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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
 

 
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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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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.

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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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Financial donations are needed – now more than ever

Financial donations are needed – now more than ever

London is full of great people seeking to know what supplies they can help us assemble in this time of crisis. This post will address that matter.

Please share it widely with your social circles. Financial donations are needed, now more than ever. We need to minimize interactions with donors both at the front and back end so as to maximize the effectiveness of your compassion and generosity.

We must reduce physical transactions conducted at our shelter to protect participants, frontline staff and community. We need to streamline our limited human resources to priority tasks in shelter and not in complex community organizing (thought there may come a time for that).

The postponement of our flagship fundraiser, UPwithART (and possibly future events) will hit us hard. Monetary donations allow us to purchase exactly what we need, when we need it, and utilizing the safest delivery methods possible.

Please consider the amount of money you would have spent on goods and gas and convert that into a monetary donation. You can even add a little for the tax you will save and the tax credit you will get. You can encourage your friends and family to do the same.

You can donate online directly through our website (via Canada Helps) (links below) or mail cheques attention Silvia Langer. Attention of Silvia Langer Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London 717 Dundas Street London ON N5W 2Z5 t 519 433 8700 ext 201 c 519 494 4360.

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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