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United Way flows $538,026 in COVID-19 relief

United Way flows $538,026 in COVID relief

Unity Project is thrilled to be one of the 13 charities a grant from United Way Elgin Middlesex, in the amount of $27,429. The Government of Canada released $73.9M, the balance of funding for the $350M ECSF, which is being administered locally in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

On October 5, 2020, United Way Elgin Middlesex launched a second call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified beneficiaries adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, United Way was pleased to share that 13 organizations have been approved for a total of $538,026 in grants to support local programs around London, Elgin and Middlesex. 

This grant comes at a crucial moment. London is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be for quite some time. Individuals experiencing homelessness are not only at an increased risk of contracting the virus, but are also further marginalized without the resources to ensure their safety and wellness. Unity Project will use this funding to purchase masks, hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment for our participants. This will not only help them keep safe in public life, but also empower them as full citizens of our city, with resources in-hand. This, we hope, will allow them to access and enjoy public spaces, such as restaurants or stores, as well as participate in public life. 

We cannot understate just how important this gift is to us. Since moving our main shelter operations to the hotel, we have continually faced new, emerging challenges. Perhaps chief among these challenges is helping our participants with social distancing and adhering to public health policies and recommendations . 

Since our doors opened in August 2003, we have been known as London’s littlest shelter and Canada’s largest participatory shelter. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has significantly affected how we operate. At the hotel,  we increased our typical occupancy, managing rooms, for seniors and those with health conditions which make them most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. Intake has been centralized through the City of London, but Unity Project is still responsible for safeguarding the health and wellness of our participants. We want to see them thrive in their communities and we want to see systems change that will protect individuals experiencing homelessness in poverty.

Thankfully, United Way’s grant will help us realize this goal.
“We are proud to administer the Emergency Community Support Fund locally on behalf of the Government of Canada, alongside the London Community Foundation and their peers in Elgin and Aylmer… This critical investment will ensure rapid relief reaches those who need it most. It’s just one way we’re working together to keep our region strong through an uncertain recovery.” 

– Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex
 

 
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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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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!

(Update, Jan. 2021: this year’s Santa Sacks campaign has concluded. Thank you so much for your generous support!)

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Sample Letter to Elected Officials

Call to action: sample letter

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed system gaps and failures. It also mobilized a system response and my appetite for real change. I know that I am not alone. We are all in this together! 

I am grateful for the progress that my community has made thus far in protecting homeless individuals.

But London is still in a housing and homelessness crisis and this, in itself, is a public health crisis that demands action. It is a crisis that will grow during this time if we don’t do something about it.

That the $2000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) income for people struggling during the pandemic was more than double the social assistance rates for people struggling before the pandemic, really demonstrates that we punish people for being poor. The CERB should be instated as a permanent policy of basic income that provides every Canadian a foundation for stability.

It’s time that we recognize the unique mental and physical health challenges that disproportionately affect people experiencing homelessness and poverty. We need to treat substance use as a health issue ensuring people have access to safe supply and an adequate system of treatment options.

It’s time that we put policy in place that ensures housing as a human right instead of the commodity it is today. Safe, affordable, and adequate housing is the foundation to any person’s ability to be to successful and should be guaranteed for everyone.

Housing, with supports, is the solution to homelessness and income the solution to poverty.

As my elected representative, I beg you to rise from your seat and raise our collective voice in support of humane public policy.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME and ADDRESS here

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717 Dundas Street
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t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

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t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001