Supporting the vulnerable across Perth and Huron

The United Way Perth-Huron has announced the organization distributed $800,225 to support vulnerable and newly vulnerable people across Perth and Huron during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 is a global crisis, but it affected so many individuals right here in Perth and Huron,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We were able to utilize UWPH’s organizational strength as a communicator, collaborator and facilitator to bring people together and address urgent local challenges.”

On April 7, UWPH launched a call to non-profits and other qualified applicants working to adapt services and support the local community. Funded programs addressed issues including food insecurity, mental health and addictions, housing, domestic violence, seniors and social isolation.

In total, 41 grants were issued through the COVID-19 Urgent Need Fund, the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and Emergency Community Support Fund and the Social Service Relief Fund.

UWPH also created an Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals (UNFI), designed to support local residents and over $70,000 has been distributed by social services in Perth and Huron, helping almost 550 people.

“We want to make sure everyone is lifted up. If we continue working together through coordinated local action, we can build a brighter future for everyone,” said Erb.