The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) was a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to support vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.
The Government of Canada partnered with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross to distribute the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) across the country.
United Ways and Centraides in Canada are pleased to provide support to local community service organizations that provide rapid, emergency community support to vulnerable community members.
Ability NB – The funds that United Way Central New Brunswick has granted to Ability NB will go towards their Kitchen Table Project. This project will contact all of their closed service participants with a mobility disability in New Brunswick and conduct a wellness check and explore current goals and needs by using their navigator framework.
Alzheimer Society of NB – By helping to fund the Alzheimer Society of NB, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping them to provide wellness checks, training/education and system and resource navigation. These programs are aimed at providing training on COVID-19 related challenges, reducing social isolation, and helping families navigate programs and services.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fredericton / Oromocto – By contributing funds to their Big Brothers Big Sisters COVID-19 Service Response, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping Big Brothers Big Sisters Fredericton and Oromocto to build organizational mentoring capacity and to modify meet-ups to serve 30 additional young people who face adversity and increased levels of toxic stress due to COVID-19 and social isolation.
Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton -By putting funds towards their home activity kits for children and youth, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton to provide children with kits that will allow them to participate in virtual program opportunities while also providing them with materials and supplies to do self-guided activities at home.
Capital Region Mental Health and Addictions Association (1) – By funding their online support group for caregivers, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping Capital Region Mental Health and Addictions Association provide a free group for those who care for individuals with mental health concerns!
Capital Region Mental Health and Addictions Association (2) – By granting funds towards their Suicide Intervention Training, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling Capital Region Mental Health and Addictions Association to offer free of charge training in English and French. It will deliver knowledge and tools to individuals to intervene in a suicide crisis.
Care ‘N’ Share Inc. Family Resource Center – By funding the Care ‘N’ Share Family Resource Center, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping them to address the mental health challenges encountered by families due to COVID-19 through workshops and activities. It will also enable them to hire a new staff person!
Carleton Victoria Community Vocational Board Inc. – By helping to fund Carleton Victoria Community Vocational Board Inc. ‘s Employment Support Services Program, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping them to renovate their client activity area. This will enable them to continue providing social inclusion, employment support and one-on-one services to their clients!
Centre D’Apprentissage Dexter Learning Center – By funding Centre D’Apprentissage Dexter Learning Center, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling them to teach life and work skills to people living with a disability. This will help clients to stay in touch with family and friends and learn how to use new technologies.
CHIMO – By funding the Chimo Helpline, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling Chimo to update their current phone system to a cloud-based solution that can accommodate organizational growth and change. This will increase their capacity to improve access to mental health support services for New Brunswickers.
Chipman’s Youth Centre – By providing funds to Chipman’s Youth Centre, United Way Central New Brunswick is investing in social inclusion and learning opportunities for rural youth. The funds will enable the Chipman Youth Centre to operate a summer day camp during the summer months and an afterschool program from September to March!
Elementary Literacy Inc – By putting funds towards their Provincial Elf and Clef Program Adaptions to Virtual Delivery Format, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping Elementary Literacy Inc. to develop an online training program for their volunteers. This will ensure that all children that require high impact literacy interventions will receive them.
Estey Art Initiative – The funds that United Way Central New Brunswick has provided to Estey Art Initiative will go towards their Estey Art Summer Camps 2020. Families are looking for solutions for learning and engagement, as well as daytime care for their children. Estey’s camps are able to offer this. The camps will be available to children 6-12 at various locations across NB.
Family Enrichment and Counselling Services – United Way Central New Brunswick is helping Family Enrichment and Counselling Services respond to growing demand for mental health support especially coming from vulnerable communities. Affordable counselling session will enhance the wellbeing of community members by providing them with the coping skills and resources needed.
Frontier College Fredericton – By funding Frontier College Fredericton, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping them to invest in literacy and essential skills for high-need and under-served children, youth and adults in the region of Fredericton. They will be launching online literacy support and tutoring for 300+ existing and new learners!
