Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350 million emergency funding program from the Government of Canada.

In Durham Region we received in excess of 250 enquiries from charities and nonprofits. We are pleased to announce that 41 projects were approved to receive the total amount of ECSF funding allocated through United Way Durham Region.

We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their support and to the United Way Centraide Canada for their assistance. United Way Durham Region is proud to support the important investment of $1,583,163.00 into our local communities.

The following organizations have received funding:

Alzheimer Society of Durham Region

Project Name: Virtual Support
Description: Transitioning Client & Caregiver Support to Virtual Platform
Amount: $42,500.00

Back Door Mission

Project Name: Peer Support Workers
Description: The addition of Peer Support Workers will provide referrals and support to those struggling with homelessness, on the verge of being homeless or living in precarious living situations, as well as those with addiction and/or mental health difficulties.
Amount: $41,950.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington

Project Name: Virtual School Based Mentorship Program
Description: Redefining the way our program are delivered to children and youth to provide flexibility in delivery platforms ensuring continuity during COVID-19.
Amount: $55,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham

Project Name: Virtual Mentorship (VM)
Description: One on one VM supports for children and youth aged 6 to 18
Amount: $55,375.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham

Project Name: The Little Studio – Promoting Healthy Minds Through Arts Based Mentorship
Description: The Little Studio is a virtual art-based group mentorship program supporting social connectedness and the emotional and mental health of vulnerable children/youth ages 9-14.
Amount: $50,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham

Project Name: Switch Gears 2.0 – Enhancing young men’s emotional and mental health
Description: Engaging male youth in grades 6-8 to develop positive and healthy emotional and mental health with focus on healthy masculinities, the program is being adapted for virtual participation.
Amount: $25,000.00

BGC Durham

Project Name: The “New Fixed Address Program” – Vulnerable Youth Housing
Description: Designed to assist vulnerable youth in securing safe, stable housing in order to minimize mental health issues resulting from unsafe housing environments.
Amount: $39,900.00

Canadian Hope for Africa

Project Name: Support vulnerable African Congolese seniors and children of Durham region with Essential services during the Covid-19 crisis
Description: Serving Congolese senior refugees and immigrants who are in need of assistance getting necessities such as food and medicine during this covid-19 crisis.
Amount: $48,076.38

Carea Community Health Centre

Project Name: Emergency Food Security Program (COVID 19)
Description: We provide food to those in our community experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID19 pandemic.
Amount: $61,600.00

Carea Community Health Centre (Anchoring Organization on behalf of the Spirit of Service Sponsorship Program)

Project Name: The Spirit of Service Sponsorship Program
Description: The Spirit of Service Sponsorship Program facilitates a covenant between Oshawa faith communities and individuals experiencing homelessness during their transition to stable housing.
Amount: $17,740.00

Catholic Family Services of Durham

Project Name: Virtual Access to Care
Description: Acquisition of equipment to provide virtual care.
Amount: $16,098.00

Community Care Durham

Project Name: COPE Mental & Support Group
Description: COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Excellence) is a unique community-based mental health service provided by CCD that offers support to adults aged 16 and older, with emotional and/or mental health concerns.
Amount: $6,710.00

Community Care Durham

Project Name: Food & Nutrition: Meals and Wheels & Food Boxes
Description: Community Care Durham (CCD) delivers over 100,000 hot and frozen meals and community food boxes to those with challenges related to physical, homelessness and mental health.
Amount: $65,258.38

Community Care Durham

Project Name: Health & Wellness – Foot Care Clinics
Description: Foot Care Clinics are available if you require assistance with your foot care due to vision and mobility difficulties, or if you have diabetes. Services are provided by Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) trained in foot care. The goal of the service is to provide basic foot care, and to encourage clients to seek assistance from their own physician when problems are identified that do not fall within the scope of the Foot Care Clinic.
Amount: $44,636.80

Community Development Council Durham

Project Name: Emergency Services Application Development (COVID-19)
Description: CDCD is proposing the implementation of a service navigation application to help vulnerable populations and front line workers in identifying available services during COVID-19.
Amount: $47,213.87

Community Justice Alternative

Project Name: Durham Community Mediation Program
Description: The Durham Community Mediation Program has been established to assist residents in Durham Region in resolving conflict through mediation. Trained community volunteers provide the services to participants at no cost.
Amount: $15,000.00

Durham Children’s Aid Foundation

Project Name: Youth and Family Urgent Care Support
Description: DCAF is working on the frontlines to provide essential emergency supports (i.e., food, toys, technology) and essential resources to children and families
Amount: $55,000.00

Durham Outlook for the Needy

Project Name: Assist in the pick up and distribution of food to Feed the Need and food banks
Description: Purchase of a refrigerated truck
Amount: $50,000.00

Easter Seals Ontario

Project Name:  Urgent Equipment Funding Program
Description: Providing mobility and accessibility equipment to children and supporting their families in the Durham region facing increased challenges due to the COVID19 crisis.
Amount: $38,000.00

Girls Inc.

