United Way Winnipeg donors move quickly to provide emergency funds for the COVID-19 crisis

Agency partners on the front lines are helping Winnipeg’s most vulnerable through this challenging time.

During this global pandemic, we’ve already seen how our lives will change, and we’ve been asked to prepare, practice social distancing, and make responsible decisions with respect to how we conduct our businesses.

We also know that many may not be able to adequately prepare. Many do not have a support system around them if they need to self-isolate, or if they become ill.

People who live in poverty, homeless youth, seniors, and many others are at risk. Mental health challenges are affecting us all. And the agency partners working on the front lines with these vulnerable populations are stretched ever more thinly as they confront changes to their own operations and greater need in the community.

Help is available at our network of family resource centres.

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How United Way Winnipeg donors are helping

United Way Winnipeg has been keeping in contact with agencies to learn about how they are approaching the current situation.

Knowing that a number of agencies are doing the best they can to support their communities, United Way Winnipeg has responded quickly with additional support, and is partnering with The Winnipeg Foundation to get even more dollars out into the community.

The focus has been on the at-risk population of Winnipeggers experiencing homelessness, and people who access our network of family resource centres for basic needs and programming.

Basic needs like laundry are available at many of our partner family resource centres.

The community response to COVID-19 among homeless-serving agencies

United Way Winnipeg has been a part of the multi-sectoral COVID-19 Community Response Team that is being led (by phone) by End Homelessness Winnipeg and includes public health agencies, the City of Winnipeg Emergency Operations Centre, as well as numerous agency partners/community-based agencies that are working to support individuals experiencing homelessness.

Agencies that work with individuals who are experiencing homelessness or who are precariously housed, are experiencing particular challenges in relation to social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Agencies are doing their best to support those who are homeless and precariously housed by making adjustments to shelters in order to achieve social distancing recommendations, as well as providing food, cleaning products, etc.

Our donors have provided the funds for emergency investment in 14 agencies that serve Winnipeggers most at risk of homelessness and the dangers in brings in the time of COVID-19.

“This is wonderful, much needed support in our battle to protect our most vulnerable from COVID-19.”

Rick Lees, Main Street Project

Helping family resource centres reach families during social distancing

The Winnipeg Foundation and United Way Winnipeg have partnered to provide immediate assistance to family resource centers that are part of the For Every Family Initiative across our city, and are supporting individuals and families under stress through this incredibly challenging and uncertain time. Support for the family resource centres will assist in their efforts to provide emergency services, care packages of food, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products for families.

This is made possible thanks to the Moffat Family Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation and United Way Winnipeg donors.

Our donors have made it possible to extend emergency funding to these family resource centres:

“You have no idea how helpful this is going to be, and the burden it will remove, so that we can focus on what the community needs. Utmost gratitude and love to you and the donors!”

Cynthia Drebot, North End Women’s Centre

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