Guelph COVID-19: Community Response Fund

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March 31, 2020 - Today, the Guelph Community Foundation announces a partnership with the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin to support the growth of the Guelph COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Through this collaborative effort they will support agencies doing critically important work and those that have been put under immense pressure as a result of the current crisis.

The Guelph Community Foundation’s contribution to the Community Response Fund launches with an initial donation from the Hugh and Lorna Guthrie Fund that will match up to $10,000.00 to get the ball rolling.

The collaborative fund will provide one place for philanthropists, community leaders, corporations and Guelph’s care mongering citizens to support the community’s COVID-19 response. The fund will work through three phases:

Respond: Initially, the fund will support the organizations addressing the most urgent needs of those struggling in our community like access to nutritious food, clothing, hygiene products, shelter and crisis counselling.

Rebuild: Once we are on the other side of the pandemic curve, the fund will work to support the non-profit and charitable organizations devastated by the economic downturn, lack of sponsorship and available funding.

Recover: Finally, the fund will support those organizations working to nurture and strengthen the soul of our community through inclusive, accessible events, festivals, recreation and arts programming, and counseling services as we find a new normal and prepare for the future.

A joint committee with staff and volunteers from both organizations will evaluate applications and ensure a rapid process in order to respond to shifting and emerging community needs.

Our work would be impossible without the incredible generosity of donors and the wisdom of our Boards of Directors, past and present, who have created the capacity for the Foundation to support Guelph in good times, and most important, in the not-so-good. We are forever indebted.

Individuals and corporations are encouraged to donate to the Community Response Fund online here.

Thank you to all who are working toward a safe, healthy and secure city.
 
Diane Squires                                             Chris Willard
Board Chair                                      Executive Director


The following grants have now been issued:

April 9, 2020 - Chalmers Community Services - $5,000
April 14, 2020 - Family Counselling and Support Services for GW - $3,000
April 14, 2020 - Shelldale Family Gateway - $6,000
April 14, 2020 - March of Dimes GWD - $5,000
April 14, 2020 - Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington - $5,000
April 15, 2020 - Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition - $6,000
April 15, 2020 - North End Harvest Market - $6,000
April 15, 2020 - Hope House - $5,000
April 21, 2020 - Child Witness Centre - $2,000
April 21, 2020 - HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) - $5,000
April 21, 2020 - Portage Program for Drug Dependencies - $5,850
May 5, 2020 - GW Poverty Task Force - $5,500
May 5, 2020 - Church of Apostles Kitchen Bees Program - $1,500
May 5, 2020 - The Salvation Army - $5,000
May 5, 2020 - Royal City Mission - $5,000
May 5, 2020 - Michael House - $6,000
May 5, 2020 - Wyndham House - $5,500
May 5, 2020 - East Wellington Community Services - $5,000
May 11, 2020 - The SEED - $70,000
May 11, 2020 - Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellington - $5,000
May 11, 2020 - Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis - $2,000
May 11, 2020 - YMCA/YWCA Guelph - $5,000
May 11, 2020 - Big Brother Big Sisters Centre Wellington - $2,000
May 11, 2020 - Integrated Youth Services Network - $5,000
May 11, 2020 - Belwood Lodge and Camp - $500
May 24, 2020 - Community of Hearts Lifelong Learning - $5,000
May 24, 2020 - Canadian Insititute for the Blind - $5,000
May 24, 2020 - Career Education Council Guelph Wellington Dufferin - $5,000
May 24, 2020 - The Guelph Enabling Garden - $5,000
May 24, 2020 - Guelph Wellington Seniors Association - $5,000
May 24, 2020 - Starlight Canada - $2,000
May 24, 2020 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph - $5,067
May 24, 2020 - Church of the Apostles (St. James and St. Matthias) - $2,000
June 14, 2020 - Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington - $6,000
June 14, 2020 - St. John Ambulance (Guelph) - $5,000
June 14, 2020 - 10C - $7,000
June 21, 2020 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington - $2,500
June 21, 2020 - Art Not Shame - $4,800
June 28, 2020 - Community Resource Centre - $1,500
June 28, 2020 - Elora Road Christian Fellowship (Elora House) - $6,000
June 28, 2020 - Wyndham House - $3,150
July 5, 2020 - Ramoth Life Centre - $7,664
July 5, 2020 - Up and Running Guelph - $3,000
July 19, 2020 - Easter Seals Ontario - $12,000
July 19, 2020 - Guelph Youth Music Centre - $8,000
July 26, 2020 - PIN - The People and Information Network - $2,800
July 26, 2020 - Guelph Arts Council - $5,225
July 26, 2020 - Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington - $5,000
July 26, 2020 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph - $5,000
July 26, 2020 - Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre - $5,000
July 26, 2020 - Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington - $4,312
August 2, 2020 - Asian Community AIDS Services - Wellington County - $5,000
August 2, 2020 - Best Buddies Canada - $5,000
August 2, 2020 - Out on the Shelf - $6,000
August 2, 2020 - Action Read Community Literacy Centre of Guelph - $6,000
August 23, 2020 - Orangeville Food Bank - $7,000
August 23, 2020 - St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation Guelph - $4,800
August 23, 2020 - Family Transition Place - $4,837
August 23, 2020 - Wellington County Learning Centre - $5,500
August 23, 2020 - Art Not Shame - $1,500
August 30, 2020 - Focus on Nature - $4,000
August 30, 2020 - Guelph Chamber Choir - $3,000
August 30, 2020 - Guelph Youth Singers - $2,500
August 30, 2020 - HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) - $5,000
August 30, 2020 - Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington - $5,000
September 13, 2020 - Art Not Shame - $2,000
September 13, 2020 - Church of Apostles (St. James and St. Matthias) - $3,000
September 13, 2020 - Canadian Cancer Society Gueph/Wellington - $6,000
September 27, 2020 - Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada - $5,000