United Way disburses federal relief funding to social agencies

There's some good news this week for 21 agencies chosen by the United Way of Northern BC to receive the final round of allocations for Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.

They will receive a share of a $349,000 allotment from the federal government program, set up for COVID-19 relief, which will support 25 programs that help vulnerable people in communities throughout the region

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The funded agencies are:

- Autumn Services Society for Senior Support, Fraser Lake (food share program)

- BC Cancer Foundation, Regional (treatment accommodations program)

- Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Quesnel, Quesnel (food, activities for families program

- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern BC, Regional (Zoom account support)

- Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre Society, Prince George (food hampers)

- Child Development Centre Society of Fort St. John & District, (Zoom accounts, IT support)

- Connexus Community Resources (food hampers, hygiene supplies)

- Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society, Smithers/Houston/Dease Lake (food hampers and hygiene supplies)

- Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society Food Bank, Fort Nelson (food bank support)

- Fort Nelson Hospice Society, Fort Nelson (Zoom accounts, IT support)

- Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, Fort St. John, (food hampers,hygiene supplies)

- Friends of Hudson’s Hope Society, Hudson’s Hope (support for food bank)

- Islands Wellness Society, Queen Charlotte City (food, meal delivery program)

- Lakes District Family Enhancement Society, Burns Lake (food and hygiene supplies,delivery)

 - Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society, Fort St. John (food, diapers,essential supplies)

- Networks Ministries Dawson Creek (food support)

- Northern Brain Injury Association, Regional (food support

- Northern Environmental Action Team, Fort St. John (food packaging for meal delivery)

- Parent Support Services of BC (food, cleaning supplies)

- Prince George Brain Injured Group, Prince George (local travel assistance)

- Prince George Native Friendship Centre, Prince George (food hampers

- Prince Rupert Indigenous Housing Society, Prince Rupert (food supplies)

- Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre, Quesnel (food, essential supplies

- Robson Valley Community Services, Valemount (hygiene supplies)

- Saulteau First Nations, Moberly Lake/Chetwynd (food, activities for families)

- South Peace Art Society - Dawson Creek Art Gallery (craft supplies for families

- South Peace Community Resources Society, Chetwynd/Tumbler Ridge (meal delivery to seniors)

- The Salvation Army, Fort St. John (food bank)

- Tansi Friendship Centre, Chetwynd (food and supplies)

- Terrace & District Community Services Society, Terrace (hygiene and PPE supplies)

- West Moberly First Nations, Moberly Lake/Chetwynd (food, essential supplies)

Funding requests from 88 agencies received by the United Way of Northern B.C. for ECSF support totaled $2.8 million to help community programs and services. Since the pandemic began, the Northern B.C. branch has allocated a total of $858,000 used to support 55 programs and 44 agencies. Those programs would have otherwise gone without funding.

“The UWNBC team is pleased to support such a strong and valuable initiative to help our most vulnerable right when it's needed most," said UWNBC executive director Trista Spencer, in  a prepared release. "Our mission is to connect resources to local needs in Northern B.C. and we are proud to say this fund has brought a new and exciting opportunity to communities right across the region."


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