UNITED Is In Our Name - An Update From UWWRC
The warm weather is upon us and it appears our community, businesses and normal way of life are slowly opening up. However, we still do not know what the future holds. What we do know is this pandemic is not over yet and its effects are still being felt now and will be evident for a long time.
United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) wants to ensure that as we move into what some are deeming the “recovery phase”, we are still supporting those in our community that need it most. What is most evident now is that we cannot merely rely on temporary measures, we have to move forward in an attempt to build a stronger community now and for the future.
Emergency Community Support Fund 2nd Round Funding
United Way Waterloo Region Communities is accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund from June 22nd until July 7th.
This fund is to help all charities and qualified donees serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is open to all qualified non-profit organizations in Waterloo Region. It has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast. UWWRC is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government. Click on link below to learn more and apply today.
Our community still needs our help. Please consider donating now to support everything that must be done to help those of all races who need it presently and help build a stronger future. United is in our name and as an organization that promotes and supports all our community members, we want to remind you, we stand United.
And it is not only the pandemic that must change our way of thinking. We must show a willingness to listen and work toward a better future for everyone.
Commitment to Equity
The recent events across North America have brought into laser focus that now is the time for change. “We must listen to our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) community and let them inform, instruct and change us, in order to eliminate the racism and inequality that exists,” said Joan Fisk, UWWRC CEO.
Acknowledging The Unignorable
As we watch, read and listen to the situation unfolding south of Canada’s border we must recognize, that as a community, Waterloo Region is not immune to the same issues. Racism in Canada is unignorable and we need to acknowledge that there is more than one problem and there must be more than one solution. We cannot claim that things are different here.
United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) realizes that as an organization we must step back, listen, learn, and work harder toward undoing the devastating effects of systemic racism. United is in our name and we want to ensure we stand behind that and beside all those who want to make a difference.
These are easy words to say but harder to live by. For those who are not part of a BIPOC community, our experiences can be very different to others.
The Board Chair of United Way Waterloo Region Communities is determined that we work toward a new future together. “Being a visible minority, I have experienced my share of subtle but at times overt discrimination. But I must also admit that I have my own bias and I am not exempted from this evil. It is clear that the majority of citizens recognize this problem which is the beginning in finding a solution. United Way in its mandate and history is perfectly suited as a key partner in the difficult work of forging a new path”.
The events of the past weeks remind us again that systemic racism is a form of violence. It attacks directly and physically, and it attacks the very idea of equality and opportunity. We see the effects of racism every day in our communities through the racialization of poverty that has taken hold over generations, and in the disproportionate health impact of COVID-19 on black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities.
The vision of United Way Waterloo Region Communities is to live in in a place where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to eradicate poverty and social exclusion by bringing people together, creating opportunity for people to show love for their community, and by investing in the essential community services that help bridge the gap between potential and opportunity. We are committed to diversity as a core value, and we know we have much work to do to ensure we are creating an inclusive world, that we are learning with and alongside our communities, and that our staff and volunteers reflect the community we live in and love. We are committed to continuing this work – today and tomorrow.
Today we stand for hope, we stand for equity, and we stand as United Ways and Centraides in solidarity with all the people who live in Canada, our American neighbours and caring people across the world that are demonstrating for an end to racism, inequity and injustice in all its forms.