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Press Release: United Way distributes $712,357 through General Community Fund

United Way Supports 60 local agencies and programs (April-June 2022)

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United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) is pleased to announce the distribution of $712,357 to 60 local agencies and programs through the General Community Fund for this quarter (Q1). The monies will fund services and programs that support basic needs, provide mental health supports, and reduce isolation. The total funds requested during this application period was over $2 million. The demand for funding far outweighs what is presently available and the situation is becoming more critical as the cost of food, housing, and other basic needs continues to increase.

UWWRC also has a long history of helping refugees and newcomers to our region,
through various settlement activities and programs. In preparation for this, UWWRC
recently wrapped up their Waterloo Region Relief Fund campaign, which raised an
additional $40,000. These funds will enable refugee and immigrant settlement supports
locally such as:
o Mental health
o Culturally sensitive family and child counselling
o Systems navigation
o Housing
o Food security
o Pre-employment and employment services

UWWRC’s General Community Fund is now distributed every 3 months in order to be
more responsive to community needs and provide rapid local solutions. There is an
open call for applications quarterly to fund the most relevant programs and
organizations, with a more agile and focused application process, including a stronger
emphasis on equity and inclusion. All funds are raised locally and are distributed to local
organizations.

Funding Recipients (April – June 2022)

See the full list of organizations/programs we have been able to support in the last 12 months on our Who We Fund Page. We are proud to have funded the following organizations in our most recent quarter.

  1. Ontario 211
  2. A Better Tent City Waterloo Region (Sponsor: Social Development Centre)
  3. ACCKWA
  4. Adventure4Change
  5. Anishnabeg Outreach
  6. Argus Residence for Young People
  7. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region
  8. Bridges to Belonging
  9. Bring on the Sunshine (sponsor: Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Centre)
  10. Cambridge Self Help Food Bank
  11. Cambridge Shelter Corporation
  12. Canadian Arab Women’s Association (sponsor: CIDO, The Canadian International Development Organization)
  13. CNIB Foundation (formerly Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  14. Capacity Canada
  15. Carizon Family and Community Services
  16. Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region
  17. Children & Youth Planning Table (CYPT)
  18. Coalition of Muslim Women of KW
  19. Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot Townships
  20. Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
  21. Community Kitchen Cooperative KW Inc. (sponsor: The Church of St John The Evangelist)
  22. Compass Refugee Centre (formerly MCRS)
  23. Crow Shield Lodge
  24. DeafBlind Ontario Services
  25. Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries
  26. Focus for Ethnic Women Waterloo Region Inc.
  27. Food4Kids Waterloo Region Inc.
  28. Frontier College
  29. Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre
  30. Highland Stirling Community Group (HSCG)
  31. House of Friendship
  32. Immigration Partnership (via Region of Waterloo)
  33. Independent Living Centre
  34. Interfaith Community Counselling Centre (ICCC)
  35. John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington
  36. Kinbridge Community Association
  37. Kind Minds Family Wellness (Sponsor: Community Justice Initiatives)
  38. Kitchener-Waterloo Access-Ability
  39. Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Inc
  40. Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
  41. Langs Farm Village Association
  42. March of Dimes Canada
  43. Muslim Social Services Waterloo Region
  44. oneROOF Youth Services
  45. Peace for All Canada (sponsor: Social Development Centre)
  46. Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
  47. Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre (SHORE Centre)
  48. Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
  49. Social Venture Partners
  50. Spectrum Waterloo Region’s Community Space
  51. Strong Start Charitable Organization
  52. The Healing of The Seven Generations (sponsor: Family and Children Services Waterloo Region)
  53. The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region
  54. Volunteer Action Centre of Waterloo Region
  55. Wilmot Family Resource Centre Inc.
  56. Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
  57. Woolwich Counselling Centre
  58. The Working Centre
  59. YW Kitchener-Waterloo (aka YWCA KW)
  60. YWCA Cambridge

Check out all of the the agencies we’ve been able to fund this year thanks to your support!