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United Way hands out $171,000 in funding through federal New Horizons for Seniors program

Trista Spencer, United Way of Northern B.C. executive director

The United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) has disbursed just over $171,000 funding to non-profit agencies and charities in northern B.C. This funding was received from the $9 million that the federal government allocated to United Way Canada under the ‘New Horizons for Seniors Program’ to support the most vulnerable seniors who have been affected directly or indirectly by the COVID-19.

Thirty-seven local agencies in Northern BC are the recipients of this funding to help seniors with food supplies and meals, delivery and transportation, outreach and resources to assist with barriers around isolation as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

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“At this time when we are being encouraged to stay home and physically distance, it has become increasingly evident that our seniors need support in this new situation,” said Trista Spencer, Executive Director, United Way of Northern BC, in a news release. “We are grateful to be able to assist through this partnership with the Government of Canada and truly hope that the funding will bring much needed relief at a precarious time.” 

About the New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides grants and contributions for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. To provide immediate essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing $9 million under the NHSP to be distributed through United Way Canada network. These funds will help organizations providing support to seniors dealing with the impact of COVID-19.

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