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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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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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Hockey Helps the Homeless key update

Hockey Helps the Homeless – Key Update

Please give in support of the the Hockey Helps the Homeless Canada Life Cup. 

Until September 30, you can donate through the Unity Project Frontline Team to support three local homeless support agencies in London: Merrymount, Mission Services, and Unity Project. 

Hockey tournament or not, it’s bigger than the game and we can all be part of the solution. 

Please help our team by clicking here and donating to one of our team members! 

The Unity Project Frontline Team has pledged to raise $5,000 of London’s $100,000 total goal. You can help us get there. Want to join our team and help raise funds? Contact Silvia Langer at slanger@unityproject.ca

Donating via cheque? 

Cheques should be made payable to Hockey Helps the Homeless and mailed to Head Office at 44 East Beaver Creek, Unit #4, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 1G8. Please specify player name in the memo line. Tax receipts will be issued upon the receipt of the donation for all gifts $25 and above. 

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