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 during the respond phase:
April 9, 2020 - Chalmers Community Services - $5000.00
April 14, 2020 - Family Counselling and Support Services for GW - $3000.00
April 14, 2020 - Shelldale Family Gateway - $6000.00
April 14, 2020 - March of Dimes GWD - $5000.00
April 14, 2020 - Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington - $5000.00
April 15, 2020 - Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition - $6000.00
April 15, 2020 - North End Harvest Market - $6000.00
April 15, 2020 - Hope House - $5000.00
April 21, 2020 - Child Witness Centre - $2000.00
April 21, 2020 - HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) - $5000.00
April 21, 2020 - Portage Program for Drug Dependencies - $5850.00
May 5, 2020 - GW Poverty Task Force - $5500.00
May 5, 2020 - Church of Apostles Kitchen Bees Program - $1500.00
May 5, 2020 - The Salvation Army - $5000.00
May 5, 2020 - Royal City Mission - $5000.00
May 5, 2020 - Michael House - $4000.00
May 5, 2020 - East Wellington Community Services - $5000.00
May 11, 2020 - The SEED - $70,000.00
May 11, 2020 - Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellington - $5000.00
May 11, 2020 - Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis - $2000.00
May 11, 2020 - YMCA/YWCA Guelph - $5000.00
May 11, 2020 - Big Brother Big Sisters Centre Wellington - $2000.00
May 11, 2020 - Integrated Youth Services Network - $5000.00
May 11, 2020 - Belwood Lodge and Camp - $500.00