Emergency Community Support Fund Recepients

United Way of Saskatoon and Area is pleased to announce that over $1.7M has been allocated to support vulnerable individuals and families in central and northern Saskatchewan through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

92 unique projects in 26 central and northern communities, including Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Cumberland House, Buffalo Narrows, La Loche, La Ronge, Melfort, Nipawin, Kindersley, Humboldt and, Hudson Bay, received funding to support projects in their communities that have been developed or adapted in light of COVID-19.

“United Way of Saskatoon and Area is a proud partner in delivering funds to these important projects throughout central and northern Saskatchewan; helping to ensure the people of Saskatchewan are supported in times of unprecedented need the way Saskatchewan communities and organizations have adapted to respond to changing needs and disruption has been inspiring and speaks to the resiliency of our communities.  United Way is honoured to be able to support this resilient spirit to help keep communities strong and support vulnerable individuals and families during COVID-19.”

Sheri Benson, CEO, United Way of Saskatoon and Area.

Funding Recepients

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Humboldt & Area
Gabriel Dumont Institute – La Loche Campus
Gabriel Dumont Institute – La Ronge Campus
Great Plains College, Kindersley Campus
Hudson Bay Family & Support Centre Inc.
Ile a la Crosse Friendship Centre Inc.
Kikinahk Friendship Centre #1 – Ora Devices
Kikinahk Friendship Centre #2 – Buffalo Narrows
Kikinahk Friendship Centre #3- La Loche
Kikinahk Friendship Centre #4
Meadow Lake and Area Early Childhood Services Inc.
Meadow Lake Outreach Ministries
Melfort Group Homes Society Inc.
Nipawin Daycare Cooperative
North East Outreach and Support Services
Northeast Regional Victim Services Inc.
Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows
Northern Village of Cumberland House
Northern Village of Ile a la Crosse
Big Brothers Big Sisters – PA Branch
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan – PA Branch

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area Inc
Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatoon Branch Inc
Central Urban Metis Federation (1993) Inc.
Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.
Dalmeny Seniors Centre
Family Service Saskatoon Inc.
Friends Together Childcare Cooperative
Great Plains College, Martensville
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation
Hindu Society Of Saskatchewan
Hope Restored Canada
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan Inc.
Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan
Nutrien Wonderhub
Prairie Hospice Society Inc.
READ Saskatoon
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon
Saskatoon & District Labour Council Summer Snack Program
Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.
Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service Inc.
Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre Inc./EGADZ
Saskatoon Food Bank Inc.
Saskatoon Friendship Inn
Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre
Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS)
Saskatoon Public Library (Laptops)
Saskatoon Public Library (Walk up Window)
Saskatoon Public Library (Wifi Hotspot)
Saskatoon Services for Seniors
Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc.
STR8 UP 10,000 Little Steps To Healing Inc.
Sum Theatre
Tamarack Foundation
The FASD Network of Saskatchewan
The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada-Saskatoon Crossroads Residential Services
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc.
The Micah Mission, Inc
Town of Aberdeen (Aberdeen Christmas Miracles Group)
YWCA Saskatoon

How Funding is Helping Our Communities

Here are 4 projects that the ECSF is helping to support in Central and Northern Saskatchewan. Each one is helping some of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities tackling #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, education inequality, domestic violence, and hunger.

Saskatoon Public Library

Saskatoon Public Library

In Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) received over $23,000 to set-up a Wi-Fi Hotspots Lending program. SPL will purchase Wi-Fi hotspots for lending to vulnerable library users experiencing poverty. The Wi-Fi hotspots will provide free internet connectivity to library patrons experiencing financial insecurity and poverty.

Kikinanhk Friendship Centre

Kikinanhk Friendship Centre

For the Kikinanhk Friendship Centre, $25,000 of funding will support an Indigenous Women’s Safety Pilot Project:  Providing Ora Personal Alerts to Indigenous Women to increase safety and raise awareness around COVID-19 and MMIWG2S+. During the COVID-19 pandemic, violent crimes have been on the rise; in times of trauma and crisis, symptoms of stress and anxiety are intensified, putting more people at risk in violent situations. With increasing safety concerns, Indigenous women’s safety is an issue that is impacting families and communities

Gabriel Dumont Institute

Gabriel Dumont Institute

Gabriel Dumont Institute received $50,000 allowing them to provide a more effective and safe learning environment for students during COVID-19.

Funding will help support Indigenous students from GDI’s two most northern Learning Centres in La Ronge and La Loche. The Learning Centres in these communities serve up to 275 Métis and First Nations students in the area, including literacy and upgrading learners, teacher candidates, and carpentry apprentices with educational programming.

Cumberland House

The Northern Village of Cumberland House received $25,000 to help its citizens with attaining fresh produce as well as develop a literacy and numeracy program for youth from newborn to 18 years old.

Nicole Mulenga-WooEmergency Community Support Fund Recipients