The United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) has now completed the final round of allocations of its portion of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).
The investment of just over $349,000 was made to 25 programs enhanced or established due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release states, benefiting 21 agencies to support vulnerable people in communities across northern B.C.
The organizations says it received a total request of more than $2.8 million through almost 90 applications to the ECSF for community programs and services that support our most vulnerable community members.
The review committee, which was comprised of members from various sectors representing the north, reviewed all the applications.
UWNBC’s $858,000 portion of the ECSF has now been fully invested in 55 programs and 44 agencies filling significant gaps in resources that would otherwise have gone unfilled or left agencies to find alternate resources at this critical time.
Some of the agencies in Prince George who received funding through ECSF included the Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre Society, Prince George Brain Injured Group, Prince George Native Friendship Centre, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern BC.
Through ECSF, United Way was also able to provide essential supplies to local and regional organizations.
PPE and other essentials were provided to Prince George organizations like:
- Carefree Society
- Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre Society
- Guru Nanak Langar & Garden Society
- Learning Differences Centre
- Northern John Howard Society of British Columbia
- Phoenix Transition Society
- Positive Living North PG
- Prince George Brain Injured Group
- Prince George Council of Seniors
- Prince George Native Friendship Centre
“The UWNBC team is pleased to support such a strong and valuable initiative to help our most vulnerable right when it's needed most. Our mission is to connect resources to local needs in Northern BC and we are proud to say this fund has brought a new and exciting opportunity to communities right across the region. Thank you to the government agencies and people that made this all happen!” said Trista Spencer, UWNBC Executive Director, in a news release.
UNWBC says although the Government of Canada’s funding has enabled them to provide resources to many nonprofit organizations across the region to bring immediate support to those who have been adversely affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, there is still a huge gap between the need and the resources available.
UWNBC says it will continue to strive to fill these gaps and raise funds to meet the growing.
You can find the full list of funded organizations on UWNBC's website.