FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13th, 2023
SASKATOON, SK – As part of the emergency funding announced in November, United Way Saskatoon and Area (United Way) purchased a month’s worth of groceries for Saskatoon Tribal Council’s emergency wellness centre.
“At this time of year, many of us gather around an abundance of food alongside the warmth of friends and family,” said Sheri Benson, chief executive officer for United Way. “Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, this $10,000 investment will make a difference in the lives of those most in need during the holiday season.”
United Way invested an additional $320,000 in funding this fall to further support local community-based organizations providing critical services for at-risk children, women and youth.
“A reality we all face today is rising costs, and those most at risk of going hungry, without shelter or experiencing violence during such times are women and children,” said Benson. “This year, our funded agencies told us they are experiencing exceptional pressure on their resources, and we wanted to do what we could to help.”
The funding is in addition to the $3.5 million United Way already invested in 42 local initiatives this year and a six per cent cost of living increase added in 2023 to the annual funding United Way provides to 35 agencies.
ABOUT UNITED WAY SASKATOON AND AREA
For 65 years, United Way Saskatoon and Area has fostered partnerships with the goal of bringing people and resources together to build a vibrant and caring community. Through collaboration, we move people from poverty to possibility, help build strong communities and support kids to be all that they can be. Each year, United Way mobilizes millions of dollars in community investment, hundreds of community-minded volunteers and organizes dozens of community building projects to make life in our communities better and safer for everyone.