United Way Support for Seniors Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island has granted $120,000 through the federal COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund to local charitable organizations helping seniors impacted by the pandemic. Tillicum Lelum among them.

To support vulnerable seniors affected by COVID-19, UWCNVI has funded 25 local organizations from the Malahat to Port Hardy through grants of up to $5000. The COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund is funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“We know our local charities are working overtime to help seniors who need access to food, social connection and other supports,” said Signy Madden, Executive Director, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. 

“Knowing what agencies are effective and what the needs are on the ground in our Vancouver Island communities has allowed United Way to channel this much needed federal funding quickly to where it is needed most.”

“The partnership offered by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 Seniors Response Grant has given us the opportunity to make a significant impact on both the physical and mental health of some of our most vulnerable seniors,” said Kris Huddlestan, Vice Chair, Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society in Port Hardy. “We know the meals are appreciated but our seniors are all missing the activities, meals, and visits with friends they are used to. Just knowing that they are remembered means so much.”

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