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Agencies received program funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund

I came to the John Howard Society homeless, alone, struggling and just released from custody.  I had no conditions and wanted support.  Felt confused about COVID and what to do.   This agency helped me get food and shelter.  The counsellor connected me with my family and worked on transportation to get back home.  My family doesn’t have a lot, so John Howard also gave me food cards and a gas card.   I live in a rural area and my family couldn’t get me because no money for gas.   I’m not sure what I would have done.  These people helped me so much.”

Client, John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton

“Thanks to the Community Support Fund administered through the United Way!  This funding is going to help us reach out Haliburton County Youth utilizing a peer to peer approach through the Haliburton County Youth Wellness Hub.  Covid-19 has been hard on everyone – youth included, and we need to find creative and meaningful ways to connect youth to each other, help us define what they would like hub activities and services to look like as we define our new normal together.”

Marg Cox, Executive Director, Point in Time Haliburton

“the Virtual Programming for our Child Care Families was a great way for our Families to stay connected with some of our staff. The activities we provided for the children were some of the activities that our children do during a normal day in childcare. We also started adding new activities, song and stories they hadn’t seen or done. This again kept the children connected to staff and the center. We had some great feedback from the families watching the videos. ”

Darlyn, Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes

Denise had no idea what to do.  Her partner had taken off with the car and the little money they had in the bank account.  She wouldn’t get her cheque until Friday, and it was only Tuesday.  She’d been the  food bank already this month.  Last night she skipped dinner so her daughter could eat but now there was literally nothing in the house.  In desperation she called SIRCH.  The woman answering the phone was calming and kind.  She not only offered meals but told her someone from HHHS could bring them out to her.     

When the meals were dropped off Denise saw they had given her and her son enough for 4 days –  shepherd’s pie, roast beef, chicken stir fry, and a pasta dish.  But they also put in hearty soups, and fruit desserts for every day.  Denise felt hope for the first time in a long time.”

Denise, SIRCH Community Services

UWCKL administered two pandemic response funds for the federal government: the New Horizons for Seniors Covid-19 Seniors Response Fund and the Emergency Community Response Fund. These funds provided local agencies with money to support valuable programming that was created or adapted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The following agencies received funding:

New Horizons for Seniors Response Fund:

  • Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for Building Connections and Supports for Seniors During COVID-19
  • SIRCH Community Services, $6,500 for Community Kitchen Meals
  • Rotary Club of Haliburton, $5,500 for the Good Food Box
  • Coboconk and Area Food Bank, $1,500 for the Food Bank
  • Central Food Network, $7564 for CFN’s COVID-19 Response
  • Minden Food Bank, $4250 for the Food Bank
  • Kinmount Food Bank, $1.500 for the Food Bank

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Emergency Community Response Fund:

Round 1:

City of Kawartha Lakes

  • Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, $20, 00 0 for the Community Dental Clinic
  • A Place Called Home, $20,000 for the Emergency Homeless Shelter
  • Canadian Mental Health Association HKPR, $10,000 for Mental Health Case Management
  • Special Olympics Ontario – Kawartha Lakes, $10,000 for Mental Health & Wellness 
  • John Howard Society City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for the Community Intervention Program 
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre, $10,450 for the Help at Home Program 
  • BGC Kawarthas, $18,000 for the Summer Camp Programs 
  • Globus Theatre, $19,722.44 for Youth Outreach During COVID-19

Haliburton County

  • Rotary Club of Haliburton and Rotaract Haliburton Highlands, $5,000 for Basic Needs Bags
  • Kawartha North Family Health Team, $18,450 for “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World”
  • Central Food Network, $10,000 for Heat Bank Haliburton County 
  • Point in Time, $20,000 for the Haliburton County Youth Hub
  • Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation, $19,925 for Mental Health Services and Virtual Supports
  • SIRCH, $15,000 for the Community Kitchen

Cross-jurisdictional 

  • Easter Seals Ontario, $7,6000 for the Equipment Funding Program
  • Kawartha Haliburton Victim Services, $10,000 for the Hotel/Motel Emergency Voucher Program
  • Junior Achievement of Northern and Eastern Ontario, $16,500 for Digital Programming
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, $8,500 for Group Virtual Programs

Round 2:

City of Kawartha Lakes

  • A Place Called Home, $7,500 for the Homeless Shelter
  • BGC Kawarthas, $7,500 for the After School Program
  • Kawartha Lakes Centre of Hope , $7,500 for the Food Bank
  • Canadian Mental Health Association HKPR, $7,500 for Health Promotion
  • Coboconk and Area Food Bank, $5,101.94 for the Food Bank
  • Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, $7,500 for the Standing Together and Receiving Support (S.T.A.R.S.) Program
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre, $7,473.70 for the Outdoor Treatment Space
  • Therapeutic Horse Riding in Lindsay (T.H.R.I.L.), $7,500

Haliburton County

  • Point in Time, $7,500 for the Closing the Gap Connectivity Program
  • Rotary Club of Haliburton, $5,500 for the Good Food Box
  • SIRCH, $7,500 for Lunch Tickets

Cross-jurisdictional 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton , $7,500 for Virtual School Mentoring

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