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United Way distributes $724,895 through Community Fund

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 United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) is pleased to announce the distribution of $724,895 to 48 local agencies and programs through the General Community Fund for this quarter. 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 $1.5M.

 This funding follows UWWRC’s recent online auction 80 for 80th, that commemorated UWWRC’s 80th year in Waterloo Region. The auction raised over $14,000 thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors and donors who contributed a host of wonderful items.

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.

 “We are so grateful for our community and the response we are getting via our fall campaign and things like our recent auction”, said Joan Fisk, UWWRC CEO. “As you can see, there is a discrepancy in funds available and the overall requests we receive on a quarterly basis. The real challenge is the need has increased and generally, donations to non-profits across North America have decreased. We’re doing everything we can to ensure our local agencies have the support they need going forward but this may be one of the most challenging times in our 80-year history. Just a little from a lot of people can help make a big difference in our community”. 

Funding Recipients (October – December 2021) 

  1. A Better Tent City Waterloo Region (Sponsor: Social Development Centre) 
  3. Argus Residence for Young People
  4. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region
  5. Bridges to Belonging
  6. Bring on the Sunshine (sponsor: Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Centre)
  7. Cambridge Self Help Food Bank
  8. Cambridge Shelter Corporation
  9. Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  10. Carizon Family and Community Services
  11. Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region
  12. Children & Youth Planning Table (CYPT) (via Region of Waterloo)
  13. Coalition of Muslim Women of KW
  14. Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot Townships
  15. Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
  16. Community Kitchen Cooperative KW Inc. (Sponsor: The Church of St John The Evangelist)
  17. Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More
  18. Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries
  19. Focus for Ethnic Women Waterloo Region Inc.
  20. Frontier College
  21. Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre
  22. House of Friendship
  23. Immigration Partnership (via Region of Waterloo)
  24. Interfaith Community Counselling Centre (ICCC)
  25. Kinbridge Community Association
  26. Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services Inc
  27. Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
  28. Langs Farm Village Association
  29. March of Dimes Canada
  30. oneROOF Youth Services
  31. Peace for All Canada (sponsor: Social Development Centre)
  32. Sanguen Health Centre
  33. Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
  34. Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre (SHORE Centre)
  35. Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
  36. Social Venture Partners
  37. SPECTRUM Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space
  38. Strong Start Charitable Organization
  39. The Healing of The Seven Generations (sponsor: Family and Children Services Waterloo Region)
  40. The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region
  41. Volunteer Action Centre of Waterloo Region
  42. Wilmot Family Resource Centre Inc.
  43. Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
  44. Woolwich Community Services
  45. YMCA of Three Rivers (Midwestern Ontario)
  46. YW Kitchener-Waterloo (aka YWCA KW)
  47. YWCA Cambridge

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