Emergency Community Support Fund

 Emergency Community Support Fund

2020 was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable in our communities. In response, the Government of Canada partnered with United Ways, the Canadian Red Cross and the Community Foundations of Canada to help distribute the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). As long-time funders and organizations with knowledge of local issues, these organizations were best-suited to assist with this initiative. The ECSF was funded by the Government of Canada.

In Simcoe Muskoka, UWSM distributed more than $1.7 million to 61 local charities to assist these critical organizations in adapting their programs and services during the coronavirus pandemics. The charities in Simcoe Muskoka provide critical services in our communities. For more than 60,000 Simcoe Muskoka residents living in poverty, these organizations can be life-saving. However, with the pandemic harming individuals and organizations like charities alike, these organizations were in danger of closing their doors without programs like the ECSF in 2020 – some still had to, and others now face that prospect in 2021.

Programs funded by UWSM through the ECSF

Phase One

Cleaning and PPE Project for Volunteers (Seniors 55+) During COVID-19

Alliston & District Humane Society

Staying Active & Engaged While Isolated

Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County and Alzheimer Society of Muskoka

School-Based Mentoring – Hybrid Model

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District

Talk Back to Negativity

Catholic Family Services Simcoe County

Virtual Delivery of Mental Health and Addiction Services

CMHA, Simcoe County Branch

CGMH Wellness Innovation Fund

Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation

Connecting Clearview / Youth Centre

Corporation of the Township of Clearview

Urgent Equipment Funding Program

Easter Seals Ontario

Simcoe Youth Trustee Program – COVID-19 Enhancement

Elizabeth Fry Society Simcoe Muskoka

Volunteer Engagement

Gateway Centre for Learning

International Student Quarantine Report

Georgian College

Clubhouse Integrity Program

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka

Your S.A.F.E. (Specialized Access for Everyone) Outreach Program

Home Horizon Georgian Triangle Residential Services

COVID-19 Expenses

Hospice Simcoe

Hospice @ Home

Matthews House Hospice


Muskoka Victim Services

Parent Liaison Program (Simcoe Muskoka)

Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer

Furniture Bank RPC – COVID Relief Fund

Redwood Park Communities

Summer Adult ESL Program

Simcoe County District School Board

Fresh Start

CONTACT Community Services

BCHC Health Connect

Barrie Community Health Centre

Dealing with COVID-19

The Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation

Congregate Dining Program

Wendat Community Programs

Youth CO-Unite

YWCA Muskoka

ALS Canada Equipment Program (Simcoe Muskoka)

ALS Society of Canada

Seniors Centre Without Walls

Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO)

After School Program

Boys and Girls Clubs of North Simcoe

COVID-19 Collaborative Response

CMHA, Simcoe County Branch – partnered with BANAC

Telephone-Based Supportive Counselling

CMHA, York South Simcoe

Technology & Communications Expansion

Community Reach North Simcoe

Helping Women Now – COVID-19 Response

Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie

Digital Access

Elder Abuse Prevention Muskoka

Equipping Parents with Strategies

Empower Simcoe Foundation

Barrie Home Share

Georgian College

Harm Reduction Outreach Enhancement

Gilbert Centre for Social & Support Services

Contractors to Build due to COVID-19

Habitat for Humanity Huronia

Apart But Not Alone

Hospice Muskoka

Seniors COVID-19 Response

LOFT Community Services

Building Community Connection

Midland Public Library

COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Plan

My Friend’s House

Health and Safety for The Lighthouse

Orillia Christian Centre

Pandemic Preparedness – Today-Tomorrow, Ever-After

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children

Mental Health Response Unit

South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre

Growing Good

Student Nutrition Ontario Central East

Direct Entry to Open & Unconditional Resources

The David Busby Street Centre

Township of Georgian Bay Foodbanks

Township of Georgian Bay

Food Mentorship Program

Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie

Phase Two

Virtual Programming

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka

Wheels of Hope Volunteer Transportation

Canadian Cancer Society

Virtual Delivery

CMHA Simcoe County Branch

Technology & Communications Expansion

Community Reach North Simcoe

International Student Quarantine Support

Georgian College

The Worth of Vulnerable and Essential Persons

Green Haven Shelter for Women

Personal Safety, Social Inclusion, Learn and Financial Wellness

Independent Living Services of Simcoe County & Area

Supporting Access to Justice

John Howard Society of Simcoe and Muskoka

Health and Safety for The Lighthouse

Orillia Christian Centre

Equitable Sport and Health Program Opportunities

Special Olympics Ontario – Simcoe Muskoka

Dealing with COVID-19

The Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation

COVID-19 Health and Safety Necessities

Breaking Down Barriers

North Simcoe Emergency Food Program

CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre

Chalmers Expansion to Simcoe Muskoka

Collingwood and District Information Centre – 211 Community Connection

Volunteer Engagement

Gateway Centre for Learning

Gravenhurst Against Poverty

G.A.P. through Rotary Club of Gravenhurst

Healthy Food for Individuals, Families and Children

Helping Hands Food Bank Inc.

Food Security

IOOF Seniors Homes Inc.

Seniors COVID-19 Response

LOFT Community Services

COVID-19 Recovery Supplemental Food Assistance Program

Salvation Army Huntsville

Mnwaadzid (Live Well)

The Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre

Food Mentorship Program

Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie