Since Covid-19 came to the area, Battlefords United Way has invested $412,998.00 into the community. Many of the agencies that monies were designated to were able to help their community by supplying extra programs, food, counselling and other services needed for citizens to cope with these trying times.
Out of these designated monies, $31,000 was put towards the preparing and distributing 450 Senior Boxes. These boxes contained hand sanitizer, dish soap, toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towel, bandaging, packaged soup, KD Mac & Cheese, honey, crackers and assorted snacks. Most of the boxes were distributed through the Battlefords Housing Authority and through contact with the United Way office. The United way also noted that communication between the seniors (who were in nursing homes) and their loved ones was a hardship, so tablets were purchased for the nursing homes to help lighten the communication gap.
From this invested money, $219,000 was received from the Emergency Community Support Fund sponsored by the government. Charities filled out applications to qualify for these funds. Funds were used for food security, shelter, safety, mental health and wellness, children and youth programs, social inclusion and learning, people experiencing domestic or gender-based violence, people with disabilities, education and the delivering of new services or resources because of Covid-19.
Part of United Way’s core is to raise funds and invest in community issues. By better understanding the needs of our community we can invest your dollars to the proper avenues by researching to better understand the issues in our community. By funding and partnering with our community’s agencies we are able to provide help and hope when and where it is needed.
October is United Way month and we need you to help your community. By investing with the United Way, your dollars will be more efficient. The Canadian Mental Health Association will be delivering a donation form in your mailbox at the end of September for an easier method of donating or you can donate online at www.battlefordsunitedway.ca or call the office at 306-445-1717. We thank you in advance for your generous donation
The following agencies have benefited from your invested dollars:
The Battlefords Food Bank;
Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre;
The Lighthouse of the Battlefords;
The Battlefords Trade & Education Centre;
The Boys and Girls Club;
Canadian Mental Health Association Battlefords Branch;
The Battlefords Housing Authority;
Battlefords Concern for Youth;
The Battlefords Interval House;
St. Paul’s Anglican Church;
Living Sky School Division;
Light of Christ School Division;
Midwest Food Resource;
The City of North Battleford