Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)
We are proud to have partnered with United Way Centraide Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2 Funding in Saint John, Kings and Charlotte region.
Over the past month, United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte has received over 22 applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, 13 organizations have been approved for a total of $159,000. We are pleased to announce the ECSF is supporting the following:
- $10,000 was invested in Ability NB to provide adapted equipment and assistive devices, recommended by specialists, to persons with a mobility disability who are on limited incomes.
- $10,000 was invested in Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County for COVID-related cleaning and personal protective equipment, to maintain the new standards set by Public Health.
- $15,000 was invested in First Steps Housing for COVID-related PPE equipment, cleaning and private transportation for mothers and infants (under 1).
- $12,000 was invested in Home Support Services to continue to provide Meals on Wheels to vulnerable seniors on Campobello.
- $10,000 was invested in Hospice Greater Saint John for COVID-related cleaning supplies and PPE for front line nursing and support staff.
- $8,000 was invested in Oak Hill United Church in partnership with St. Croix Wellness and Renewal Centre to design and deliver services and programs for our most vulnerable seniors.
- $5,000 was invested in Saint John Domestic Violence Outreach for their Healthy Relationships and Consent Program and client emergency funds.
- $15,000 was invested in Sophia Recovery Centre to connect more women with Sophia’s peer-based recovery support/programs through their on-line forum and virtual chat room.
- $20,000 was invested in Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network to develop and pilot a Stress Management Program and to offer an additional Self-Esteem program.
- $15,000 was invested in Sussex Regional Library in partnership with the Multicultural Association of Sussex to provide more opportunities to newcomers.
- $14,000 was invested in Teen Resource Centre to offer drop-In break-out space/activities and after-school programing, to serve the increased number of youth who wish to attend.
- $10,000 was invested in The One Change to foster independence from emergency food by providing the life skills and tools to continue providing food for themselves.
- $15,000 was invested in YMCA of Greater Saint John to support the Rainbows program, to foster emotional healing among children and youth grieving a loss from a life altering crisis.
ECSF Funding Round 1
These are the recipients of the ECSF Round 1 Funding.
- $22,950 was invested in Ability NB to conduct wellness checks, explore needs and goals and help navigate possible routes and options for participants with a mobility disability throughout the pandemic.
- $6,000 was invested in Alzheimer’s Society to develop new programs to provide training on COVID-19 related challenges, reduce social isolation, and help families navigate programs and services that are available.
- $10,000 was invested in Big Brothers Big Sisters to leverage technology to connect volunteer mentors (focus on 55+ years (Big G’s)) with youth to foster mentoring relationships and combat loneliness during this challenging time.
- $20,000 was invested in Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County to provide cleaning and personal protective equipment supplies required for reopening and to maintain the new standards set by Public Health.
- $30,000 was invested in Crescent Valley Resource Centre to enable a collective of priority neighbourhoods (Neighbourhood Action Group) to work together with our community to help residents become food secure through a variety of community meals, emergency food pantries, community gardens, and wrap around supports.
- $20,000 was invested in Elementary Literacy Inc. to develop a virtual model for individual literacy tutoring and online training for volunteers, to combat the education “slide” resulting from COVID-19 isolation.
- $20,000 was invested in Family Plus/Life Solutions to subsidize virtual mental health counseling sessions for non-profit leaders and front-line workers as follow up to virtual mental health workshops, where need for further, individual support is identified.
- $25,000 was invested in First Steps Housing to research, develop and implement a pediatric mental health and wellness program for children and youth; and a Family Time program which would include the whole family such as fathers and grandparents.
- $30,000 was invested in Home Support Services to provide seniors with Meals on Wheels on Campobello Island and mainland Charlotte County, bridging the gap whilst seniors apply for financial assistance from Social Development and allowing time to build a sustainable model for Campobello going forward.
- $15,838 was invested in Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Chapter to provide access to medical aids such as blood pressure cuffs to dialysis patients, in centre and at home thus reducing their risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
- $13,873 was invested to New Brunswick Association for Community Living to develop virtual sessions to build capacity & resiliency across NB for individuals who have an intellectual or developmental disability, their families, allies and stakeholders.
- $10,000 was invested in Oak Hill United Church in partnership with St. Croix Wellness and Renewal Centre to develop and deliver a new hybrid model of seniors’ wellness programming.
- $8,336 was invested in Roots of Empathy to implement a modified program model to support children when they return to elementary school in the fall. The newly written curriculum and hybrid model will enable the children to cope with the stress and anxiety brought on by Covid-19.
- $54,000 was invested in Saint John Boys & Girls Club to develop and deliver summer learning day camps for children grades 1 to 5 and to provide access to full-time childcare programs that will help build children’s social and emotional skills and help parents return to work.
- $20,000 was invested in Saint John Community Loan Fund to provide financial literacy supports to low-income individuals and families, focused on the specific challenges arising from Covid-19 such as navigating emergency benefits; building a sustainable budget that will get individuals through the crisis; making a financial recovery plan and tax filing.
- $10,803 was invested in Saint John Human Development Council in partnership with Brilliant Labs to develop and deliver free, youth-focused, community- and STEAM-based camps, online and through TV, to address social isolation and learning of vulnerable youth in Saint John, Kings & Charlotte region.
- $20,200 was invested in Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network to develop and deliver their core programs in a virtual classroom setting so that services can continue throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
- $30,000 was invested in Sussex Regional Library in partnership with Multicultural Association of Sussex to provide virtual programming to newcomers in order to deliver social and linguistic services and enhance their integration into our community, despite the added barriers of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- $5,000 was invested in Teen Resource Centre to provide classroom support for Newcomer students to combat the education “slide” as a result of isolation.
- $28,996 was invested in YMCA of Greater Saint John to purchase personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies; and to provide families who have suffered loss of job and income with full time child care.