Vancouver Island non-profits get funding top-up to support at-risk people during pandemic

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Over 57 non-profits on Vancouver Island that work with vulnerable people have received funding from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI).

The $407, 451 funding for local charities was made possible through a second round of funding from Government of Canada’s emergency community support fund and corporate donors. The federal funds amount to $380,600 and $29,375 comes from corporate donors.

The funding was made available to some of the previously funded organizations to supplement their COVID-19 related project costs.

The funds aim to help at-risk Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those experiencing homelessness as well as agencies that have seen an increase in demand for their services.

The $350 million emergency community support fund was first announced by the Government of Canada in April, 2020 and UWCNVI funded 80 agencies through the first round of $1.26M funding.

The investment helped support front-line service agencies adapt their processes and programs to continue to support vulnerable individuals and families through the pandemic.

Campbell River AVI Health & Community Services, Campbell River Volunteer Society, Campbell River and North Island Transition Society, Campbell River Head Injury Support Society are among some of the organizations to receive funding through this stream.

“We are proud to work in partnership with the federal government and help our local partner organizations carry out their vital work providing emergency support to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability,” said Signy Madden, executive director, UWCNVI.

“Since the pandemic was declared, our community partner agencies have been working endlessly to ensure that our vulnerable neighbours are getting the help they need – but the need keeps increasing. We have to continue to work together to make sure that no one is left behind,” she said in a statement.

Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Campbell River Mirror