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Help us reach our goal to fill 100 Santa Sacks for Unity Project Participants!

Help us reach our goal to fill 100 Santa Sacks for Unity Project Participants!

 

Here is a safe, fun and virtual way for you to bring real comfort and joy to individuals who are experiencing homelessness and staying at Unity Project this holiday season.

This year is a little different … a lot different! Unity Project is unable to accept in-kind donations, so we are are offering something new to fill the gap and replace the joy our donors get from gathering, giving and delivering all the Santa Sack goodies.

How do I help Unity Project fill 100 Santa Sacks? 
You can purchase individual items to stuff a single Santa Sack or purchase 1, 2, or even 10 complete Santa Sacks!

How will my donation be used?   
Your donation will be used to purchase all the items needed for the Santa Sacks. We will shop at and support local businesses wherever possible, just as you would if you were shopping for us.

100 beautiful knapsacks to fill … Click the button below, and let’s reach this goal together!

Want to donate by cheque?
Please include “Santa Sacks” on the memo line, make the cheque payable to Unity Project, and mail to: Unity Project, Attn: Silvia Langer, 717 Dundas Street, London ON N5W 2Z5.
 
Want to host a fundraiser among friends, family, workplace or congregation?
Facebook and PayPal Giving Fund Canada have partnered to make it easy for you to give financially, and accountably with donations going directly to Unity Project’s account. And, your group’s donors receive a charitable tax receipt! Click this link to learn more!

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717 Dundas Street
London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

717 Dundas Street
London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

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GivingTuesday is today!

Today is GivingTuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a time when communities can harness the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. London, your eagerness to help UP warms our hearts, and we will continue to honour your support by doing our best to meet our participants’ needs and address London’s housing crisis.

In truth, we send you this message to not only celebrate a single day, but to express our gratitude for all of the support you have given us during the past two weeks. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed system gaps that must be filled, and we rely on our supporters to help us advocate for, usher in and put into practice the change we need to address homelessness in London.

There is still time to donate:
Today is your last day to donate to our Giving Tuesday campaign. Your gift will receive extra clout thanks to a generous matching pledge from Chris and Lina Bowden (up to $5,000), but only until the end of today! If you were looking to donate, now is the time to do it!

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t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

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Finch Auto Group – Match My Donation

Finch Auto Group – Match My Donation

Each month from now until the end of the year, Finch Auto Group will donate $50,000 to local causes… that you donate to first!

How does it work? Just visit www.finchmatchmydonation.com and fill out a simple form including proof of donation and THEY WILL DOUBLE IT up to a maximum of $1,000/personal donation, upon drawing your donation from among the submitted “ballots” — up to $50,000 per month (September 1 – December 31, 2020).

Eligible donations include those made since September 1, 2020 … so make a donation today and dig up those receipts to stuff the ballot box! As long as your donation was made on or after September 1, you can submit a ballot!

Together, and with this kind campaign, we can make a huge difference in our community.

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t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

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What is the solution to homelessness and poverty?

What is the solution to homelessness and poverty?

Written by Chuck Lazenby, our Executive Director

What is the solution to homelessness and poverty? I have been asked this question countless times since the origins of Unity Project as a tent city protest in 2001. My answer has not changed in two decades: Housing is the solution to homelessness. Income is the solution to poverty.

Collectively, we have known the solution for years:

  1. Increase minimum wage and social assistance rates and ultimately we need a basic/minimum income (by the way, we could and should do that tomorrow, easy!), and;

  2. Create truly affordable, quality housing whether through de-commodification of housing, rent controls, refurb/retrofit/maintenance, or new public housing builds (by the way, creating jobs in the process).

Income and housing are the foundation from which we begin to support individuals as part of the community. People must be supported in their physical, mental and social well-being to maintain stability and achieve belonging, both as recovery from the trauma of homelessness and prevention against a constant cycle of new people.

It is not complicated. It serves the collective good. Yup, we are all in this together. Yet, collectively, we cannot coalesce around sound, actionable public policy. We tear our hair out coming up with new charity programming, but skirt around the real and obvious solutions. Why? Because collectively, we cannot shake ourselves free of the myth of our economic system; that homelessness and poverty is a personal crisis which belongs to the individual. This is a stigma. It is a falsehood. It blinds us to the systemic issue and results in our collective acceptance (and yes, the benefits to some) of inhumane public policy.

This is not a failure of government. The system is not broken. The system is working exactly as it geared and tooled to work. High unemployment keeps wages low. Miserable poverty and homelessness keeps low-wage workers saying “Yes, boss”. Thus, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Homelessness is increasing because poverty, like wealth, is an inheritance.

That means that more and more of us are climbing into that poverty boat or it is inching toward us, and our children and grandchildren, as the cost of living increases and our incomes remain relatively static or disappear.

The fact that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) base level income for people struggling during the pandemic is more than double the social assistance rates for people struggling before the pandemic, really demonstrates that we punish people for being poor. Our public policy reflects our belief that poverty is a personal failure. We have labelled homelessness as defining the person (as undeserving) rather than a socio-economic and public health crisis that they experience (like a pandemic).

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed system gaps and failures. It also mobilized a system response.

Let us take this rare window of opportunity to challenge our own thinking and drive a social culture that demands a shift to foundational supports that are, now quite obviously, within our collective capacity and reach.

We need to shift from pity to compassion. We must shift from answering questions to questioning ourselves. We must shift from throwing up our hands to making demands of all of our elected officials. Because it’s clear we know what to do. It’s time to do it.


This article was written for London’s Vital Signs. The article can be found here.

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www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

717 Dundas Street
London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001