Friday, June 14, 2024

United Way launches crisis fund for most vulnerable in Victoria amid COVID-19


Through a global pandemic, everyone has an important role to play.

We’re all doing the basics – washing our hands, maintaining social distance, avoiding busy places, self-isolating if we’ve been travelling, and staying home if you’re sick.

For Victoria’s most vulnerable community, doing (and acquiring) the basics during these trying times becomes a little more difficult – and the United Way Greater Victoria has launched a fundraising appeal to rally support them among the COVID-19 crisis.

UWGV is inviting people to make donations to support the most in need through the Local Love in a Global Crisis Fund.

They have also put their focus on these especially vulnerable groups during this time, and when you give to United Way, you will help provide:

  • Help for isolated seniors – Including getting meals, medication and other necessities they need as well as providing support while practicing social distancing – such as friendly phone calls or virtual visits
  • Not-for-profit sector support – Work to help assess, prioritize and deliver urgent needs across the social service sector – as many agencies are closed or unable to deliver basic programs at this time.
  • Mental health aid – Funds raised will go directly to frontline agencies in Victoria, who are standing by to offer virtual counselling. UWGV will also be topping up their contributions to BC 2-1-1 as needed during this stressful time.

United Way of Greater Victoria is working within its network of frontline agencies – from Victoria to Sooke, to Sidney, to the southern Gulf Islands – to ensure our city’s most vulnerable have all of the essentials they need.

“These are unprecedented times and all of us are extremely concerned.  We are working on creative ways to adhere to the imperative for social distance and ensure the safety and well-being of all as we deliver on programs,” said Mark Breslauer, Chief Executive Officer of UWGV.

“Help and support is already urgently needed, and we are committed to partnering with health authorities, community organizations, frontline agencies and the local business community to do what United Way has always done – meeting the emerging needs in our community.”

Many in the region could not, and cannot, afford to adequately prepare for how COVID-19 is affecting their family.

Those who already face barriers – issues like poverty, homelessness and social isolation – need even more help during this time.

As you work to protect your family and those closest to you to keep them healthy, United Way urges you to think of those who may need the help of their neighbours and donate today.

United Way of Greater Victoria’s Local Love in a Global Crisis Fund

Click here to donate today and help ensure our most vulnerable have the essentials they need!

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