If you’re like many Newfoundlanders & Labradorians, you’re probably at home watching or listening to the news media and wondering if there’s anything you can do to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re working an essential job, working from home or just staying home, you’re already helping! By staying at home as much as possible, we’re all helping decrease the chances of the virus spreading.
While we are in the midst of responding to the impacts of COVID-19 as individuals, United Way Newfoundland & Labrador is also working to help lessen the impacts on those that are most vulnerable in our Province. We are grateful for the private and corporate donations, as well as funding from the Government of Canada to allow us to respond to needs right here, in our backyard.
We wanted to give you a few updates on what is happening, and how we are working to respond to the crisis & immediate needs in our province. Please note as there are quite a few activities ongoing, updates are being provided on the following initiatives:
- United Way Newfoundland & Labrador 2020 Community Fund process update
- Atlantic Compassion Fund
- New Horizons Seniors Program – Government of Canada funding
- Emergency Community Support Fund – Government of Canada Funding
- Office Operations
UWNL 2020 COMMUNITY FUND PROCESS UPDATE
On March 13, 2020 applications for our 2020 Community Fund process closed. At that time, the implications of COVID-19 on our local community were just becoming more evident. With consultations with our Board of Directors and the Community Investment Committee, and after a review of the applications that had been received, the Board recommended pausing the 2020 Community Fund for a temporary period. This pause (in early April) was reviewed again during the Board of Directors April meeting, and the decision to pause has been extended. As of today, the 2020 Community Fund process is on hold. We will review this on a monthly basis, or until the public health measures for COVID-19 begin to transition, or until we know more about the duration of these measures.
The majority of applications for funding as presented are no longer viable, due to gathering size restrictions, and the cease of normal operations for many community groups as they work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
When the process is re-opened, we will connect with the groups that have already submitted applications and invite them to keep that request or make adjustments based on COVID-19 Impacts. We will also re-open to new applications, as we know that there will be organizational needs post-pandemic as well.
We want to thank our annual donors – their commitment and generosity during the 2019 workplace campaigns held in organizations throughout Newfoundland & Labrador last Fall will allow us to provide support in the coming months as we begin to understand the long-lasting implications of the public health measures and adjust to a “new normal”.