United Way Greater Toronto

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Putting your dollars to work 

The COVID-19 pandemic shows just how vital United Way’s connected and co-ordinated network of 270 front-line community agencies is now—and will continue to be in the weeks and months to come. By partnering with grassroots organizations and local government to provide a lifeline to individuals and families, we are ensuring there are no gaps in essential services and that no emergency needs go unmet.

Here’s how we’re making sure our agencies can keep doing this vital work: 
 
Providing regular funding 

If you made a gift to United Way before the pandemic, those dollars are already fuelling action on the front lines. We continue to invest $6 million each month in our network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York Region. Dependable and flexible, our existing funding allows our front-line agencies to do what they do best: help our most vulnerable neighbours in the most effective ways possible.

Thanks to gifts from people like you, our agencies are adapting to changing circumstances. Drop-in programs for street-involved people are now providing free to-go meals. Face-to-face visits with seniors are being transformed into regular telephone check-ins.  

But as more people are impacted by COVID-19, the need is going to grow—outstripping what our current funding can support.   

Emergency funding 

To meet that increasing need, we set up an emergency response fund. Within days, supporters like you stepped up and kickstarted this emergency Local Love Fund. 

This generosity is already making a difference. Since March, we’ve invested $1 million in rapid response emergency funding, supporting more than 70 projects across the GTA. These include:

  • Hospitality Workers Training Centre and Second Harvest teaming up to deliver 3,000 prepared meals to people experiencing homelessness and street-involved residents every week

  • Distress Centres of Greater Toronto purchasing equipment for staff so they can continue to provide counselling support remotely

  • Eighteen agencies organized under the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC) COVID-19 Collective Response Task Force working together to offer remote programming and to deliver meals and food hampers to Indigenous Elders, individuals and families in Toronto 

We are moving quickly to identify projects with a 24- to 48-hour turnaround time and will continue to send emergency funding into the community until this crisis is over.

Read more about what programs and services are currently receiving additional funding to meet emerging needs.

Programs funded by the Local Love Fund:

Provides grocery cards and pre-packaged meals to 25 youth and supports recruitment of staff for essential programs.

Region: York Region

Provides remote access to supports through the loan of 20 tablets with data service to 200 unemployed newcomer women.

Region: Toronto, Peel, York Region

Provides 700 people -- 120 households, 60 seniors and 120 families – with seedling kits for food and activity.

Region: Toronto

Distributes grocery cards to 80 families (300 people) within the African community in Brampton and Mississauga.

Region: Peel

Purchases and distributes essential items to 1,000 households in North Scarborough, supporting newcomers, refugees, racialized people and seniors.

Region: Toronto

Provides daily prepared meals to 10 isolated people living with dementia.

Region: York Region

Provides grocery cards to 14 recently incarcerated young people returning to the community, as well as peer support and programming for 25 other clients.

Region: Toronto

Supports six women and their children residing in shelters and 24 in transitional housing with food, grocery cards, clothing and essentials, as well as laptops and internet to access online resources.

Region: Toronto

Provides food, hygiene products and clothing to 250 Indigenous people each week.

Region: Toronto

Provides food baskets and essentials to 50 recent immigrants and refugees.

Region: Toronto

Provides meals to Francophone seniors and families (200 individuals/30 families).

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery gift cards, hygiene essentials, medication and virtual programming, including yoga and group sessions, for up to 30 participants.

Region: Toronto

Provides recycled laptops to enable remote support of 300 gender-based violence survivors, as well as food vouchers and hygiene products.

Region: Toronto

Provides tech support to help match 40 children with a mentor through a virtual mentoring program over several months.

Region: Toronto

Supports 140 food boxes for 70 households, including newcomers, substance users, trans, MSM and HIV-positive African, Caribbean and Black individuals and their families.

Region: Toronto

Provides food and other essentials through 600 meals and 135 grocery cards to 150 youth, men and families at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

Region: York Region

Provides virtual access to yoga, computer and English language sessions to reduce social isolation for 500 low-income, racialized, newcomer, seniors or people living with disabilities

Region: York Region

Provides online education and arts programming for 165 children and youth (ages 4-21), and their families, including technological equipment for some.

