On September 24th, 2020, the office of Peter Schiefke, MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, announced a substantial amount of federal funding for 12 community organization projects through the Emergency Community Support fund. Last May, the Government of Canada invited community organizations across Canada to apply to the Emergency Community Support Fund for funding to support them in their various activities aimed at supporting Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with United Way Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada, important community projects have been funded across Canada, including fourteen in Vaudreuil-Soulanges who collectively received $352,823.98.
The funding has supported, and will continue to support the community organizations in Vaudreuil-Soulanges listed below in their various activities that respond to the pressing needs of our citizens as a result of COVID-19 such as:
- Distributing 72 electronic Facebook Portals to seniors to break isolation and ensure that they stay connected to friends and family
- Increasing home deliveries of food and medication by volunteers;
- Increasing telephone help lines that provide critical information and support;
- Helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits;
- Provide training, equipment and other necessary supports to volunteers to ensure they continue to make their valuable contribution to the fight against COVID-19;
- Replace face-to-face, one-on-one and social meetings with virtual contacts, such as telephone calls, text messages, teleconferences or Internet communications.
- And much more;
The breakdown of organizations in Vaudreuil-Soulanges that have received funding for their projects from this Emergency Community Support Fund is as follows:
|Organizations||Amount received ($)|
|Boîte à surprises inc., Atelier la||$5000.00|
|Café de la débrouille, Le||$25,000.00|
|Centre d’action bénévole L’Actuel||$51,367.00|
|Centre d’action bénévole L’Actuel||$28,018.00|
|Le café de la Débrouille||$13,025.00|
|MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges||$29,184.00|
|MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges – dossier AQDR Aînés Maltraitance)||$48,345.00|
|Parrainage Civique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges||$5000.00|
|Proset Autism / Autisme Proset||$12,146.00|
|Réseaux Emploi Entrepreneurship||$62,486,98|
Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, stresses the importance of this funding, “Our community organizations are essential to the wellbeing of our citizens, especially in the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. The support provided through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund has not only helped many of them maintain their activities in service to our community during the COVID-19 crisis, but will also allow them to implement new projects aimed at supporting the most vulnerable in our community as we enter into the second wave of this pandemic.”
“This pandemic is difficult for organizations whose financial situation has been weakened by the cancellation of their fundraising activities or the reduction of their usual sources of income. The assistance we received from FUAC gives us security and allows us to adjust in the short term to continue our services,” said Francine Plamondon, Executive Director of the Centre d’action bénévole L’Actuel.
“Réseaux, through its Community Health Matters program, is pleased to participate in this Red Cross Emergency Fund project. To be able to easily and securely connect seniors who find themselves isolated from family, friends and acquaintances in these challenging times is a true privilege. More importantly, to be able to do this while engaging them in an art or music program with locally recognized artists and performers is even more satisfying. Even if a second confinement happens, these seniors will have an extra tool available to facilitate communicating with others.” assures Fred T. Agnew, Coordinator of Réseaux Emploi Entrepreneurship.
Maria Torrealba, Administrative Assistant, Café de la Débrouille expressed her gratitude for the recent funding, “Thanks to the Canadian Community Fund through the Foundation of Greater Montreal we were awarded a grant of $13,025. This grant has allowed us to continue to ensure the food security, both qualitative and quantitative, of our beneficiaries during this pandemic, as our numbers have doubled in the bulk of the pandemic. Thanks to this grant, we have been able to invest in the equipment needed to preserve perishable foodstuffs so that they can be distributed to the most vulnerable.”