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Posted: August 7, 2020

$202,868 invested in region by United Way EK

United Way East Kootenay (UWEK) has granted $202,868 through the Government of Canada and United Way Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help the most vulnerable people in our communities.

UWEK is pleased to announce it is supporting 10 organizations located in Cranbrook/Kimberley, the Columbia and Elk Valley and Creston. Funding supports charities to adapt their frontline services to help vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 19, UWEK launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund. The ECSF is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross to support those who need it most.

UWEK would like to thank the UWEK Impact Council for their time and local expertise in making these decisions. Together we are able to make the biggest impact possible.

With this funding, individuals will have increased access to counselling, isolated people will be connected to outreach and youth will be supported in activities and support.

As a local funder focusing on local solutions, we focus on collective, community-based solutions. Because of our ongoing community development efforts, we are able to work cohesively with the community and local organizations to determine existing needs and forecast what may be needed should another surge of COVID-19 impact our region.

From funding for food security, seniors supports, homelessness initiatives, COVID-19 environmental adaptations to school counselling and youth supports – the range of impact in our communities for vulnerable populations is vast.

This pandemic response funding is one aspect of helping vulnerable people across the region cope with the impacts of COVID-19. Everyday needs are becoming apparent throughout the region.

Caring citizens and those with the ability to give are welcome to contribute to the Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign, which helps local people with basic needs.

United Way East Kootenay

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