Media Releases

2020 Media Releases

Stay up to date with United Way Simcoe Muskoka’s latest news. Click the links below to download individual media releases.

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Douglas Landsborough, Marketing & Communications Specialist, United Way Simcoe Muskoka

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United Way Simcoe Muskoka providing additional funding for vulnerable seniors

May 19. 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all residents of Simcoe Muskoka, many of our senior residents are particularly at-risk with potential impacts to their physical and mental health as well as their social wellbeing. To help vulnerable seniors (aged 55 and older) in our communities, United Way Simcoe Muskoka is funding several local services and resources. These programs have been funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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United Way Simcoe Muskoka launches relief funding for low-income residents and those affected by COVID-19

May 5, 2020

On May 4, 2020, United Way Simcoe Muskoka launched the second phase of our Urgent Needs Fund, an initiative that was successfully piloted from October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Urgent Needs Fund is being expanded to help even more Simcoe Muskoka residents.

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2019 Media Releases

Creating an unforgettable holiday for Simcoe Muskoka children

November 4, 2019

United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) is pleased to partner with Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions to bring Holiday with a Hero to our communities this November 30. UWSM will be helping children who have suffered trauma make this holiday season unforgettable for them and their families with this heartwarming event.

Holiday with a Hero will pair up to 75 Simcoe Muskoka children with local Heroes, including military, police, paramedics and firefighters on the morning of November 30. The children and Heroes will then be given a gift card so the children can buy gifts for their family and friends. The only rule? The children must also buy a gift for themselves.

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Kicking off the 1st annual Local Businesses, Local Love challenge!

August 19, 2019

On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Wasaga Beach businesses will be participating in the first annual Local Businesses, Local Love challenge. These community-minded businesses will be donating 10-15% of the net sales on the 28th to United Way Simcoe Muskoka, doing their part to make local issues like poverty #UNIGNORABLE.

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UWSM celebrates 60 years of #LocalLove

March 12, 2019

Sixty years ago, John Diefenbaker was Prime Minister of Canada, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba, and Doris Day and Frank Sinatra were big stars. That same year, United Way came to Simcoe County as Barrie United Appeal.

The political and cultural leaders of 1959 have faded into the past, but United Way is still on the job, building a new future for citizens by tackling poverty head-on.

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