United Way Compassion Fund

United Way PEI is committed to the most marginalized in our community and recognizes the increased risk and disadvantage that poverty and other barriers create. As such and with the support of the Government of PEI, private sector and individuals, United Way has launched the Atlantic Compassion Fund.

This is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. To reduce the spread and impact of this virus, the Government of PEI and the Chief Public Health Office have asked Islanders to make very significant changes, which are creating negative social, financial and emotional impacts for individuals and families. This fund is meant to support organizations to mitigate and address those negative impacts. 100% of the money will be flowing to community organizations to support COVID-19 related initiatives.

These funds will be available to registered charities serving marginalized community members across PEI.  Organizations  must demonstrate the following:

  • how their proposal is directly related to a need arising from the response to COVID 19;
  • a clear relationship and understanding of the needs of the vulnerable target group; and
  • that they can fulfil the scope of the proposal while keeping clients, staff and volunteers safe.  

This is a tiered response to address the most pressing needs of those most marginalized first, and then the response will move to help serve some of the many people in community that will be impacted by this public health crisis as it continues to unfold.

Tier 1 - Emergency preparedness and support for vulnerable populations

Focus - Immediate needs unavailable through other means providing access to:

  • Food (outside of food banks who are members of the Provincial Food Bank Association)
  • safe transportation
  • medication
  • social and mental health supports

The budget must clearly align with the service proposed to be provided. Eligible expenses could include:

  • adequate supply of food, cleaning supplies, personal items
  • delivery/transportation costs
  • adequate supply of medication
  • funds for check in calls, online gatherings or in person visits as deemed safe

Other preparation and immediate need support will be considered.

Due to the immediacy of the need, applications will be assessed on a first come, first served basis. Depending on the number of applications received, United Way PEI may not be able to provide the full dollar amount requested or be able to fund every application.

Tier 2 – Recovery

- Details to follow

Contact

For further information, contact:

Andrea MacDonald
Email: amacdonald@peiunitedway.com
Website: peiunitedway.com/covid-19-response

 

Published date: 
April 3, 2020
Social Development and Housing

General Inquiries

Department of Social Development and Housing
2nd Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-620-3777
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Fax: 902-368-4740

DeptSDH@gov.pe.ca