$32,660 to support Canadian communities during COVID-19
During COVID-19, like many Canadian citizens and organizations, we want to help communities secure the support they need to care for our most vulnerable citizens during the pandemic. This is why we have made a $20,000 donation to United Way, a charitable network that aims to improve lives locally across Canada. We also encouraged our employees to donate with a donation matching program. Employees generously gave $6,330, resulting in an additional $6,330 donation corporately. All funds were directed to United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
While the effects of the pandemic are wide-ranging, through this fund, United Way is supporting vulnerable populations who face barriers such as poverty, homelessness and social isolation may have not been able to prepare for the crisis. Donations to the Fund will be used to:
- Ensure people have basic needs met during the pandemic, like access to food and shelter
- Support community partner organizations’ local initiatives
- Provide help for seniors, ensuring that while vulnerable people are isolated, they feel supported.
Fairstone has over 235 branches across the country, and our employees, family members, customers and neighbours have all been affected by the pandemic. Each day, we are working to understand how Fairstone and our employees can make a difference in our local areas.
Supporting United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund is only one avenue we are pursuing to support communities in the fight against COVID-19; we’ve also donated $60,000 to support mental health programs for health care workers across the country, enhanced our own internal employee supports, created financial relief programs for customers, and established a new means for Canadians to access the money they need to manage tough financial times, from the safety and comfort of home. Customers who are financially impacted by COVID-19 should contact their local branch or call 800-995-2274 to discuss what relief options are available for them.