Community Services Recovery Fund

United Way Simcoe Muskoka funds 23 community service organizations through the Community Services Recovery Fund.

United Way Simcoe Muskoka is proud to have worked with United Way Centraide Canada as part of the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. This fund is being administered collaboratively by the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations, including non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies, and Registered Charities located in Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what Community Service Organizations need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million by the Government of Canada to help Community Service Organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they are providing through the pandemic recovery and beyond.

The following projects are being supported:

Fonds de relance des services communautaires

Centraide du Simcoe Muskoka finance 23 organismes communautaires au moyen du Fonds de relance des services communautaires.

Centraide du Simcoe Muskoka est fière d’avoir travaillé avec des Centraide United Way partout au Canada dans le cadre du Fonds de relance des services communautaires du gouvernement du Canada. Ce fonds est une collaboration entre la Croix-Rouge canadienne, Fondations communautaires du Canada et Centraide United Way Canada et il vise à fournir du financement aux organismes communautaires, y compris les organismes sans but lucratif, les corps dirigeants autochtones et les organismes de bienfaisance enregistrés qui sont situés au Canada. Le Fonds de relance des services communautaires répond aux besoins actuels des organismes communautaires et les aide à s’adapter aux répercussions à long terme de la pandémie.

Le Fonds de relance des services communautaires est un investissement unique de 400 millions de dollars par le gouvernement du Canada visant à aider les organismes communautaires (les organismes de bienfaisance, les organismes sans but lucratif et les corps dirigeants autochtones) à s’adapter, à se moderniser et à être mieux outillés pour améliorer l’efficacité, l’accessibilité et la durabilité des services communautaires qu’ils fournissent tout au long de la période de relance suivant la pandémie et au-delà.

Les projets suivants sont soutenus:


Breaking Down Barriers an Independent Living Centre Inc will successfully support 4,500 unique individuals annually by developing a new work plan expanding on hybrid delivery of support/services.

Collier Street United Church will enhance support program areas of the church and seek to meet the varied needs of the community through wellness, seniors’ social engagement and music with children.

Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka will see seniors matched with another participant living with hearing loss within their local community or with a common hobby/interest to build independent relationships and reduce the impact of communication deprivation and isolation.

Elizabeth Fry Society Simcoe Muskoka will replace aging IT equipment and all replaced units with remaining life will be refurbished and circulated for client use.

Environment Network will increase food security in the community through the community gardens, greenhouse, and commercial kitchen.

Festival Du Loup Lafontaine will move to a virtual approach and prepare and implement a process for getting seniors involved in the programming again, and will make the necessary tools available online and, in both languages, to reach all groups in the community.

Georgian Bay Food Network will further enhance good health and wellbeing by ensuring that those experiencing food insecurity who are unable to shop in person will be provided food delivery.

Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre will take the existing life skills and wellness series programs and redesign it to allow the program to better acknowledge and address the residual effects of Covid-19 and make the program accessible to many who were/are not able to access services.

Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association will support the organization by allowing us to reinvigorate our annual family land-based camping and cultural awareness workshops for children, youth, families, and seniors and enable us to expand on the time frames we are able to offer programming.

Hospice Simcoe will allow us to sustain current programming, while also meeting Bereavement and Mental Health needs as they arise by recruiting additional Social Work support.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka will help support successful reintegration of individuals post-incarceration by providing case management & peer support to individuals navigating community services.

Living Green Barrie will support a pilot program identified during the pandemic to be adapted to a Social Enterprise model to support stability and growth.

My Friend’s House welcoming women into our care through a trauma-informed lens requires us to create the most welcoming environment possible. After years of operating at full capacity, we are bursting at the seams. Making these much-needed upgrades will allow us to maintain better organization and support.

Orillia Public Library will involve the installation of machinery and space to solve a heath and safety concern, while allowing for the modernization of the Makerspace to make it a centre for small business, social engagement, and creative expression.

St. Paul’s United Church Midland will revitalize and return outreach opportunities for marginalized and isolated individuals through comprehensive program re-development and new volunteer engagement.

St. John’s Presbyterian Church will provide enhancements to our building and property to greater facilitate bringing the community together across generations.

The Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe Muskoka continue the Bridging Support to Well Being for children/youth/families who have experienced abuse by providing brief/short-term supports (up to 6 sessions of 1 hour) to those experiencing abuse.

We Are the Villagers continue and enhance the hybrid delivery of extra-curricular programming and services to children of low-income and disadvantaged households in our communities.


Huntsville Theatre will introduce a new monthly one-night only event series that will focus directly on the needs and desires of the community. These events will support HTC in creating more awareness of mental health issues, culture, inclusion, and diversity.

Muskoka Arts & Crafts Inc. will introduce an online guide that will replace the organization’s magazine style guidebook that ceased publication due to the pandemic with a more up-to-date, environmentally conscious format.

Muskoka Chautauqua will hire professionals to review ticket structure and the registration system, explore new fundraising strategies and arrange for services and equipment to facilitate outdoor programming.

Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services the Peer Support program, launched during the pandemic, will continue to offer an innovative approach to providing emotional and mental health support to women who have experienced sexual assault. Women are matched with a mentor, who is a survivor herself.

Muskoka Seniors will match visiting volunteers with seniors in the area who are isolated, lonely, or transitioning from hospital based on needs/interests, while also referring to care service providers thus creating a deeper and more purposeful visit.