Region: Toronto

Provides 500 hygiene kits and 100 child activity packs.

Region: Toronto

Distributes grocery cards to 300 families including isolated seniors, those who are underhoused and people requiring mental health supports.

Region: Peel

Enables delivery of food to an additional 90 seniors and people living with disabilities in Mississauga and Brampton.

Region: Peel

Provides gas and grocery cards to families with special needs children in Caledon, also enabling them to make medical appointments.

Region: Peel

Provides public health precaution equipment, grocery cards and volunteer support to 300 Afro-black immigrants in Brampton, particularly seniors.

Region: Peel

Help purchase grocery cards for 200 people experiencing homelessness.

Region: Peel

Provides 140 gift cards and 25 cell phones for 125 people.

Region: York Region

Delivers food boxes to 100 individuals struggling with mental health issues.

Region: Toronto

Provides tablets and data plans to allow Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi and Tamil-speaking seniors to access information and programming.

Region: York Region

Covers mobile distribution of food and medication to 150 families of youth and youth with disabilities.

Region: Toronto

Provides 150 people with grocery and transit cards

Region: York Region

Trains 24 individuals to offer secure remote counselling to children, youth and adults.

Region: York Region

Provides food and pharmacy vouchers to newcomer Francophone immigrants and refugees in Toronto.

Region: Toronto

Provides meals and emergency food boxes for 30 seniors.

Region: York Region

Provides gift cards for 200 individuals of Georgina Island First Nation to purchase essential family hygiene products.

Region: Peel

Provides grocery cards to 100 newcomer/refugees and racialized individuals who are underhoused.

Region: Toronto

Covers grocery cards for 50 families, as well as 5-6 shared laptops.

Region: Toronto

Provides support and access to remote resources through coaching and smartphones.

Region: GTA

Provides technological support to enable remote mental health counselling for 200 clients, reaching newcomers, isolated seniors, racialized people, people living with disabilities and individuals impacted by domestic violence.

Region: GTA

Provides grocery kits to almost 150 people in supported living, and covers seven tablets and 20 data plans for those without access to the internet.

Region: Toronto

Raises awareness through social media campaign and traditional outreach strategies and provides 1,200 meals to individuals in need.

Region: York Region

Provides food and hygiene kits to 500 clients and their families (1,500 people) in the Caribbean and Latin American communities, including seniors, youth, newcomers and those with undocumented status.

Region: York Region

Provides hygiene kits for 116 people living in emergency shelters.

Region: GTA

Covers distribution of grocery cards to 350 seniors in South Parkdale, delivered through a partnership between four local service providers.

Region: Toronto

Purchases 30 laptops to provide technological access for 40-50 households.

Region: Toronto, York Region

Provides equipment and internet for 200 individuals with disabilities and their families to access online learning.

Region: York Region

Provides up to 100 people with weekly snack packs for 12 weeks.

Region: Toronto

Provides technological support to over 50 individuals with disabilities to assist in accessing virtual programs.

Region: Toronto, Peel

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Region: Toronto, Peel, York Region

Provides computers and internet access to 20 senior newcomer households.

Region: Toronto

Delivers 600 meals, meeting the dietary and cultural needs of 50 families (280 people) in downtown neighbourhoods.

Region: Toronto

Provides food hampers to 100 families.

Region: Toronto

Provides fresh produce and other food to low-income families.

Region: Toronto

Provides food and essentials to 450 seniors, newcomers and low-income households.

Region: Toronto

Supports production and packaging of 4,800 meals -- including vegetarian and halal options -- to be delivered by Meals on Wheels to isolated seniors and people with disabilities in Mississauga.

Region: Peel

Provides grocery and phone cards, cellphones and data to 60+ vulnerable people experiencing domestic violence, mental health and addiction challenges. Funds will also cover additional wages for frontline staff.

