Atlantic Canada-wide COVID-19 support fund
Imagine not having a place to wash your hands, or not having access to a phone or the Internet right now. Imagine not being able to stay home because it isn’t safe to do so.
Physical distancing is challenging all of us in new ways, but for people experiencing homelessness, it’s impossible. Staying home certainly isn’t convenient, but for people experiencing domestic violence, it’s life threatening. And for those experiencing food insecurity or mental illness, loss of contact with services and people is more than a frustration, it’s a crisis.
Our community needs our support now more than ever. Donating to United Way’s Atlantic Compassion Fund is the easiest and most efficient way you can help.
When you donate, agencies who are helping people in our communities make it through this crisis will receive the gift of your support within days.
The Atlantic Compassion Fund was created in partnership with Atlantic Business Interiors and the 11 United Ways across Atlantic Canada, led by United Way Halifax. So far, our community has responded with generosity and kindness, but the needs continue to grow. If you are able, please consider taking action now with a donation to the Atlantic Compassion Fund.
Please state in the message function which Atlantic United Way your gift should go to from the list below:
NS – Halifax
NS – Cape Breton
NS – Colchester County
NS – Cumberland County
NS – Lunenburg County
NS – Pictou County
NB – Central New Brunswick
NB – Greater Moncton & South Eastern New Brunswick
NB – Saint John, Kings, & Charlotte
NL – Newfoundland & Labrador
PE – Prince Edward Island
Here are some examples of how your donations to the Atlantic Compassion fund will be used:
• meet the immediate needs of the most marginalized in our community, such as providing access to food, medicine, transportation, and mental health support;
• support outreach to seniors and vulnerable populations, such as grocery and supply deliveries, safety check-ins, or community interventions that replace traditional drop-in centre programming that is not permitted at this time;
• pay for deep cleaning services and related supplies and protections for community facilities and shelters; and,
• provide discretionary funds to service providers so they are better able to help those who will be underemployed, displaced, or further marginalized.
When this period of social distancing comes to an end, the Atlantic Compassion Fund may support programming or initiatives that will help bring our communities back together.
THANK YOU for taking action.