Categories
Uncategorized

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

United Way flows $538,026 in COVID-19 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
 

 
Current

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

Read More
City of London skyline, photo credit itskdoubt
Uncategorized

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.

Read More

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

Categories
News

Cohen Highley LLP Presents Afterlife Crisis

Cohen Highley LLP invites you to enjoy a seriously fun evening with
Author Randal Graham, Actor Raoul Bhaneja and the Honourable Bob Rae.
Participants get a signed copy of the novel and a bottle of Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio or McMannis Cabernet wine (or a $20 LCBO gift card if you live outside of London).
 
The evening includes:
  • A reading by Raoul Bhaneja from Randal Graham’s new novel, Afterlife Crisis;
  • A toast and introduction by the Honourable Bob Rae, and;
  • After… a question, answer, conversation about … Life and Crisis!

Note: Registration has closed.

Download Zoom here.

Current

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

Read More
City of London skyline, photo credit itskdoubt
Uncategorized

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.

Read More

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

Categories
News

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.

Current

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

Read More
City of London skyline, photo credit itskdoubt
Uncategorized

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.

Read More

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

Categories
News

UPwithART 2020 Results!

UPwithART 2020 Results!

Thanks to you, UPwithART 2.0 raised $146K that will go directly towards Unity Project’s housing stability program and Museum London’s children’s programming! We are (almost) speechless at the fact that even during this difficult time, we ended up only $2K shy of last year’s grand total. This is beyond our dreamiest expectations, and we are all so thankful that you chose to be a part of UPwithART despite the pandemic and our “change in venue”. At first, we were unsure of how our online fundraiser (as we understand, the first large online fundraiser in London since the quarantine took effect) would be received, and as the days progressed, we were overwhelmed by such a strong showing of community support.

This year would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and community partners, especially our Diamond Sponsor –  Van Simpson Portfolio Management. Please take a moment to look at these organizations that unflinchingly supported us from the starting block to the finish line.

This was also UPwithART’s 10th anniversary and even after a decade, we are committed to improving and adapting our fundraiser. Help us out by taking this short three-minute survey about your experience to make next year’s fundraiser even better.

Lastly, we want to thank you not only for your financial support, but also for the goodwill you’ve put back into the community, your trust in both of our organizations, and your willingness to make London better for future generations and marginalized communities. Stay safe and we hope to see you next year!

-The UPwithART committee

Current

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

Read More
City of London skyline, photo credit itskdoubt
Uncategorized

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.

Read More

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

Categories
News

UPdates – Love in the Time of COVID-19

UPdates – Love in the Time of COVID-19

The pandemic has unsettled life for all of us. It has heightened and further exposed the failures in our system with the worst effects falling unequally on the marginalized and vulnerable in our society. It is also bringing us together in a collective effort to manage this crisis. To learn more about Unity Project’s pandemic response please visit  www.unityproject.ca/covid-19

Event UPdates

Our fundraising events serve an important function even beyond financial support – they keep us connected. Please stay tuned:

  • UPwithART – being re-imagined as a virtual community event and online auction. Date and Details TBD. www.upwithart.ca
  • UP Golf Classic – Save the Date! 16 September 2020 – just might happen in some physical form. www.upgolfclassic.ca
  • Hockey Helps the Homeless holding dates May 9 and alternate June 27. Click to sponsor UP’s player, Danny Palmer
  • Showdown in the Downtown – 26 September 2020 at Bud Gardens www.showdowninthedowntown.com

Here’s how to show your Love in the Time of COVID-19

  • Stay safe. Please do not deliver unsolicited supply donations.
  • Please do make a financial donation.
  • To assist with pandemic relief costs, please donate via
    https://unityproject.ca/donate-covid-19-response/
  • If you would normally donate in association with one of our events, we would appreciate if you could reserve your anticipated donation and await the links. This will allow us to track event associated revenues (and losses, if any). If you wish to make your donation right away, please indicate the event in memo on your cheque or in online message to charity
    https://unityproject.ca/donate-shelter/

Contact and Details

For donation and sponsorship inquiries, please contact Silvia Langer at slanger@unityproject.ca

Make cheques payale to Unity Project and mail to:
Silvia Langer, Unity Project, 717 Dundas Street, London ON N5W 2Z5

Please note, we are working from home as much as possible and will not attend to our mail frequently. We will make one deposit at month’s end so as to minimize movement, transactions and risk.

Current

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

Read More
City of London skyline, photo credit itskdoubt
Uncategorized

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.

Read More

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

Categories
News

Celebrate Unity Project’s impact and contribute to our future

Unity Project’s Annual General Meeting 

When…
January 20th 2020 from 6-8pm

Where…
TAPROOT – located above The Root Cellar
623 Dundas St, Upper – London, ON N5W 2Z1

Agenda…
6:00  Social (food and refreshments)
6:30  Directors Reports
6:45  Appointment of Auditors
6:50  Election of Directors
7:00  Presentation
7:15  Mortz Awardz for Outstanding Volunteerism
7:30  Adjournment

Membership…
is necessary to vote
is automatic for founding members, current staff, volunteers and residents
is $10 maximum for gainfully employed, or $0 as needed
can be purchased (or waived) at the door

Current

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

Read More
City of London skyline, photo credit itskdoubt
Uncategorized

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.

Read More

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

Categories
News

A Holiday Tradition – Santa Sacks !

A Holiday Tradition – Santa Sacks!

It’s that time of year again where many are coming together to celebrate the giving season with friends and family, and Unity would love your help in bringing the holiday spirit to those without a home or family this season.

Here are some of the items you can donate to Unity for this project: 

  • Socks (white if possible)
  • Underwear
  • Basic Hygiene products – shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes & toothpaste, lip balm, moisturizer, small first aid kits etc
  • Warm outerwear: scarves, hats, mitts, thermal socks
  • Combs/ Brushes
  • Bus Tickets
  • Sweets – Candies, Chocolate, cookies, candy canes etc
  • Gift Cards (i.e Tim Horton’s)
  • Small Non-Perishable foods
    and many other items are always welcomed!

If you are unable to donate an item we are also accepting financial donations. If you’re interested in this avenue please click the following link: Donate for Santa Sacks !

A big thank you and hug to everyone that has chosen to donate to us throughout the year and this holiday season. We, and the youth & adults who access our services daily are extremely grateful for the support you continuously show us. Cheers, and best wishes to all!

For more information/questions contact Manny Liebau: 
Tel: 519-433-8700 ext. 205
Email: mliebau@unityproject.ca 

Current

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

Read More
City of London skyline, photo credit itskdoubt
Uncategorized

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.

Read More

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