On May 20, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) with all applications closing on July 31. The fund allocated grants to non-profit CRA qualified organizations with the intention to strengthen the capacity of community service organizations to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable individuals and families that were directly affected by COVID-19. The ECSF is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
“Our United Way was proud to support this important investment of $315,467 to help find solutions and mobilize the communities of Haldimand and Norfolk. The pandemic has affected so many people in our communities, especially those experiencing homelessness, food insecurities, mental health struggles and financial difficulties. The work of our United Way, along with our trusted partners, has never been more important. Together, with this investment from the Government of Canada, we can create a measurable impact on the lives of individuals and families in our immediate area that are directly affected by COVID-19. Our mandate remains the same, we are here to help”, says Kim Shippey, Executive Director, United Way Haldimand and Norfolk.
Through this funding, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk was able to assist the following non-profit charities:
Special Olympics Ontario – Purchased Android tablets for Special Olympic athletes to support the health of athletes with intellectual disabilities to stay connected, active and positive.
Church Out Serving – Prepared, assembled and delivered meals and food hampers to the most vulnerable residents of Haldimand and Norfolk.
Rotary Club of Dunnville Foundation – Working in partnership with schools in the Dunnville area, provided 118 grocery gift cards and distributed them to vulnerable children and their families.
Haldimand-Norfolk Community Support Centre – Offered fresh produce food boxes to address the needs of food insecurity across Haldimand and Norfolk. Partnered with local farmers to acquire the produce.
Haldimand-Norfolk Strong Start –Due to the closure of schools during the pandemic, funding was used for training sessions and training space to prepare their volunteers to offer the Strong Start reading program in the fall.
Mississauga of the Credit First Nations – As a direct result of the mental effects of COVID-19 for on and off reserve members, a mental health initiative of traditional medicine gardens was created. In partnership with the Elders and the Knowledge Keepers, they recorded the teachings about the medicines and the seven grandfather teachings. All were made available in their library and elementary school to preserve their culture, heritage and traditional knowledge.

Dalhousie Place – COVID-19 caused a backlog of family court cases and the funding supported a community/court liaison to work directly with the families and the court houses of Cayuga and Simcoe.
Haldimand-Norfolk R.E.A.C.H. – With the impact of COVID-19 on children and families, R.E.A.C.H. developed a centralized food purchasing platform that connected food vendors and local farms to access healthy food for distribution to marginalized families across Haldimand-Norfolk.
Easter Seals – The purchase of wheelchairs and mobility and accessibility equipment was provided to children in need in Haldimand and Norfolk.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, but some Canadians are more vulnerable to the social, health and economic impacts of the crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support charitable and non-profit organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to serve vulnerable members of our communities,” says the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
For more information about United Way Haldimand and Norfolk and their work locally, visit www.unitedwayhn.on.ca.
Kim Shippey, Executive DirectorUnited Way of Haldimand and NorfolkPhone: 519-426-5660 Email: kim@unitedwayhn.on.ca