United Way providing $15,000 in funding to Weyburn seniors agencies

United Way Regina announced an investment of $88,000 funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, with $15,000 going to seniors agencies in Weyburn. These funds will be distributed to agencies and organizations that will help vulnerable seniors in Regina and surrounding area during these unprecedented times.

“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. 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,” said Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors.

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“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the Federal Government and United Way to mobilize support in Weyburn and area for senior serving organizations most affected by COVID-19. We want to extend our appreciation to all agencies in our area, both urban and rural. On behalf of United Way and our local team, thank you for your innovation and dedication to create and expand programs in order to support local seniors,” said Brenda Clarke, Weyburn and Area Communithon Committee, Allocation Committee Lead. 

This funding is intended to assist community agencies’ supports for isolated seniors in all parts of Canada including rural and remote communities. The following agencies are receiving funding available through an open call for proposals process, including $3,750 for the Weyburn Special Care Home Auxiliary to purchase bed tables to accommodate senior residents who now have to have meals served in their individual rooms rather than the common dining room in order to accommodate physical distancing requirements.

• $3,750 - Canadian Mental Health Association – Weyburn Branch, to provide meals, telephone check-ins, grocery delivery, transportation services and personal protective equipment for staff to better serve persons living with mental illness and/or are experiencing mental health concerns.

• $3,750 - Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Weyburn area) to provide regular check-ins with clients and adapt programming to continue and reduce isolation and loneliness by clients who are blind and partially sighted.

• $3,750 - Community Low Income Centre, to provide free income tax preparation for low-income seniors which will allow the individuals to access available federal benefits.