COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

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In May 2020, the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) was created by the Government of Canada to provide financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund is being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast. United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is proud to support the investment of $1.74M into our local community.

Questions?

For questions about local delivery of the ECSF or projects supported by United Way, please contact:

Alicea Fleming
Manager of Community Investments
afleming@weareunited.com 
519-259-6174


ECSF Funded Projects

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex accepted ECSF applications from any charitable organization serving Windsor-Essex County that is focused on addressing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations.

In Round One in spring 2020, United Way received 58 applications totaling over $3.5M in requested funding. We were able to invest $1,339,890 in 35 projects providing a range of supports to vulnerable populations across Windsor and Essex County.

Link: MEDIA RELEASE 

In October 2020, the Government of Canada released the balance of funding and a second call for applications was launched. In Round Two, United Way received 38 applications totaling over $1.05M in requested funding. We were able to invest $399,650 in 24 additional projects.

Link: MEDIA RELEASE



Projects Funded in Round Two (as of December 1, 2020)

Active Care Response Team (ACRT)
Standing in the Gap for Migrant Farm Workers
This project will facilitate connection with 1500 migrant workers to provide personal care kits, access to translators, transportation to medical appointments, and ongoing wellness checks.

Autism Society Ontario (Windsor-Essex Branch)
At-Home Activities Project
Providing at-home activity kits for 1000 children and youth with autism to during COVID-19.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex
Virtual After School Group Mentoring
After school program for 48 children and youth ages 6-16 waiting to be matched in a 1:1 mentoring relationship.

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch
Client Assistance Fund
This project will provide short-term support to 200 clients who are experiencing financial hardship.

Community Support Centre of Essex County
Wellness Wednesdays
This project will expand virtual wellness and physical activities by creating a virtual program platform. This is an expansion of a Round 1 project.

Community Refugee Fund
Access to Technology Project
The project will assist newcomer refugees that normally would have direct access to settlement providers and agencies in accessing services during COVID-19 by ensuring they have the required technology. This is an expansion of a Round 1 project.

Connections An Early Years Family Centre Inc.
Virtual Service and Support Program
Training, support, and capacity building services to 85 families with young children experiencing social isolation.

Diocese of London Refugee Ministries
Settlement Services Project
This project will provide technology to enable continued service for refugee claimants and those with precarious immigration status. This is an expansion of a Round 1 project.

Easter Seals Ontario
Off Season Virtual and At-Home Camp
This project will provide new virtual programming and at-home supports to 130 vulnerable children and youth with disabilities who are socially isolated due continued COVID-19 restrictions.

Essex County Chinese Canadian Association
Community Connections Project
Providing social support and information, and tools to comfort and empower 25 vulnerable Chinese seniors facing COVID-19 isolation.

Housing Information Services
Homelessness & Housing Help Hub
This project provides necessary supplies to operate a place for 400 people experiencing homelessness to go to during the day while complying with safety protocols.

Kidney Foundation of Canada (Windsor-Essex Chapter)
Emergency Short-Term Financial Assistance
This project will provide assistance with basic needs during COVID-19 for 15 individuals.

Lasalle Hangout for Youth
COVID-19 Family Relief Program
This project will ensure ongoing supports are provided to 300 youth and family members.

Matthew House Refugee Centre
Virtual Connection Hub Project
This will create a confidential, COVID-19 safe space for 75 refugee claimants to participate in the Refugee Hearing Program.

National Zakat Foundation
Nisa Homes Program
This project will provide remote casework, counselling, and children's programming for 20 additional at-risk Muslim women and their children. This is an expansion of a Round 1 project.

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, Windsor-Essex Chapter
Connection and Wellbeing Consultant
This project will provide 400 individuals will connection to ensure wellbeing and referral to appropriate supports during COVID-19.

South Asian Centre of Windsor
Translation Support for Health Information Services
This project will provide translation services for South Asian seniors receiving health information and social connection supports. This is an expansion of a Round 1 project.

