United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County

Covid-19 Emergency Response Initiative

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Matching donations that were generously provided by Gore Mutual Foundation ended on
May 23, 2020.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

In the face of this health crisis, we are amazed by the acts of kindness we are seeing across the region. Neighbours helping neighbours with groceries and supplies. Grassroots groups are supporting strangers as people voluntarily self-isolate and practice social distancing to protect the broader community.

As you care for your family and those closest to you, we urge you to think of those who may need support while in self-isolation. Everyone has an important role to play.

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During this time of a global pandemic, we know that many may not be able to afford to adequately prepare for how COVID-19 will affect their family. Many do not have a support system around them if they need to self-isolate, if they become ill, or if they can no longer work.

Food donations are declining, there are fewer volunteers to support food assistance programs, and with increasing need on the horizon our food bank system is on the verge of a very real crisis.

People who live in poverty, seniors and many others are at-risk. Mental health challenges are affecting us all. And those incredible volunteers – those generous people who are out there trying to help – they also need our support.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place incredible pressure on our social services, community partners are stepping up to help support vulnerable people in the Windsor-Essex community. Coalition partners include Amherstburg Community Services, Alzheimer Society Windsor-Essex, Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor Essex County, City of Windsor, Community Support Centre of Essex County, Family Services Windsor-Essex, Green Shield Canada, Hospice of Windsor & Essex County, Life After Fifty, New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence, ProsperUs, South Essex Community Council, Unemployed Help Centre, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, The VON, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, Windsor-Essex Community Foundation, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation,  Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Windsor Family Homes & Community Partnerships, Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association members and Workforce WindsorEssex.


  • Share how you are already helping or what needs exist on our Facebook Group called WE COVID Care Coalition
  • Mail or drop off grocery gift cards to the Unemployed Help Centre (6955 Cantelon Dr., Windsor, ON) which will redistribute them to people in need across the community through the food bank association network. Call ahead to ensure someone is available to meet you before you come. (519-944-4900)

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Make a gift today to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

When you give to United Way, you will help provide:

Basic Needs
Capacity for
Community Services
Mental Health

Help for 

Support for
Youth Isolation Support 
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Ensure people have access to life's essential needs, such as food.

Ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital local work. Enable crisis lines and system navigation services.

Ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported. There are amazing people rallying to support others. They need our help too. Help youth cope with social isolation through online connections.

As the situation changes, United Way will work with our community partners to adapt to emerging community needs.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Impact Report - Fall 2020

Since March 2020, United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex County has built a local coalition of more than 23 social service, business, and labour partners to manage the crisis that emerged from the pandemic. Learn more about the support and response to COVID-19.


Video Report on COVID-19 Response - May 22, 2020

Thank you to those who generously donated to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

$10,000 +

Canadian Tire Corporation
FCA Canada
Farrow International
Green Shield Canada
Government of Canada New Horizons
  for Seniors Program

Government of Canada Emergency
  Community Support Fund
Libro Credit Union
Postmedia | Windsor Star
Solcz Family Foundation
The O'Neil Foundation

$750 to $9,999

Archon Architect Incorporated
Axiomatic Ventures
Corporal4Life Apparel
The Co-Operators Insurance
Enwin Utilities
First Student Canada Membership Windsor
Glos Associates
Greater Essex Elementary Teachers’ Federation
Knights of Columbus – Holy Family 4386

National Bank
OSSTF District 9
Refac Industrial Contractors
Reliance Home Comfort
Petretta Construction 
TD Canada Trust
The Boiler Inspection & Insurance
UNIFOR Local 200 Retirees Association
UNIFOR Local 1959 




United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
300 Giles Boulevard East, Unit A1, Windsor, Ontario N9A 4C4

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