Region: GTA

Purchases used laptops to enable 100 young mothers, seniors and newcomer students in Black Creek and Humber Summit to access supports online.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards to 87 Indigenous youth.

Region: Toronto

Provides computers to enable remote educational and emotional support to almost 400 people living with epilepsy.

Region: GTA

Provides 35 individuals/12 families with $100 gift cards for groceries, telephone, internet and computer access, medications and virtual physical and mental therapy. Also prioritizes individuals not qualifying for CERB and CESB and at risk of homelessness. Volunteers will also receive honoraria for supporting members who speak Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Arabic and Harari.

Region: Toronto

Food and other necessities will be delivered to 50 vulnerable and isolated newcomer seniors and technology will be purchased to enable virtual interaction with seniors.

Region: GTA

Support 500 families to connect with mainstream programs and services and translate COVID-19 resources into Tigrinya and Arabic. Provide low-income Eritrean children and their families with laptops or tablets and access to the internet to continue their education.

Region: GTA

Distributes grocery cards to 40 female-led families impacted by domestic violence.

Region: Toronto

Provides meals for 123 youth living in emergency shelters or accessing day programs.

Region: Toronto

Provides 78 families with care packages, including painting and colouring activities and games to reduce stress, art therapy exercises and activities for parents and children to engage in non-directive play therapy.

Region: York Region

Provides planter boxes to 1,000 people/250 families living in high-rise buildings in inner suburb, priority neighbourhoods.

Region: Toronto

Purchases 1,650 grocery cards for clients living in transitional and affordable housing through a partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank and Loblaws.

Region: Toronto

Delivers online programs featuring COVID-19 public health and government resources information four days a week to 3,000 people.

Region: Peel

Provides food for 32 families, hygiene products for 100 girls and teens and virtual programming for 275, including mental health support, homework help, information and other support.

Region: York Region and Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Enables food banks to distribute food to 4,000 people.

Region: GTA

Conducts outreach via social media, emails and phone calls to isolated seniors and provides culturally appropriate hot meals for 231 isolated Vietnamese-Canadian seniors on a weekly basis.

Region: GTA

Fresh food will be prepared and distributed to 50 underhoused people for the next few months.

Region: Toronto

Provides up to 180 breakfasts and lunches daily for one month, as well as personal protection and cleaning supplies, to men over 50 experiencing homelessness.

Region: GTA

Provides grocery cards for food and cleaning supplies for almost 370 residents with addiction and mental health issues.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery gift cards, phones and SIM cards to 50 households across the GTA, reaching racialized populations and isolated seniors.

Region: GTA

Provides personal reproductive health kits to 75 survivors of violence.

Region: Peel

Delivers 20 laptops to a youth shelter for use by at-risk and homeless youth while in isolation.

Region: Toronto

A new emergency program will distribute 3,000 meals weekly to Toronto’s vulnerable residents struggling with food insecurity. Nutritious meals will be prepared using recovered food donated, and delivered, by Second Harvest to six downtown agencies for distribution, alleviating increased demand on food banks and drop-in services.

Region: Toronto

Provide foods vouchers and essentials to 32 Iraqi and Syrian newcomer and refugee families in for several months.

Region: York Region

Provides food hampers to 150 immigrant and refugee families (600 individuals), prioritizing isolated seniors.

Region: Toronto, York Region

Provides 140 food baskets to seniors, people with disabilities and single mothers.

Region: GTA

Provides food packages for 1,000 recently unemployed seniors and people experiencing homelessness.

Region: Toronto

Provides laptops to enable ongoing remote support of 2,000 clients.

Region: Peel

Supports 60 survivors of domestic violence with outfitted cell phones and access to laptops and internet at two shelter locations.

Region: Peel

Delivers food packages and hygiene kits to 50 families.

Region: GTA

Provides 500 low-income families with 3,000 kits containing food and essentials.

Region: Toronto, Peel, York Region

Delivers food packages and provides friendly phone check-ins to 40 seniors for six weeks.

