The impact of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund
In March 2020, Centraide created the COVID-19 Emergency fund to help community agencies implement exceptional measures to assist isolated and vulnerable people hit hard by the health crisis.
The goal was to ensure that people had enough food to eat and a roof over their heads and were physically and mentally safe.
> When solidarity, expertise and agility come together
Donors responded quickly and generously to our call for donations.
In no time flat, agencies assessed the needs of their community and applied for funding.
Centraide set up a streamlined process to evaluate requests and transfer funding to agencies as quickly as possible..
> The Impact
From the first weeks of the lockdown, vulnerable people were given the help they needed.
The $7.2 million invested allowed agencies to provide ongoing support.
A few figures
Although the data below is not exhaustive, it provides a snapshot of what our agencies were able to accomplish in a matter of weeks. Note that not all agencies were able to precisely record everything they did while in crisis mode
“We had to get creative to keep listening, supporting and helping people. We were able to purchase a computer and a Zoom license so that our staff could work remotely and stay connected to families.”
“People in a situation of homelessness who didn’t want to leave the neighbourhood for a downtown shelter were given access to food and sleeping bags. We also gave them hygiene products and protective equipment. We continued to offer support, listening and referrals to other services.”
“Requests for meals on wheels and frozen meals have increased. We developed a service to provide friendly phone calls in different languages combined with a psychosocial support service. We launched a food assistance service (with deliveries) along with a free grocery delivery service.”
“Our emergency food aid allowed families in a vulnerable situation to keep getting access to healthy food. This service also helped many of our clients realize that they are not completely isolated or without resources.”