The United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Response Fund will see new donations matched by a generous grant from Ray and Paul Di Rinaldo and the team at RDR Wealth Management.
The grant will apply to donations made to the United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Response Fund up to a maximum amount, according to a release from the United Way, dated Friday, Apr. 9, 2021. The fund was established in March 2020 to address increased needs due to the pandemic.
RDR Wealth Management supported the fund when it first launched last year and, as the impact of the pandemic continues, they wanted to help the community again, the United Way said in the release.
“RDR Wealth Management is pleased to partner with the United Way on this important fundraising initiative. We continue to live in difficult times and the needs of our community continue to increase,” said Paul Di Rinaldo, President and CEO of RDR Wealth Management. “We wanted to do something to inspire others to give and it made the most sense to work with the United Way to maximize our impact in the local community.”
Donations to the response fund allow the United Way to continue investing funds where they are needed most and to work with agencies to ensure they can serve all residents, especially the most vulnerable.
“We know there is still a great need in our community. In conversations with agencies, we have learned that some are seeing a significant increase in first time clients – people who have never accessed these services before,” said Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way KFL&A. “This donation from RDR Wealth Management will help our agencies continue to address these needs. We are grateful for their support and hope that the matching grant inspires others to give if they can.”
Last year, United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington helped 76,000 people in the region through 70 local agencies and more than 220 programs, according to the release.
Thanks to donations to the response fund in 2020, 6,000 individuals were helped with meal delivery and healthy food box programs; 676 individuals received support through technology assistance and 1,105 individuals received counselling support through virtual sessions, the United Way said.
For more information about the COVID-19 Response Fund and to donate visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca/covid19.