Region: Toronto

Supports five to 10 neighbourhood leaders in assisting 1,500-2,500 residents in five buildings with food hampers and crisis response.

Region: Toronto

Provides food, hygiene products and internet access for 200 people with complex needs.

Region: GTA

Supports grocery and medication delivery for 50 isolated seniors each week for the next few months.

Region: Toronto, York Region

Provides staff with laptops, cell phone and video conferencing equipment to continue to support clients.

Region: York Region

Supports staff to provide case management for people in correctional facilities, including follow-ups with family, legal counsel and community services.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards for 20 families, as well as technological support to enable remote counselling for clients involved in the criminal justice system.

Region: York Region

Provides grocery cards, prepared meals, clothing and outdoor survival essentials to 75 people experiencing homelessness, mental health or addiction challenges.

Region: York Region

Provides food to 150 Francophone immigrant families.

Region: Toronto

Covers remote support and programming for 20 Black at-risk youth who are homeless and survivors of domestic violence.

Region: Peel

Provides laptops, tablets and WiFi access to 200 families, seniors and isolated individuals.

Region: Toronto, Peel

Provides up to 4,000 people with fresh food and produce.

Region: York Region

Provides online therapy to 75 youth experiencing mental health and addiction challenges.

Region: Toronto

Distributes culturally-appropriate food and essentials to seniors in North York.

Region: Toronto

Provides comfort packages and fresh food to 160 vulnerable seniors in North York.

Region: Toronto

Provides 25 Indigenous families with community care boxes, including gift cards for groceries, medicine, diapers, children’s activities and other supplies.

Region: Toronto

Provides food delivery and wellness checks for up to 70 households, including seniors and people with mental health concerns and disabilities.

Region: Toronto

Provides laptops to enable over 30 clients to receive ongoing mental health counselling or educational support.

Region: Toronto

Provides the local Black community with prepared meals for 20 seniors and vulnerable adults, phone cards for 50 families as well as virtual programming.

Region: Peel

Provides culturally-appropriate food to 100 racialized individuals in Malton, including newcomers, seniors, survivors of domestic violence and those requiring mental health support.

Region: Peel

Provides technological support to enable remote mental health counselling for 30 clients per day, reaching newcomers, isolated seniors, racialized people and individuals impacted by domestic violence.

Region: GTA

Supports outreach to 1,000 vulnerable community members, including seniors and people experiencing mental illness.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards to 100 families.

Region: Toronto

Respond to increased requests for mental health supports by disseminating 60 tips and coping strategies through social media and hosting two informal group sessions and three webinars for youth. This project will respond to 1,642 additional calls and texts by engaging oen trained peer-to-peer counsellor.

Region: GTA

Provides grocery cards to 1,000 low-income individuals and families.

Region: Toronto, Peel

Provides $60 gift cards to 70 newcomer families with children at home, for supplies, food and medication, as well as $50 gift cards to 60 seniors for nutritious food, medication and cleaning products.

Region: Peel

Provides 1,200 refugees, new immigrants, seniors and others with basic groceries.

Region: Toronto

Provides virtual programming support to 450 seniors and caregivers.

Region: Toronto

Sets up technology in the homes of 25 isolated senior women, including newcomer, refugee and racialized women residing in the York South-Weston neighbourhood, to provide access to virtual services and deliver 200 one-on-one remote sessions.

Region: Toronto

Provides outfitted laptops to enable 10 racialized, immigrant and refugee youth to complete industry certification exams.

Region: Toronto, Peel, York Region

Supports non-profits and agencies through the curation and development of resources, including free webinars, templates, policies and procedures, addressing questions and providing access to experts.

Region: GTA

Provides grocery cards to 60 low-income, marginalized women.

Region: Toronto

Provides basic needs for 35-40 youth who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Region: Peel

Provides 150 seniors with seven or 14-day food hampers.

Region: Toronto

Delivers food packages to 100 newcomer/refugee families.

Region: York Region

Covers outfitted cell phones to provide support and security to 35 women experiencing violence.

