A second round of support has come through for Dundalk's Legion, which has been closed to rentals and public use since the pandemic shut-downs began more than one year ago.
MP Alex Ruff’s office announced new grants to area Legions to help with costs like insurance, utilities, rent or mortgages, property taxes, and wages.
No could have anticipated how long closures would last and how far-reaching they would be when Legions first closed their doors, the MPP said.
“It is important that when we come out of the pandemic these cornerstones of our community can reopen their doors,” Ruff said.
Receiving funds locally were the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 285 – Dundalk; RCL Branch 308 – Durham and RCL Branch 333 - Flesherton / Markdale.
The total amount distributed to branches in Phase II and III across Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound is just under $90,000. Among all three phases it has been about $171,819.09
The Dundalk Legion recently concluded its most recent fundraising effort - a draw for two beautiful prizes which were hand-crafted by local residents, who donated them. One was a painting with vibrant red poppies and contrasting black abstract shapes, and the other a pinweel-patterned quilt.
The branch also operates the local bottle return, which has provided some revenue, in a year without the usual income from room rentals, dances, karaoke nights and use of the licenced Members' Room.
Eric Ross District C Commander said, “As the District Commander of the Royal Canadian Legion for these Branches, I wish to thank Alex and the federal government for recognizing the value of the Legion Branches not only in this riding but across Canada.
“Without this federal funding and the resilience of the members of the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound branches, things would be a lot worse.
“This funding has assisted in keeping branch operations going while allowing members to maintain their commitment to veterans, youth, and the community.”
MP Ruff said he was happy that there were additional Legions receiving funding in the latest rund, as the role that Legion offer in spporting veterans and their families is crucial.
“Thank you to all the Legion branches for their place in our communities and the important work they do.”
The money was distributed to local legions through Dominion Command.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald