South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) has announced initial recipients of the Emergency Response Fund for Community Needs. This Fund matches donations up to a total of $500,000 in order to assist in addressing some of the urgent community requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donna Ziegler, Executive Director, SSCF, said this Fund is in response to a plea for urgent and coordinated community action and thanks donors who have already made contributions to help charities during this time of need.
“In just over three weeks, we have raised a quarter million dollars, matched by SSCF, and we are now able to initially provide more than $500,000 directly back into emerging community needs to 17 organizations right across southern Saskatchewan,” says Ziegler. “Front line charities are continuing to assist those in most desperate need. We want to
help them continue these services as their circumstances change daily. We are indebted for all efforts to help to ensure these essential needs are met.”
The Fund is intended to focus on food security, shelter shortages, helping with children’s needs and those needs of most vulnerable populations. The applications were reviewed by a team of community stakeholders and address all these areas. More than 50 applications were received, and requests far exceeded the current funds available. Donations continue to be accepted online through the Foundation’s website www.sscf.ca. Current fund holders can use the online donor portal or can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (306) 751-4956.
Recipients and projects from throughout southern Saskatchewan include:
|All Nations Hope Network||$20,000|
|AIDS Program South Saskatchewan||$23,500|
|Canadian Mental Health Association||$16,000|
|Caring Hearts Counselling Inc.||$25,000|
|Carmichael Outreach Inc.||$50,000|
|Cowessess Community Educational Centre||$19,858|
|Family Resource Centre, Swift Current||$5,500|
|Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation||$50,000|
|Moose Jaw Transition House||$50,000|
|North Central Family Centre Inc.||$20,000|
|Phoenix Residential Society||$10,000|
|Souls Harbour Rescue Mission Inc.||$40,000|
|Regina Transition House Inc.||$20,000|
|The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan||$35,000|
|United Way of Estevan||$50,000|
“SSCF’s Board of Directors wanted to provide matching dollars up to a total of $500,000 to double the impact for donors and for charities in south Saskatchewan,” says Ziegler. “The matching dollars were made available from the estate of a generous founding member of the Foundation who willed the donation to be used at SSCF’s discretion. Community Foundations across Canada are finding ways to help their communities in this time of emergent and unprecedented need.”
With the community’s generosity, SSCF worked with 222 charities in 2019 and 197 charities in 2018.