United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) has disbursed the second round of allocations from the UWNBC COVID-19 Relief Fund. A further $40,000 of funding was disbursed to 6 non-profit agencies across the region. These contributions are mainly provided to help our most vulnerable with food supplies and meals, transportation and delivery, personal care, and hygiene items, supports for programs to run considering physical distancing requirements, and resources for supporting the need for isolation.
In addition to this, UWNBC has transported a massive amount of essential supplies to agencies across Northern BC. These supplies include hundreds of boxes of food, sanitation supplies, and PPE that were transported at the beginning of May to 20 non-profit agencies providing front-line assistance to the most vulnerable population and have seen an increase or change in need related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To find out which agencies has received funding and essential supplies, visit COVID19 Funded Agencies
Although we are able to disburse the above amount of funding, we can’t lose sight of the need in the region continuing to grow and change as we move through this crisis. The total amount of requests we have received to date exceeds the amount of available funding in the UWNBC COVID-19 Relief Fund by almost eight (8) times and we continue to see applications from agencies in need of support. This means that it is not only more critical for gaps in basic needs to be identified to select the services being approved, but far more difficult to determine where to place the funding. This vast imbalance in need/funding available means either a significant reduction in what we can provide an agency from what they requested or having to make the further heartbreaking decision to not fund an organization that still truly needs help.
For this reason, the UWNBC is continuing our outreach and fundraising work to provide communities with further relief at this crucial time.
Click here to learn more about our funding process.
Click here to contribute to COVID19 Relief Fund.