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Money for Northumberland County seniors during COVID-19

In late March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada announced an investment of $9 million to help with food, social isolation, mental health, and related support programs for vulnerable seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding has been distributed through United Way Centraide Canada to local networks across the country. Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), Northumberland United Way has received $44,682 to support seniors in Northumberland County. The NHSP provides grants and contributions for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion.

“While physical distancing is essential to protecting seniors from COVID-19, it risks isolating them from their community. That is why the Government of Canada is proud to work with United Way Canada to help support the needs of seniors during this difficult time,” says The Honorable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors. “By using local expertise, this funding will help provide support tailored to the unique, local needs of seniors across the country. As we work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, the government is supporting Canadians every step of the way.”

Northumberland United Way has distributed these funds locally to address the increased needs of isolated seniors across Northumberland County and to support those organizations working on the front lines. The following not-for-profit organizations have been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program:

  • Community Care Northumberland: To support the significant increase in requests from isolated seniors for the delivery of supplies and nutritious meals
  • Victorian Order of Nurses (V.O.N.): To provide support to seniors across Northumberland County with regular check-ins, along with care kits, and supplies
  • Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland & Haliburton: To help seniors stay in touch with family, friends, and workers during this time. They have also transitioned existing programming to an online platform so seniors are able to remain connected.

“For vulnerable, isolated seniors in our community, the novel COVID-19 pandemic has identified new challenges in securing basic needs including getting their groceries or meals delivered, filling their prescriptions, and accessing in-home care,” says Bobbie Dawson, Executive Director, Northumberland United Way. “The funds made available through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, along with funds from Northumberland United Way’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund are helping local not-for-profit organizations offering essential services to seniors during this challenging time.”

Learn more about our COVID-19 relief locally.

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