The United Way Perth-Huron says it distributed over $800-thousand to support vulnerable and newly vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 7, UWPH launched a call to non-profits and other qualified applicants working to adapt services and support the local community.
They say a volunteer-led committee reviewed applications and, in total, 41 grants were issued through the COVID-19 Urgent Need Fund, the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors
Program and Emergency Community Support Fund and the Social Service Relief Fund.
UWPH says it also created an Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals, designed to support local residents in a time of crisis by helping with essentials like rent, groceries and medication.
Since the UNFI’s launch, the UWPH says over $70,000 has been distributed by social services in Perth and Huron, helping almost 550 people.