Special Olympics Ontario (Windsor-Essex Chapter)
Equitable Sport and Health Program
This project will increase sport-specific virtual programming for 1000 Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Victorian Order of Nurses – Ontario Branch (Windsor-Essex)
Ontario Student Nutrition Program
This project will support 18,000 children/youth in 60 schools that are struggling to raise funds and shop for safe, prepackaged food for their Student Nutrition Programs that feed students in need.

Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Foundation
COVID Relief Packages for Youth
This project will provide packages supporting the health and well-being of 75 youth living independently.

Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society
COVID-19 Relief Resource Room
This project will provide additional technology devices and other supplies to support Foster Parents during COVID-19. This is an expansion of a Round 1 project.

Windsor-Essex Transgender and Allied Support
Harm Reduction Chemical Dependency Program
Virtual harm reduction services will help members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies who are seeking addiction support and who are not able to access in-person services due to COVID-19. This is an expansion of a Round 1 project to serve an additional 60 individuals.

The Windsor Residence for Young Men
Remote Education Liaison for At-Risk Youth
Mentorship, school liaising, emotional support, and system navigation for 15 homeless youth living in Transitional Housing who are attempting to adapt to changes in education due to COVID-19.

Youth Connection Association
Reading Project and Virtual Spelling Bee
This project will provide a reading program and virtual spelling bee to vulnerable youth to ensure social connection and education during COVID-19.


Projects Funded in Round One (as of July 2020)

After School Program Collaborative
(Big Brothers Big Sisters, CommUnity Partnership, Housing Information Services, South Essex Community Council, United Way Windsor-Essex)
Virtual After School Program
Virtual program delivery, capacity building, and technology for collaborative of after-school programs serving 200 children and youth in priority neighbourhoods.

Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario
ALSO Connex
ALSO Connex will provide virtual support to 70 consumers to decrease social isolation as a result of COVID-19.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex
Waiting List Summer Camp Program
This camp will assist 48 children and youth ages 6-16 waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Brain Injury Association of Windsor Essex
Brain Connect Project
This project will provide virtual connectivity to support groups for 35 survivors and caregivers affected by a brain injury.

CommUnity Partnership
Safe at Home Project
This project will provide proactive and reactive services to 150 individuals, to prevent evictions within low-income housing resulting from the impacts of COVID-19.

Community Refugee Fund - Angela Rose House
Shelter Modifications Project
This project will ensure 50 individuals are provided shelter by supporting modifications and technology access that will enable operation at maximum capacity during COVID-19 restrictions.

Community Refugee Fund
Access to Technology Project
The project will assist 50 newcomer refugees that normally would have direct access (face-to-face) to settlement providers and agencies in accessing services during COVID-19 by ensuring they have the required technology.

Community Support Centre of Essex County
Wellness Wednesdays
This project will connect 45 seniors to virtual wellness and physical activities delivered digitally.

Diocese of London Refugee Ministries
Settlement Services Project
This project will provide technology and PPE to allow for continued service for 100 refugee claimants and those with precarious immigration status to access services safely.

Downtown Mission
Windsor Youth Centre Service Navigation Project
This project will provide 40 young people living in poverty and experiencing homelessness with supports and service navigation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative
LIFT RE:ACT Online Program
This program is an online version of a 90-day outpatient program that will support 50 individuals recovering from addictions and trauma.

Essex County Chinese Canadian Association
COVID-19 Modifications
This project will provide personal protective equipment and allow for office modifications required as a result of COVID-19.

Family Services Windsor-Essex
COVID-19 Counselling Support Line
A 24/7 telephone and counselling line offering qualified counsellors to provide immediate telephone counselling, support and referral services to individuals 16 years of age and older who are in need of mental health support and/or practical referrals and information (i.e. financial support) due to issues associated with and related to COVID-19.

Global Resource Centre & Justice for Migrant Workers
Supports for Migrant Workers
This initiative will provide culturally appropriate food, personal protective equipment, and educational resources for temporary foreign workers in Essex County.

