United Way distributes $1.2 million to help people impacted by COVID-19

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The United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) distributed almost $1.2 million throughout area communities from June 10 to July 15, through the federal government’s Emergency Community Support Fund.
The funding is to help local residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 by enabling charities and non-profits to adapt their services or launch new programs in response to the pandemic. 
“This funding is not just helping our critical charities and non-profits, but all those residents who rely on the services they provide, services that disappeared almost overnight,” says UWSM CEO, Dale Biddell. “With more than 60 years of experience funding charities and helping our most vulnerable, United Way Simcoe Muskoka has the expertise and positioning to get these funds where they need to be, when they are needed.”
The fund has distributed more than $300 million across Canada to United Way, Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada.
There are 45 local charities and non-profits that have received funding through United Way Simcoe Muskoka and the Emergency Community Support Fund. These organizations facilitate programs that address food security, women, youth, seniors, adult education, pandemic relief, in-home care, social isolation, barriers to technology, mental health challenges and more. 
“Our Community Impact review team has been delighted to support so much great work that is responding to the unexpected demands of COVID-19,” says Rosslyn Junke, Director of Community Impact at UWSM. “Despite these trying times, we are seeing lots of innovation and collaboration as agencies nimbly respond to support those who need it most.” 
For more information on United Way Simcoe Muskoka’s COVID-19 response, please visithttps://www.uwsimcoemuskoka.ca