Project Name:No Girl Left Behind Virtual Programming
Description:Create a virtual platform to deliver 6 in-school programs.
Amount: $14,460.00

Hearth Place

Project Name:
Description: We provide individual and group support programs for anyone impacted by cancer. We have no service boundaries and all of our services are provided free of charge.
Amount: $35,637.72

Luke's Place

Project Name: Enhanced COVID Informed Legal Support Services for Women Subjected to Intimate Partner Violence
Description: Woman abuse survivors will receive COVID specific free legal information and summary legal advice, support navigating new family court processes, safety planning, and community referrals.
Amount: $101,300.00

North House

Project Name: Income Tax Program
Description: Completing 2019 income tax submissions for low-income individuals and families.
Amount: $27,000.00

Ontario Shores

Project Name:Technology Upgrade for Virtual Programming
Description: The provision of better access for patients, staff, students , families and guests.
Amount: $15,000.00

Open Arms Church

Project Name: REACH (Reaching Every Affected Community Household)
Amount: $10,000.00

Oshawa Seniors Citizens Centre

Project Name: Food Security- Frozen Meal & Grocery Delivery Program
Description: With Covid 19, seniors are afraid to go out to purchase food. OSCC is working to meet this food security need with a grocery order and a frozen meal delivery program.
Amount: $55, 559.00

Oshawa Seniors Citizens Centre

Project Name: Personal Support- Foot care
Description: With Covid 19, seniors are unable to go out and get proper care for basic foot care treatment. OSCC is working to meet this need by providing safe foot care clinics to have their nails, corns, calluses etc. cut and treated.
Amount: $11,488.00

Pickering Public Library

Project Name:Delivery of Virtual Programming
Description: Expanding the number of virtual programs to support increased access to digital literacy, early literacy, financial literacy, and social connection.
Amount: $15,000.00

Rose of Durham

Project Name: Individual counseling and parenting program
Description: Rose of Durham counselors due to COVID are now providing individual support to our isolated parents via telephone and have creatively developed virtual parenting programs that our families can access while at home.
Amount: $5600.00

Salvation Army Oshawa

Project Name: Food Security
Description: Food procurement and distribution to individuals and Families.
Amount: $68,640.00

Salvation Army Oshawa

Project Name: Mental Health and Wellness
Description: Virtual individual and group sessions.
Amount: $14,630.00

Salvation Army Whitby

Project Name: The Whitby Salvation Army Community and Family Services Integrated COVID-19 Outreach and Emergency Response
Description: The Whitby Salvation Army Community and Family Services Integrated COVID-19 Outreach and Emergency Response enables the Whitby Salvation Army Food Bank {Staffing, food procurement and distribution Community Outreach Services} to response to increased food security needs of the community during COVID-19 health crisis.
Amount: $47,500.00

Shine Through The Rain

Project Name: Durham Region Rainy Day Food & Shelter Program
Description: Pay overdue rent, utilities, grocery cards for 50 low-income Durham patients with life-threatening illness, when eviction, disconnected utilities and hunger is likely (to $1,000).
Amount: $36,100.00

Simcoe Hall

Project Name: Food Bank
Description:Provide service of food and other essential necessities to individuals and families experiencing food insecurities.
Amount: $50,000.00

Simcoe Hall

Project Name: At-Home Summer Camp
Description: An At-Home Camp that will help children have a memorable and enjoyable summer, given the current restrictions imposed on our communities.
Amount: $51,201.14

Special Olympics Ontario

Project Name: Mental Health and Wellness
Description:Providing individuals with an intellectual disability, who currently are not able to access electronic devices, the opportunity to access technology to remain connected, informed, healthy and active.
Amount: $19,920.00

Victim Services Durham Region

Project Name: Human Trafficking Survivor Peer Mentor
Description: A Survivor Peer Mentor, supporting the increased need for prevention and intervention of the human trafficking of youth, mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amount: $75,000.00

Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada – Ontario Branch Durham Site

Project Name:Hospice Services Remote Care Management Program
Description: The Remote Care Management Program provides virtual access to high quality, accredited hospice palliative care to persons living with, or dying from, a life-limiting illness.
Amount: $26,684.87

WindReach Farm Foundation

Project Name: Wind Reach Farm Drive-Through Experience
Description: This project will feature the design and delivery of a drive-through experience of the Farm, allowing us to re-engage with our participants.
Amount: $30,000.00

Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre

Project Name: Personal Safety
Description: WMRCC will assess, inform, provide counselling from a strength and client-centered approach, referral to other community services and programs, intervention, training, and workshops. In addition, we will distribute IPAD to multicultural women in Durham Region with lived experiences of violence and abuse, neglect, abandonment, and those who experienced exploitation due to COVID-19 isolation and economic hardships. According to Statistics Canada and recent reports, COVID-19 Pandemic has heightened the incidents of gender-based violence. There has been a lot happening behind closed doors; women, youth and children’s personal safeties are threatened.
Amount: $46,500.00

YWCA - Violence Against Women Service Coalition

Project Name:  Safeguarding Plan for clients, staff and volunteers in light of the COVID-19 situation.
Description: In order to operate in the COVID-19 environment the organizations that comprise the (VAW) Service Coalition are working together to develop coordinated plans for the safety of clients, staff and volunteers during COVID and moving forward.
Amount: $48,883.82