Additional fire recovery funding was approved by The United Way of Fort McMurray Board of Directors during their regular meeting held last night. The Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Some Other Solutions and the MS Society all will be receiving support from the Fire Recovery Fund.
“We continue to respond to short-term needs related to the impacts from the wildfires and evacuation,” said John Evans, Chair of the Community Investment Committee.
“We recognize that the disaster had an impact on social profit organizations. Their needs are each unique and important to our community’s ability to recover. The generosity of Canadians and Albertans has given us the ability to help.”
Funds were formally approved for summer camps that took place at Heritage Park over the summer, eliminating financial barriers and ensuring access to a healthy activity during the re-entry phase. An additional investment has been approved to increase awareness of 211 as an effective conduit to recovery services and supports. The MS Society will also be receiving support to ensure the continued delivery of their programs to clients living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Almost 34-percent of Fire Recovery pledges received have been either invested, committed or are under review. All requests that had been received by the end of last week have been reviewed and approved. The Fire Recovery Funding support application is available on The United Way of Fort McMurray website: www.fmunitedway.com, or by clicking here.
Examples of impacts of Fire Recovery funding to date:
- YMCA of Northern Alberta, Wood Buffalo Region – support for a multicultural youth networking event and dance for youth in the region
- The Salvation Army Community Centre – funding assistance for effective storage and distribution of donated good
- Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club – counselling for children and access to summer camps
- St. Aidan’s Society – seniors outreach support during and after wildfires
- Golden Years Society – social opportunities through lunch program at seniors drop-in centre
- Support Through Housing Team – life skills program
- HIV North Society – supporting ongoing programs and outreach
- Tools for School – backpacks and school supplies for over 3,000 students throughout region