Local United Way grants $817,000 to community programs through Emergency Community Support Fund

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington put out a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the Government of Canada, the ECSF is is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

On Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2020, United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) released an update on the recipients of this funding. The United Way KFL&A received over $1.3 million in requests from community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. A panel of experienced local volunteers reviewed all the applications. To date, 42 programs have been approved for a total of $817,295.

A full list of the agencies and programs receiving funds can be found at the end of this article and at www.unitedwaykfla.ca/grants/

“United Way KFL&A is proud to facilitate this important investment into our local communities. Agencies in our community have risen to the challenge of adapting to COVID-19 in innovative, collaborative, and compassionate ways,” said Bhavana Varma, President and CEO, United Way KFL&A in a statement. “This fund will allow local organizations to continue their vital work and expand their programming where needed. United Way is grateful for this much-needed support through the federal government during this global crisis.”

Emergency Community Support Fund Grants

AllSteps Child CareTraining and PPE to allow daycare to open safely
Alzheimer Society Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and AddingtonVirtual programming for people living with dementia -socialization and stimulation virtually and support for caregivers
Addiction and Mental Health Services (AMHS) KFLAStreet Outreach RN – provides service to homeless with medical needs
Bereaved Families of Ontario – KingstonElectronic tablets to help serve clients during pandemic
Boys and Girls Club, Loving Spoonful, Youth DiversionPPEs, cleaning staff to support the safe re-opening of the Robert Meek Centre with a number of agencies
Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN)Covid-19 Response Project — outreach and support to children and families affected by incarceration
Canadian Hearing ServicesMental Health Counselling – “Connect” – virtual counselling for clients and mental health support
Centre for Abuse and Trauma TherapyCovid Crisis Counselling  for individuals with heightened mental health issues due to pandemic.
Community Church of The Salvation Army (Napanee)Community and Family Services & Food Bank — expanded food hamper and delivery program
Dawn House Services and Housing for WomenFood Security — Meal program for women living in transitional and supportive housing
Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and AddingtonPPE kits for individual and families  
Girls Inc.Curbside visits and virtual check ins
H’art Centre of SmilesSolos from Home — arts-based workshops which participants can complete while at home
HIV/AIDS Regional ServicesHealthy meal and basic needs program providing to-go meals
Independent Living Centre KingstonIndependent Living Support Services – connecting people with supports for food, home care, counseling services
Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK)Halal meal delivery program – delivering meals daily to newcomers, refugee families, international students 
Kidney FoundationGrocery store gift cards for dialysis patients with lower incomes
Kingston Community Health CentresSeniors’ Food Box — continuation of new free Seniors’ Food Box  initiative for vulnerable and low-income seniors
Kingston Community Health CentresACEs and Trauma informed care through virtual sessions to help individuals struggling with emotional and financial effects of the pandemic
Kingston Community Health CentresVirtual Youth Hub of Lennox and Addington — allowing marginalized youth and their families to connect with a Youth Outreach Worker
Kingston Community Health CentresCOVID-19 – Good Food Boxes — free or low cost food boxes
Kingston Community Health CentresKingston Immigration Partnership (Racial discrimination) – technical support for discussions
Kingston Community Health CentresKingston Immigration Partnership (Translation of COVID materials) — printed materials, audio recordings and workshops to provide correct information
Kingston Community Health Centres – Immigrant Services Kingston & AreaIncreased support for newcomer volunteers allowing newcomers to maintain social connections
Kingston Employment and Youth Services IncEmployment, Training, Settle — services for vulnerable youth in Kingston between 16-24yrs
Kingston Interval HouseRobin’s Hope COVID-19 Relief — gift cards and supplies to women & children in second stage housing
Kingston Youth Shelter Project IncorporatedEmployee wages and essential services – cleaning during pandemic and transportation services for youth
L&A Seniors Outreach ServicesSeniors Without Walls – virtual, multi-person phone conversations and supports for seniors
Lion Hearts IncOdessa Community Garden – charity garden to provide essential produce to emergency food providers
Maltby CentreSupports for those experiencing new or increased mental health and/or trauma related issues due to pandemic
Martha’s Table Community ProgramExtended meal service during Covid-19 pandemic
Morningstar Mission Relief IncPrepared meal distribution, increase to more days and meals a week
New Leaf LinkTech support for programs serving adults with developmental disabilities in rural areas
Outreach St. George’s KingstonLunch By George COVID-19 Food Program – increased staffing for meal services and cleaning services
Resolve Counselling of CanadaBuilding Resilience with Trauma Survivors during Covid – virtual psychoeducational services to people who have experienced childhood abuse and are living with mental health issues.
Rural Frontenac Community ServicesWe Care – activity kits for children in rural Frontenac
Seniors Association Kingston RegionSeniors Centre Without Walls (SCWW) – Low barrier technology program to help seniors facing mental health and isolation
Sexual Assault Centre KingstonExpansion of online services and transition of recruitment and training of volunteers
St. Lawrence Youth AssociationCommunity Services – providing clients with cell phones and data plans to use for video calling, access to counselling, therapy and other services
Telephone Aid Line Kingston (TALK)Telephone Aid Line Kingston Covid-19 Service Delivery Project — provides listening and emotional support to callers
The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in CanadaThe Salvation Army Kingston Community and Family Services – expansion of food pantry program

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations,” said The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.”

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