, funding was used to support 43 programs and initiatives that addressed basic needs (food, grocery and prescription delivery, gift card programs, hot meals, and personal care items), outreach, and social support through check-ins of at-risk and isolated seniors in urban, rural and remote communities.”

A complete listing of the 43 programs that received New Horizons for Seniors Program funding is available at uwcneo.com.


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

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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.