Support for Community Organizations During COVID-19

Posted on: June 29th, 2020

United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta, together with support from local donors, is providing support to community agencies dedicated to keeping the people of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta safe and well during this public health crisis.
The General COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund will support five projects addressing the needs of vulnerable people in south western Alberta communities.
“We’re very thankful for this support from community partners. As we continue to receive donations intended for COVID-19 response, we will re-evaluate the needs of the community, and work with local agencies to ensure that additional funds are distributed efficiently and without duplication.”
-Vincent Varga (Interim Executive Director)

Family Centre Society of Southern Alberta – $9,680.60 to support enhanced food security for vulnerable families through the Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen, and to purchase PPE for safe re-opening as in-person programs resume.
Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge – $4,080 for organizational support and training resources to ensure uninterrupted access to food hamper services, and purchase of PPE to ensure volunteer safety.
Pincher Creek Community Food Bank – $8,000 to support food hamper services and emergency food access for people and families in the Pincher Creek area.Β 
Streets Alive Family Support Association – $13,224.64 to support outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness, provide referrals to support services, access to food, water and basic hygiene supplies, transportation to shelter and intox services if necessary.
Volunteer Lethbridge – $10,000 to support wellness checks for community members who may feel disconnected or isolated. Trained volunteers connect by telephone on a regular basis to ensure residents have access to support resources and information. A partnership with CMHA and LPIRG.
The COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund has been made possible through donations from partners including Alberta Blue Cross, ATB Financial, Heaven Hill Brands, the Max Bell Foundation, Scotiabank, The Co-Operators Bridge Insurance, Canadian Tire Ltd., Wawanesa Insurance, and from many individuals throughout the community. United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta is thankful for the #LocalLove of the community during this challenging time.