Region: Peel

Provides grocery cards for 50 youth, non-status individuals and unemployed young parents.

Region: Toronto

Provides staff with laptops and equipment to continue to serve clients remotely. Funding also covers mobile phones to maintain communication with several refugee families.

Region: Peel

Develops a portal for family members and service providers, providing clear, accurate and user-friendly information and help accessing relief measures. The project will coordinate with the five partners of the Greater Toronto Financial Empowerment initiative, Social Planning Toronto and 211 to avoid duplication and ensure the portal is easily accessible, updated and maintained until COVID-19 related emergency benefits end.

Region: GTA

Provides hygiene kits, groceries, phone cards and school supplies for 190 individuals in Peel and Scarborough, including newcomers, racialized and underhoused people, seniors, students and domestic violence survivors.

Region: Toronto, Peel

Provides 1,000 prepared meals for seniors, newcomers, youth and racialized people, as well as eight laptops to enable remote support for counselling, information and referral.

Region: Peel

Provides $200 gift cards to 20 LGBTQ+ youth for food, cleaning supplies and other essential products.

Region: Toronto

Provides ipads to 12 seniors with mental health challenges, enabling family connection and access to medical appointments and programming.

Region: Toronto, York Region

Provides 200 food baskets, 100 grocery cards, 50 coffee cards and 200 hygiene kits to support 500 people who are marginally housed or struggling with homelessness.

Region: Toronto

Provides recycled computers and internet access to 116 individuals and families, enabling them to connect to financial supports made available through the government.

Region: Toronto

Provides and distributes culturally-appropriate food and essentials to 100 single mothers and seniors in North Etobicoke.

Region: Toronto

Purchases 15 recycled laptops to establish a local library, enabling access to essential information, programs and services.

Region: Toronto

Provides online autism support and counselling sessions--both group and individual—to 50 newcomer South Asian映浡汩敩⁳楷桴礠畯杮挠楨摬敲⹮䰠 慓敫湥桡䠠浯獥ⴠ吠畲瑳敥⁤祢

Region: Toronto

Enables caseworkers to provide culturally-appropriate food to 200 people, and support 50 women and children with remote counselling, emergency shelter and food.

Region: Toronto

Provides food, essentials and technological and mental health supports to 110 vulnerable women and youth.

Region: York Region

Provides three portable toilets with handwashing stations to support at least 100 individuals experiencing homelessness.

Region: Toronto

Provides 1,360 fresh meals, filling a gap left by the local food bank that is currently closed.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards for almost 100 people living with illness, including children and seniors.

Region: Toronto, Peel, York Region

Grocery cards and medication will be provided to 200 homeless and street-involved women and transgender people.

Region: Toronto

Supports refurbished laptops for 35 people to participate in online programming for several months.

Region: GTA

Provides 25 families with grocery cards, hygiene kits, children’s activity sets, as well as other essentials.

Region: GTA

Assists 50 children with disabilities by providing behavioural needs support and coaching to parents and caregivers.

Region: GTA & Surrounding Areas

Provides grocery cards for 60 families (250 people) including single parents, seniors, vulnerable youth, children and newcomers.

Region: Toronto

Provides technological support to enable remote case management and counselling for 1,200 women, ESL speakers and newcomers, racialized individuals or those impacted by domestic violence.

Region: GTA

Covers data plans for donated phones distributed to 134 people experiencing homelessness in Toronto's East End.

Region: Toronto

Distributes baby essentials to mothers, including newcomers, refugees and racialized women, in Scarborough Village.

Region: Toronto

Delivers food, hygiene and other emergency supplies to 80 vulnerable youth from the child welfare system and provides housing subsidies to a dozen young people, ensuring they remain safely housed.

Region: Toronto

In cooperation with the Daily Bread Food Bank, funding will provide seniors with 40 food baskets per week.

Region: Toronto, Peel

Supports women experiencing homelessness with access to food, shelter, and mental health outreach to those at-risk.

Region: Toronto

Provides access to crucial hygiene services to prevent spread of the virus among street-involved individuals. This includes washing stations, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene kits and food cards.

