Moncton, NB (Aug. 20, 2020) — Programs and organizations serving vulnerable citizens in southeastern and northeastern New Brunswick have received a total of $759,312.96 from the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), ensuring no one is left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As result of a call for applications launched in May, United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick (United Way GMSENB) has administered funding to 31 organizations leading 37 programs. The ECSF provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees who are adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
The Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton-Dieppe-Riverview, visisted the Inspiration Café in Moncton on Thursday to see the impact that the funds are having in the community and to thank volunteers for their efforts.
“Canadians have really had to come together and look out for each other during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Petitpas Taylor. “The countless volunteers who have pitched in to help their communities in their time of need are an absolute inspiration to all of us. That is why I am so proud our government has been there to support organizations like the United Way and their many community partners as their volunteers continue to provide valuable support to vulnerable Canadians in the wake of this pandemic.”
Myriam Mekni, executive director of MAGMA, said ECSF funding has enabled them to offer a much-needed level of support to new and prospective Canadians.
“The settlement process is often challenging but few were able to predict the added impacts brought on by the COVID pandemic,” said Mekni. “The ECSF fund has allowed MAGMA to enhance and expand its services to support many vulnerable individuals and families that otherwise would be left stranded.”
United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick is proud to support this important investment into our local communities.
“We’re inspired by the great work that frontline agencies are doing to meet the needs of our community,” said United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeast NB CEO Debbie McInnis. “Their work is essential to making sure everyone is equipped to manage the changes resulting from the pandemic.”
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Agencies funded through the Emergency Community Support Fund:
The United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick administered $501,024 for southeastern New Brunswick and $258,288.96 for northeastern New Brunswick, including Bathurst, Miramichi/Northumberland and Acadian Peninsula. The funded agencies are: