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UWCNEO flows over $970K in COVID-19 funding relief to frontline services across the District

United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Monday, 17 August 2020

North East, ON, August 17, 2020 – On May 19, United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario (UWCNEO) launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), a fund that provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the Government of Canada, the ECSF is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

“UWCNEO is pleased to announce that through the ECSF, over $970,000 in relief grants have been approved and are now being deployed across the North East District to help charities meet high priority needs related to COVID-19,” says Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director with UWCNEO. “These much-needed investments are being deployed to community-based charities that have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that additional programs and services including food-based supports, mental health initiatives, outreach, and support for seniors are available in our communities.”

“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so they can continue to help those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

In total, UWCNEO announced that 28 organizations received grants including:

  • Harvest Share Community Food Programs received $40,408 to support the implementation of a food delivery program offered through their foodbank
  • Older Adult Centre Sudbury/Centre des Aines de Sudbury received $32,500 for the expansion of ParkSide Centre’s Without Walls program to increase recreational, educational and social programming for seniors in Greater Sudbury
  • The Timmins Family Counselling Centre received $34,890 to respond to the increased demand for mental health counselling
  • Noojmowin-Teg Health Centre received $50,000 to address food security through equitable access to local food
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane-Timiskaming received $76,860 in funding to increase access to technology for vulnerable populations in Timiskaming

To view a full listing of the 28 programs that received funding, click here.


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. We invest in programs and collaborations that create lasting change. For more information, visit www.uwcneo.com.

About ECSF
The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

Media Contact

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

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