Community Service organizations are at the forefront of addressing community needs. During the pandemic, many of these vital organizations struggled with increased demand for their services, reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving, and a greater reliance on digital tools. Their post-pandemic recovery is key to their continued ability to offer services and adapt to the changing needs of communities across Canada.
Today, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, is announcing that local charities and service organizations, which provide vital services to Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District communities, are receiving an additional $506,000 toward investments in building capacity, improved technology, training staff, and program expansion.
“Community Service organizations like these are often the first to identify and respond to emerging needs, and they are often the ones best positioned to create real change at the local level. I am proud of the work they do to help those in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District. This funding will help these organizations expand their reach, build their resilience to better adapt to emerging challenges, and make a greater impact in the lives of the people they serve.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Seniors
This builds on an announcement from last month when MP Sheehan announced more than $265,000 for organizations specializing in health, addictions, and social care. The organizations receiving funding announced today include:
- Batchewana First Nation, receiving $96,851
- Garden River First Nation, receiving $86,920
- Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area, receiving $78,449
- Entomica Insectarium, receiving $64,000
- The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association (OFRA), receiving $45,621
- Huron-Superior Regional Metis Community – Metis Nation of Ontario Region 4, receiving $35,000
- Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre, receiving $25,000
- Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, receiving $25,000
- Sault Symphony Orchestra, receiving $25,000
- St. Luke’s Anglican Cathedral, receiving $20,000
- Sault Search and Rescue Inc, receiving $5,000
The Community Services Recovery Fund will help community service organizations adapt, modernize and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility and sustainability of the community services that they provide. Whether the funded projects focus on recruitment and retention, modernizing organizational systems and processes, or innovating program delivery, the Community Services Recovery Fund reflects the Government’s commitment to invest in this sector, so that community service organizations can continue to support communities across Canada.
The application process for this fund was managed by three National Funder organizations: the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada. These National Funders were selected to deliver the Community Services Recovery Fund to a broad and diverse range of community service organizations across Canada.
For more information, including a list of funded projects, visit the National Funders’ Community Services Recovery Fund website.