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Second round of emergency community support funding distributed in northern B.C.

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

United Way of Northern BC has announced that the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund has been fully invested to support vital social service programs in northern B.C.

The funding was made available by t he Government of Canada as part of the second round of allocations of the Emergency Community Support Fund.

A total of just over $674,000 of funding requests were received from agencies across northern B.C. signalking that the need still far outweighs the resources for northern B.C. communities. UWNBC’s $288,000 portion of the ROUND 2 ECSF has now been fully invested in 26 programs filling significant gaps in resources that would otherwise have gone unfilled or left agencies to find alternate resources at this critical time.

“We are so grateful for the funding made available through the Government of Canada to be able to help the communities of northern B.C.,” said Trista Spencer, Executive Director, UWNBC. “We know there are urgent and long term issues that are only increasing due to the pandemic and we hope the allocation of this funding assists in even a small way to lift up our fellow agencies and the vulnerable that they serve.

“Although with the federal funding and through UWNBC COVID-19 Relief Fund, we have been able to provide critical support to hundreds of agencies, the work is still not complete. With the second wave of the pandemic upon us, the needs are growing an changing at a pace never experienced before. UWNBC will continue to connect resources to needs in northern B.C. communities, but we know we cannot do it alone. We need continued support from all who are able to contribute to our efforts to support the most vulnerable in northern B.C.”

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