The Compassion Fund was created in response to Lambton County not-for-profits who needed assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations to the fund are used to support local agencies with 100% of all donations directed to help Lambton County’s most vulnerable. The Board of Directors would like to thank Scotiabank for its $2,500 donation to the fund. “Thank you to Scotiabank for making a difference in the lives of others,” said Vicky Ducharme, Campaign Chair for United Way of Sarnia-Lambton. “We couldn’t help the citizens of our community without your generosity.”
Two more grants have been issued from the fund:
Huron House Boys Home – $5,000
The Huron House Boys Home works to develop and implement programs to enable their residents (boys aged 12-18) to make positive changes in their lives. Staff are now required on site when the residents would typically be offsite in school. Funds will be used for additional staffing costs as well as food, personal and cleaning supplies.
Don Adam, Executive Director of Huron House said the grant is very appreciated. Since the boys in residential care have been off school, his staff has been helping them access their online course work and oversee completion of homework. “The kids have been quite resilient, and our staff has been absolutely incredible, ” he said.
North Lambton Community Health Centre – $5,000
The Harm Reduction & Hepatitis C Care Team at North Lambton Community Health Centre continues to provide modified services during COVID-19. Funds will help clients who need transportation to Sarnia for services such as Opioid Substitution Therapy and laboratory services; provide home delivery of harm reduction supplies, non-perishable food, hygiene products and other essentials, and provide phone cards to continue to conduct all appointments over the phone.
The Compassion Fund is comprised of community donations from those who want to help our most vulnerable in the wake of COVID-19. Donations can be made online at www.theunitedway.on.ca or by calling 519-336-5452.