These are challenging and uncertain times. But the research is clear and consistent. The stronger the sense of connection—local people working together in a united way—the more resilient the community.
And we are resilient. We are a community that cares about each other. We want to support one another and take care of our most vulnerable. We all have an important role to play in the weeks and months ahead.
We will get through this together.
We know that in our communities many people could not, and cannot, afford to adequately prepare for how COVID-19 is affecting their family. Many do not have supports, should they need to self-isolate. Those who already face barriers—things like poverty, homelessness and social isolation—need even more help during this time. The needs will continue to evolve. But, as you protect your family and those closest to you to keep them healthy, we urge you to think of those who may need the help of their neighbours.
Together, we can keep our community strong.
Here, when our community needs us.
Throughout our history, United Way has always been there in times of need. This time will be no different. The Guelph Community Foundation has partnered with United Way to support the growth of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Through this collaborative effort, both organizations will work to assist agencies doing critically important work to support our communities’ most vulnerable during the crisis. Working together will ensure there is one place for community members, philanthropists, community leaders and corporations to support the community’s COVID-19 response. A joint committee with staff and volunteers from both organizations will evaluate applications to ensure a rapid process in order to respond to emerging and emergency community needs and ensure your donation has the maximum impact.
We know that when we work together, we can make a difference.
With your donation, you will help provide:
Ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food.
Ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported.
Housing & Homelessness
Ensure those experiencing homelessness have adequate shelter and support to self-isolate and stay well.
Mental Health Support
Enable crisis lines and system navigation services.
Capacity for community services
Ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital local work.
Support for volunteers
Ensure the amazing people rallying to support others have our help too.