Local Love in a Global Crisis

Like everyone in our community, United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington has been and continues to  address the local impact of COVID 19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic United Way KFL&A has continued to work to find ways to develop collective and proactive approaches to the situation, working with agencies to ensure our community can continue to serve all residents, especially the most vulnerable.

Locally, through the pandemic in 2020, United Way invested $5.5 million that has helped over 79,000 people in KFL&A through 70 unique organizations and over 220 programs. This is through all funding sources – United Way KFLA Covid-19 Response Fund, campaign dollars as well as federal funding stewarded by United Way, supporting programs through the pandemic. 

For more about the local response please read this update about 2020 and also view a list of agencies funded through the United Way of KFL&A Covid-19 Fund, as well as through other federally funded grants, here.

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.”

Thanks to a generous matching grant from Ray and Paul Di Rinaldo in 2021, the Covid 19 Response Fund was able to help agencies and programs in KFL&A adapt and support individuals in vulnerable situations.

If you would like to support your community , please give today. Thank you for your local love.

Covid 19 Supports

For a complete list of services visit: www.unitedwaykfla.ca/covid-19-supports/

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.

Interested in Volunteer opportunities?
Visit https://www.unitedwaykfla.ca/volunteer-centre/