Local Non-Profits Benefit From Federal Support

The Winkler Community Foundation (WCF) has injected an additional $30,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations that continue to support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to Round 2 of the federal government’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

Round 1 of ECSF was distributed over the summer and Round 2 launched on October 5, 2020.

As a result, WCF is supporting the following projects/initiatives through this latest instalment:
– $6,000 was invested to fund Kids Korner Nursery School to purchase individual supplies for participants and wages for additional cleaning staff;
– $6,000 was invested to fund Eden Health Care towards a temporary outdoor visitation shelter;
– $3,500 was invested to fund Winkler & District Multipurpose Senior Centre for increased staff needs to assist volunteers to keep up with COVID-19 regulations to provide services and towards dishwasher replacement.
– $7,000 to Regional Connections Immigrant Services towards “HIPPY” program – provide access to technology to deliver program & services to families isolated at home.
– $7,500 to Eden Residential Care Services to offer technology equipment to meet the needs of mental health clients.

“The Winkler Community Foundation is here to support our community to the best of our ability. We appreciate the opportunity to obtain grants from the government and to distribute the funds to local charities to assist them during this pandemic,” said WCF President, Scott Doell, in a news release.

The foundation added that since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared over 9 months ago, community-based charities and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support, in particular to individuals and communities experiencing heightened vulnerability.

“Charities, nonprofit organizations and First Nations governments are pillars of their communities who are working tirelessly to serve their communities,” added the news release. “We know the need for funding is still significant. We are happy to support local projects and organizations so they can continue to serve our community. Community Foundation’s of Canada continues to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for the charitable sector.”