Like everyone in our community, United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington has been monitoring the evolving global and local impact of COVID 19.
As we collectively and proactively look at the ever changing situation on the ground, United Way KFL&A continues to work with our frontline agencies to ensure our community is able to serve all residents, especially those who are particularly vulnerable.
As the largest non-government funder of social services, we believe that our agency partners are closest to the ground and are keenly aware of the needs and issues emerging in the communities they are serving. Our partner agencies and many individuals in our community are facing challenges at this time. We are working with a number of our funded agencies, local government and other partners on coordinated approaches to serving people who are in shelters or accessing meal programs.
We know that in our region many people could not, and cannot, afford to adequately prepare for how COVID-19 is affecting their family. Those who already face barriers—things like food insecurity, poverty, homelessness and social isolation—need even more help during this time. As you protect your family and those closest to you to keep them healthy, we urge you to think of those who may need assistance in the community.
United Way is committed to continuing to support agencies and individuals and their needs and the following key areas have been identified, although this may continue to grow and change as needs arise.
- Help for seniors – ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported
- Basic needs – ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food and supplies to continue helping the most vulnerable stay healthy
- Capacity for community services – ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital local work
- Mental health support – enable crisis lines and system navigation services
- Support for volunteers – there are amazing people rallying to support others – they need our help too
“Agencies have been offered the flexibility they need to change and adapt programming and services during this public health situation and United Way KFL&A will continue to work with them to find the best solutions,” said Bhavana Varma, President and CEO of United Way KFL&A. “Our community is strongest when we work together and support each other and that is what we strive to do each day and especially in times of crisis.”
We appreciate your support, patience and understanding as we learn more about this issue. We’re focused on the future and we’re going to keep working hard to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
If you are able, please give today. Thank you for your local love.
Update – June 22, 2020: Thanks to the amazing support of the community, the United Way KFL&A COVID-19 Response Fund has distributed over $700,000 to agencies and programs responding to the current pandemic.
|Addictions & Mental Health Services KFL&A||Food and supplies for people with mental illness that are housed by agency|
|Addictions & Mental Health Services KFL&A||Isolation Centre for tablets during self-isolation|
|Epilepsy South Eastern Ontario||Technology and PPE|
|Extend-A-Family||Electronic document signature software|
|Isthmus||Meal Hampers for Children/Families|
|Kingsotn Community Health Centre||Seniors’ Food Box|
|Kingston Day Care||Re-opening supplies|
|Kingston Youth Shelter||Sanitizing, food in new location|
|Kingston Youth Shelter||ipads, cell phones to help youth access staff and counselling|
|Kingston Youth Shelter||Moving expenses to new location to enable physical distancing for youth|
|Kingston Youth Shelter||Yonge Street Transitional Housing
|Lionhearts Inc.||Meal Delivery Program|
|Loving Spoonful||Fresh Food Program|
|Martha’s Table||Community Program
for Food containers and PPE
|Martha’s Table||To assist with costs associated with take-out meals|
|Morningstar Mission||Meal Delivery
purchase of protein
|Outreach St.George’s||Lunch By George Takeout Meals
containers and staffing
|Partners In Mission Food Bank||Providing weekly food hampers purchase of meat to add protein|
|Resolve Counselling Services||Counselling: free counselling for people who cannot afford to pay or have lost benefits due to unemployment|
|Resolve Counselling Services||Credit Counselling for people in challenging financial situations|
|Salvation Army||Community and Family Services for food bags/baskets|
|Southern Frontenac Community Services||Meals on Wheels and Community Food Bank|
|St. Vincent de Paul||Laptops for staff allowing clients to communicate|
About United Way of KFL&A
United Way works with individuals, organizations and key partners in KFL&A to build and strengthen the community bringing people and resources together to facilitate change. Our vision is a future where people are self-sufficient in a community, where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. Visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca for more information.
Covid 19 information:
All of us are looking for the best information possible to help protect ourselves, loved ones and our fellow community members. United Way encourages you to follow the directives and information provided by local public health authorities.
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