United Way Perth-Huron is committed to addressing important local issues including homelessness, mental health and access to services. As part of these ongoing efforts, the organization announced more than $3.2 million in impact funding over the next three years.
“United Way is proud to fund 20 local partners encompassing 25 programs and services,” said Megan Partridge, United Way Perth-Huron’s director of governance and community impact. “The needs in our community continue to grow, both in terms of dollars requested and the number of people who need support, which made for some difficult decisions on the part of our volunteer Community Impact and Allocations committee. We thank all the organizations that applied and look forward to working with our partners to continue strengthening supports for vulnerable local people.”
Impact funding is multi-year support for ongoing programs that are part of the recipient organization’s overarching structure and mission. Multi-year funding provides increased financial stability for organizations and promotes sustainability of services for the community.
Recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel & District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron, Big Brothers Big Sisters South Bruce North Huron, CMHA Huron Perth, the Community Table, the Emily Murphy Centre, Family Services Perth-Huron, Huron County, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, Huron Safe Homes for Youth, Huron Turning Point, the Huron Women’s Shelter, the John Howard Society of London & District, the Local Community Food Centre, The Salvation Army – Listowel, the Stratford Pride Community Centre, Stratford/Perth Shelterlink, the Town of St. Marys, YMCA of Three Rivers and the YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario.
Impact funding is just one part of United Way’s local work. The organization continues focusing on addressing chronic homelessness through initiatives including UWPH Connection Centres in Stratford, North Perth, Exeter and Wingham and attainable housing projects through the new Community Renewal Company. In addition, United Way works to address short- and long-term needs in the community through initiatives such as the Urgent Needs Fund, providing individuals with funds in a time of crisis for necessities such as groceries, vehicle repairs and rent arrears. United Way also works through its Social Research & Planning Council to advocate on important issues including living wage, basic income, food security and quality of life.