Greener Village Community Food Centre – The funding that United Way Central New Brunswick has granted to the Greener Village Community Food Centre will enable them to increase their warehouse and cooler space. This initiative will greatly improve the efficiency that Greener Village has to deliver higher quality food to their clients and partnering agencies!
Habitat for Humanity Fredericton Area – By granting funds to Habitat for Humanity to acquire safety equipment and additional staffing, United Way of Central New Brunswick is helping them to fulfill their 2020 goals of building affordable homes and helping three families transition to affordable homeownership through their mortgage model.
Harvey Community Hospital Foundation – Through funding their Meals on Wheels Program, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling the Harvey Community Hospital Foundation to provide nutritious meals to those living with disabilities or recovering from illness or injury in the Greater Harvery Area! It will also help relieve social exclusion and food insecurity.
John Howard Society of Fredericton – By funding needed renovations to the John Howard Society of Fredericton’s Homeless Shelter, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping them to provide low-barrier nightly accommodations to those who may have no other option. The John Howard Society of Fredericton refers to this as a life saving option to direct living on the street.
Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch (1) – By funding their Information and Empowerment through Peer Support and Webinars program, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch to provide educational resources and support to foster, maintain, and increase positive mental health and connection.
Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch (2) – By funding their Home Medical Aids program, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch to provide dialysis patients, in centre and at home, with access to medical aids normally accessible in the community such as blood pressure cuffs.
L’Escale MadaVic – By providing funds to L’Escale MadaVic, United Way is helping them ensure that women who are victims of violence receive essential services. Their initiatives will be used to help a population vulnerable to homelessness by providing food, medicine, and transportation.
Multicultural Association of Fredericton – By providing funds to the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling them to assist newcomers by refurbishing 200 laptops for language classes, settlement/employment/well-being information & orientation sessions.
Nackawic Area Wellness – By putting funds towards their Meals4U program, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling Nackawic Area Wellness to help seniors, many who live alone in reduced circumstances and coping with physical limitations. The program serves a nutritious meal and helps volunteers connect with the client(s) to make sure they are okay and doing well.
New Brunswick Association of Community Living – By funding the New Brunswick Association of Community Living, United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling them to offer virtual sessions to build capacity and resiliency across NB for individuals who have an intellectual disability, their families, and stakeholders.
OPAL Family Services – The funding that United Way Central New Brunswick is providing to OPAL Family Services will enable them to hire an additional staff member to support individuals with disabilities and their families. This will provide these individuals with assistance in navigating various community services.
Roots of Empathy – By providing funds to Roots of Empathy, United Way Central New Brunswick is supporting 17 of the 51 programs offered by Roots of Empathy and will impact 425 children when they return to elementary school in the fall. Their newly written curriculum will enable the children to cope with the stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19.
Services a la Famille Restigouche – Central New Brunswick is enabling Services a la Famille Restigouche to purchase equipment allowing children in specialized residences to stay in virtual contact with their families and equipment to help support emotional wellbeing.
Sexual Violence NB – By funding their Volunteer Crisis Intervention Program, United Way Central Brunswick is helping Sexual Violence NB to set up text and chat-based support services which will enable them to expand their current phone-based 24-hour support line!
Smythe Street Cathedral Inc. – By funding Smythe Street Cathedral Inc. United Way Central New Brunswick is enabling them to provide community relief assistance to refugees, immigrants, and other community members by suppling critical food, medical, and household expenses.
St. Mary’s First Nation (1) – By providing funding to their technology connections project, United Way Central New Brunswick is assisting St. Mary’s First Nation with their goal of helping children and youth aged 6-18 to access the technology needed to continue to work online to meet their school work requirements.
St. Mary’s First Nation (2) – The funding that United Way Central New Brunswick is putting towards their Financial Literacy pilot project will enable St. Mary’s First Nation to provide two, five-week facilitated financial planning sessions. These sessions will help vulnerable people learn how to manage their finances and resources.
Upper Miramichi Community Library – By providing the Miramichi Community Library with the required funds to retrofit their library circulation desk with Plexiglas panels, set up floor markers, install hand-washing stations, and purchase antiseptic wipes, United Way Central New Brunswick is helping the library to safely re-open.