Legal Assistance of Windsor
Access to Technology Project
This service will help to support 100 low-income individuals, newcomers, and marginalized community members by accessing technology to participate in legal proceedings and other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legal Assistance of Windsor
Migrant Worker Women and Gender-Based Violence Project
This project will provide information, support, and advocacy to migrant worker women through a community kitchen engagement and empowerment strategy.

Legal Assistance of Windsor
Migrant Worker Group
This project will empower migrant workers to co-develop and implement supports to enhance financial wellness, physical and mental health, access to legal supports, and social inclusion of migrant workers in Essex County.

Matthew House Refugee Centre
Safe Transportation Project
This project will ensure the safe transportation to access medical appointments, nutrition supports, and essential items for 180 individuals.

National Zakat Foundation
Nisa Homes Program
This project will increase supports for 100 immigrant, refugee, or non-status Muslim women and their children at risk of homelessness.

Newcomer Collaborative
(YMCA, Multicultural Council of Windsor-Essex County, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training, College Boreal, Unemployed Help Centre, Greater Essex County District School Board, New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc., South Essex Community Council)
Newcomer Education – Technology, Access, and Support
Collaborative of 8 agencies to provide technology, access and support for 150 low-income Newcomers to participate in online English learning.

Seniors Collaborative
(Alzheimer Society Windsor-Essex, Amherstburg Community Services, Community Support Centre of Essex County, Life After Fifty, South Essex Community Council, VON Windsor-Essex, Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre)
Windsor Essex Seniors Call Assurance Program
Collaborative of 8 agencies to operate a seniors’ call assurance line and deliver individualized supports to seniors across Windsor-Essex County.

South Asian Centre of Windsor
South Asian Health Information Services
This project will provide personal protective equipment, office modifications, and health information services to better support South Asian community members.

The Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women
Technology for Social Inclusion and Learning
This project will eliminate barriers for 60 low-income immigrant and refugee women that have been exacerbated by the pandemic to enable active participation in training and language courses, by purchasing electronic devices for long-term use.

Unemployed Help Centre
Food Assistance Helpline Project
The Food Assistance Helpline Intake Worker will arrange appropriate food supports through the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association for individuals and families seeking help.

Victorian Order of Nurses – Ontario Branch
Visiting Nursing Project
This project will supply medical tools to allow for continued provision of community-based home nursing care for over 1200 individuals while maintaining a safe patient environment and decreasing potential spread of COVID-19.

Windsor Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre
WECYAC Advocate Services
This project will increase available support services to victims of child abuse and their non offending care givers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society
COVID-19 Relief Resource Room
This project will provide technology devices and other supplies to support Resource Parents in Windsor-Essex County.

Windsor Islamic Association
Islamic Social and Welfare Assistance
This project will provide personal protective equipment kits for over 500 individuals and families.

Windsor Public Library
Device Home Delivery Project
This project will provide technology devices for a loaning program to ensure blind and handicapped seniors have access to information and maintain meaningful social connections.

Windsor-Essex Transgender and Allied Support
Harm Reduction Chemical Dependency Program
Virtual harm reduction services will help 250 members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies who are seeking addiction support and who are not able to access in-person services due to COVID-19.

Workforce Windsor-Essex (in partnership with South Essex Community Council)
Taking Your Job Search Online
This project will create virtual resources to assist job seekers in Windsor-Essex during COVID-19 pandemic.

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
Summer Educational Toolkits
This program will provide summer activity toolkits for 630 children in low-income or at-risk neighbourhoods that focus on offline learning and play.

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
Virtual Babysitting & Home Alone Course
This project will provide free online courses for 320 youth who need the confidence to be home alone or develop skills to babysit family and neighbours during the COVID-19 pandemic

YMCA Southwestern Ontario
Day Camp for At-Risk Kids
This project will enable the delivery of a modified essential day camp for kids of families with no alternative care this summer.

Youth Connection Association
COVID-19 Mental Health and Counselling
This project will provide virtual support and computer training for vulnerable youth.

 

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