Based on the advice of public health authorities, United Way East Ontario has made the decision to not proceed with the Community Builder of the Year Awards in light of the extraordinary circumstances we are all facing, as our community addresses the COVID-19 crisis.
Over the last few months, we have been planning and looking forward to celebrating community builders from across East Ontario. We’re grateful to all those who submitted applications for some very deserving recipients. We will look to a time in the future—when we can recognize the outstanding efforts of people and organizations that make our communities great. In the meantime, we will continue to recognize the amazing people doing incredible local work to help the most vulnerable by sharing their stories on our website and social channels.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to recognize the vital role the community sector plays in times of crisis.
United Way East Ontario’s response to COVID-19
Right now, United Way is focused on working closely with public health authorities, social service agencies and volunteers to support those most in need during this public health challenge.
In response, we launched an effort to support our local communities in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County, during this global crisis. If you can, we are asking you to consider your community and those most vulnerable, and urge you to help.
With your support, we can address the following needs:
- Help for seniors – Ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported.
- Basic needs – Ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food.
- Capacity for community services – Ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital local work.
- Mental health support – Enable crisis lines and system navigation services.
- Support for volunteers – There are amazing people rallying to support others. They need our help too.
In the face of this global health crisis, we are amazed by the acts of local kindness we are seeing. From neighbours helping neighbours buy groceries and supplies, to strangers supporting strangers as people voluntarily self-isolate to protect the broader community. A true representation of community building!
If you’re able to, please donate today.
We will continue to stay in touch with you as the situation changes, but know this: at United Way East Ontario, we stand with, and for, community. Thank you for your support and understanding.
President and CEO, United Way East Ontario