Region: Toronto

Grocery cards will be provided to 30+ young people and their families.

Region: Toronto

Supports daily distribution of 200 takeaway meals to vulnerable members of LGBTQ+ community.

Region: Toronto

A partnership between United Way, the City of Toronto and Red Cross ensures vulnerable seniors receive nutritious food they aren’t able to access during isolation or quarantine. The Red Cross will coordinate requests for food security support, while screening for emergency and other needs. Food hampers will be delivered, ensuring clients’ health and well-being.

Region: Toronto

In coordination with Greenest City and Second Harvest, provides 200 meals, 125 bags of groceries, 50 good food boxes, 100 hygiene kits, clothing and outdoor essentials for people in community housing and the shelter system in Parkdale.

Region: Toronto

Provides laptops to enable remote support for seniors, as well as grocery cards and essentials for 100 racialized seniors and 50 marginalized Black families in Mississauga and Brampton.

Region: Peel

Delivers food, grocery cards and hygiene products to 250 low-income people in Scarborough.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards for 40 Muslim families to access culturally-appropriate food, supporting single parents, seniors and racialized individuals.

Region: Peel

Delivers 2-3 fresh produce food boxes to 100 families (through FoodShare) and $20 grocery gift cards to 30 families.

Region: Toronto

Provides food bank clients with information outreach, through traditional and social media.

Region: Peel

Provides almost 700 additional meals for the Meals on Wheels program, as well as grocery cards for 200 people experiencing homelessness.

Region: Toronto

Provides tech hardware to enable ongoing remote support for 25 survivors of domestic violence.

Region: Toronto

Provides technology and WiFi for 200 individuals, including seniors, newcomers and racialized people, to assist in accessing services for income assistance, food access, mental health support and social connection.

Region: Toronto

Delivers 1,000 culturally-appropriate food hampers to isolated seniors in Thorncliffe, Flemingdon Park and St. James Town.

Region: Toronto

Enables 18 agencies serving the Indigenous community – and organized under the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC) COVID-19 Collective Response Task Force – to offer remote programming and deliver meals and food hampers to Indigenous Elders, individuals and families in Toronto.

Region: Toronto

Delivers groceries, prescriptions and other essentials to 1,000 isolated seniors and people with disabilities.

Region: Toronto

Provides tablets to youth experiencing homelessness in isolation and who are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Region: Toronto

Establishes a toll-free hotline available in 180 languages, connecting low-income seniors with volunteers to pick-up food and essentials. Four hundred deliveries a day will also be provided until the end of June.

Region: Toronto

Provides 480 fresh produce boxes and 800 meals to vulnerable individuals and families.

Region: York Region

Provides 120 people experiencing homelessness with outreach and peer support, as well as hot meals, clothing, sleeping bags, toiletries, harm reduction kits and other outdoor essentials.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards, baby formula and sanitary products to 50 families, including isolated seniors, newcomer families and those with mental health issues.

Region: GTA

Increases community program capacity by creating two regional volunteerism support teams. The Volunteer Success Team will provide enhanced volunteer screening and referral, including vulnerable sector checks and intensive basic training to expedite capacity support with volunteer matching. Working with Spark Ontario, the team also provides advisory support to volunteers using the provincial platform.

Region: GTA

Provides grocery cards, hot meals and technological support to 350-500 seniors, youth, newcomers and those experiencing homelessness or mental health challenges.

Region: Toronto

The Financial Empowerment Initiative, in collaboration with various United Way agencies, supports 5,000 households in completing tax returns (and realizing appropriate low-income credits) and accessing emergency government benefits. This includes triaging calls, providing material in 10 languages, employing 15 tax experts, and an on-line portal providing information on eligibility for federal/provincial benefits.

Region: Toronto

Provide gift cards for essentials to 60 women and children.

Region: Toronto

Ensures safe distribution of essential supplies -- diapers, detergent, hygiene items and medication -- to 160 racialized newcomer and refugee women.

