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United Way Perth-Huron Looks to Grow Urgent Needs Fund

After introducing access to its Urgent Needs Fund through the 211 helpline, United Way is working to grow the fund, helping ensure it can continue assisting people across Perth-Huron with immediate, pressing needs.

“The Urgent Needs Fund fills a gap in the local network of human services,” said United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb. “This past year alone, we helped over 800 people with pressing needs such as groceries, emergency car repairs, bill arrears and more. To make sure the UNF continues, we’re asking people in the community who already have a safety net in times of need to give in support of those who don’t.”

As part of United Way’s efforts to grow the fund, the organization is appealing to local members of the health-care community — including chiropractors, physiotherapists, dentists and more.

“Our local health-care providers often see firsthand those who are struggling, such as patients who need treatments but can’t afford them,” added Erb. “We know they understand the needs in the community and we want to work together to ensure vulnerable people can get help in a time of need.”

To give, people can drop off or mail donations to the United Way offices at 32 Erie Street in Stratford, N5A 2M4. Donations can also be made online

The Urgent Needs Fund is designed to support local residents in a time of crisis with funds for essentials such as rent, groceries, car repairs and medication and is now accessible through the 211 hotline. Available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year in over 150 languages, dialing 2-1-1 puts people in touch with a trained 211 Navigator who will assess the caller’s challenges and search for local supports. If the navigator determines the UNF would be the best way to help, they will begin the simple, non-judgemental application process.

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