Today, United Way announced they have raised $40,000 and distributed $25,000 and recently increased their goal from $100,000 to $300,000 for disaster relief efforts in the Territory.
David Connelly, Chair of United Way Emergency Response Committee says the organization continues to raise money daily and actively committing money to different non-profits throughout the NWT. Connelly adds that due to major support from communities, United Way is able to launch new charity projects and raise goals to provide further support for individuals affected by natural disasters.
“Those numbers are based on the demand not only from the fires but it looks like there is going to be some demands from flooding in the Beaufort Delta as well.” Connelly told MyTrueNorthNow.
Connelly says one area United Way continues to help with is the opportunity for non-profits around the territory to receive microgrants to offer assistance to evacuees during the ongoing wildfire situation in South Slave.
“United Way NWT is offering $2,500 microgrants to any not-for-profits helping the evacuees.” Connelly says. “It’s a one page application and usually we turn them around in six business hours to get you started in covering incremental costs in assisting evacuees.” Connelly adds.
United Way is still accepting donations at nwt.unitedway.ca and not-for-profits can apply for microgrants at nwt.unitedway.ca/fires.