Region: Toronto

Supports 75 participants with online Food Handling certificate courses.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards to 24 women and their children who have fled violence

Region: York Region

Supports 600 visits to the food bank for healthy food options and crucial hygiene supplies, as well as counselling and mental health support for 60 people.

Region: Toronto

Gift cards for food and essentials will be provided to 100 women and children in need.

Region: York Region

Provides technological support to enable almost 225 new clients in accessing online counselling services, meeting growing mental health needs among children, youth and young adults.

Region: Toronto

Provides 50 families with virtual case management support, mental health counselling and referrals.

Region: Toronto, York Region

Provides healthy meals to a homeless youth shelter in North Etobicoke, as well as food parcels for 70 at-risk youth.

Region: Toronto

Provides remote support and workshops to promote mental wellness among young people and their families.

Region: Toronto, York Region

Covers grocery cards for 400 tenants in subsidized housing.

Region: Toronto

Federal funding

The federal government is also responding to this unprecedented crisis with emergency funding. To deliver that funding, they looked to United Way's trusted network. 

Here is how United Way Greater Toronto is working with the federal government to allocate the funding:

  • We are administering a grant from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. United Way Greater Toronto has been allotted $850,000 to distribute, and agencies serving vulnerable seniors in the GTA are currently applying for funding. The application deadline is April 30, and we plan to turn around funding decisions in 24 to 48 hours to ensure the funds are being put to work in the community as soon as possible.

  • The federal government has launched a $350-million Emergency Community Support Fund. It is partnering with United Way Centraide Canada to disburse a portion of these funds to local agencies. United Way Greater Toronto is working with the government and United Way Centraide to understand how many dollars will be allocated to our network. As soon as details are available, we will move quickly to distribute funding.


Programs funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program:

Increases number and frequency of virtual supports for isolated seniors to improve mental wellbeing.

Region: Peel

Provides weekly virtual sharing circles to reduce isolation and provide information about COVID-19. The program will also provide basic hygiene supplies for isolated senior women.

Region: Toronto

Provides nutritious groceries to vulnerable Indigenous seniors and grocery cards to those who are mobile.

Region: Toronto

Provides bi-weekly delivery of groceries and other supplies to isolated seniors in the Bangladeshi community.

Region: Toronto

Increases online supports to improve connection and mental health, and continues regular seniors programming remotely.

Region: Toronto

Modifies current programming to include virtual visits and increased support during home visits (including meals, groceries, medication, and cognitive and social programming) and uses existing infrastructure to deliver food across rural areas. Also helps sustain transportation services in a program that is struggling in a fee-for-service model.

Region: Peel

Provides culturally appropriate food to isolated seniors of the South Asian community.

Region: Toronto

Keeps isolated, vulnerable seniors and marginalized individuals safe and supported by delivering meals, groceries, medication and other essential items, as well as providing transportation, counselling support and care coordination.

Region: Toronto

Provides nutritious meals designed by a qualified dietician, and delivery of packaged groceries to isolated Chinese seniors.

Region: York Region

Provides hot meals, food, and vitamins to isolated Francophone seniors.

Region: Peel

Provides food and other essentials, and offers adapted outreach and referral services for needs assessment and mental health supports.

Region: York Region

Provides grocery cards and transportation for Elders and senior residents of Georgian Island to purchase food and pick up medication.

Region: York Region

Enables expansion of the Meals on Wheels program to include additional food and essential items.

Region: Toronto

Expands program for seniors experiencing vision loss to address food insecurity arising from COVID-19. Includes phone check-ins, shopping by volunteers and financial assistance for groceries.

Region: Toronto

Provides delivery of meals and groceries to isolated, low-income seniors.

Region: Toronto

Delivers 200 food packages to low-income, racialized seniors.

Region: GTA

Ensures vulnerable newcomer seniors have access to groceries and other essentials, and provides a virtual platform for access to programming.

Region: Toronto

Develops online training modules for volunteer recruitment and training, and enables expansion of services as demand for calls and online support grows.

