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Emergency funding now available for local vulnerable seniors

'More than many, our vulnerable seniors are in need of assistance' and money will help them 'get a needed boost during the COVID-19 pandemic,' official says

Emergency funding is now available for vulnerable seniors across Simcoe Muskoka.

Residents aged 55 and older are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 to learn more about the Urgent Needs Fund and check their eligibility to receive a one-time grant. This initiative supports those older residents who are especially challenged by the pandemic and is intended to assist with their physical and mental health, as well as with their social wellbeing.

With funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) is partnering with charitable organizations across the region to distribute $137,000. These organizations include Barrie Community Foundation, Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, CONTACT Community Services, Elder Abuse Muskoka, Independent Living Services, Muskoka Seniors, Ryde Community Co-op, and Gravenhurst Against Poverty (GAP).

“More than many, our vulnerable seniors are in need of assistance,” says UWSM CEO Dale Biddell. “By distributing this funding to some of the most important resources in our communities, the needs of our seniors will get a needed boost during the COVID-19 pandemic. United Way Simcoe Muskoka and our partners have the knowledge and expertise to make sure that this relief is accessible and will have the greatest impact possible.”

All residents of Simcoe County needing assistance are urged to call 211 (dial 2-1-1) to be connected to local resources and services. As always, emergency calls should continue to be directed to 9-1-1. Both are toll-free and live answered 24/7.