Region: Toronto

Expands meal provision in response to growing demand and addresses the need for additional packaging, refrigeration and food processing.

Region: Peel

Translates services to an online format for virtual support, designed to reduce isolation and improve mental health.

Region: Toronto

Provides grocery cards, delivery and transitional supports, including PPE, as well as cultural and spiritual support for Indigenous clients, staff and volunteers.

Region: Toronto

Delivers meals to clients of the supportive housing agency.

Region: Toronto

Provides additional staff to address growing need for phone-based grief and other forms of counselling, and to support food, technology, transportation and medication needs where identified.

Region: York Region

Provides tablets and home activity kits to ensure seniors maintain virtual connection and access online programming.

Region: Peel

Provides culturally relevant in-home support for Islamic seniors, including food, cleaning supplies, and medication.

Region: York Region

Provides a virtual platform for needs assessment and mental health supports, as well as delivery of medication, food and other essential items.

Region: Toronto

Provides transportation, food, protective and sanitation supplies, medication and other home care services for Islamic/South Asian seniors.

Region: Peel

Provides access to healthy, culturally-appropriate food, in addition to wrap-around health and social supports.

Region: Toronto

Enables expansion of Meals on Wheels services to increase frequency and include emergency food kits and sanitary products for vulnerable seniors of the Jewish community who have kosher dietary restrictions.

Region: GTA

Provides virtual check-ins, meal and grocery delivery and support with other essentials to Korean seniors in their mother tongue.

Region: Toronto

Enables expansion of current food security program to respond to increased demand for groceries for isolated seniors.

Region: Peel

Delivers meals, food hampers and essentials to vulnerable isolated seniors.

Region: Toronto

Enables adaptation of programming to offer virtual supports to seniors who are isolated and struggling with mental health issues, and expand to deliver culturally-appropriate food items.

Region: Peel

Increases virtual programming for isolated seniors in Malvern and North East Scarborough. to include mental health and physical wellbeing supports and needs assessment.

Region: Toronto

Expands culturally-relevant food delivery to frail South Asian seniors, and offers increased support of medication delivery, incontinence and hygiene kits, as well as virtual support.

Region: Peel

Provides one kosher meal per day to seniors with intellectual disabilities who live alone and enables increased telephone access to social workers.

Region: York Region

Provides hot meal delivery twice a week for vulnerable seniors from the Black, African and Caribbean population.

Region: Peel

Addresses social isolation and food security by providing hot meals and friendly phone calls to vulnerable seniors in Georgina.

Region: York Region

Delivers groceries, culturally-appropriate hot meals and sanitization supplies to Tamil seniors.

Region: Peel

Enables adaptation of current services for virtual delivery via Zoom, WhatsApp and other language-specific apps.

Region: York Region

Provides tablets and new virtual programming to address isolation.

Region: Peel

Enables expansion of programming to provide virtual services and culturally appropriate meal delivery for immobile seniors and grocery cards for others.

Region: Toronto

Provides meal and grocery delivery, as well as virtual wellness checks for vulnerable seniors.

Region: Toronto

Enables adaptation of services to a virtual format to ensure seniors stay socially connected, receive food delivery, prescription assistance and transportation to medical appointments.

Region: Toronto

Enables expansion of the agency’s Friendly Phone program to meet the growing need for social connection, and to support access to other required services.

Region: Toronto

Provides emergency food hampers for vulnerable seniors from equity-seeking groups residing in underserved areas (Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park and St. James Town).

Region: Toronto

Provides culturally relevant meal delivery service for Caribbean and African seniors.

Region: York Region

Provides culturally-specific food as well as medical and hygiene supplies for isolated seniors.

Region: Toronto

Delivers food hampers and/or vouchers to vulnerable and racialized seniors in Malton and Brampton.

Region: Peel

Provides grocery cards and pickup and delivery services to Indigenous senior residents of Wigwamen Terrace and throughout Toronto.

Region: Toronto

Provides delivery of emergency food baskets to isolated seniors.

Region: York Region

 

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