This year, COVID-19 has created some unprecedented challenges for our community, says Andrew Bothamley, vice-president finance for the Windsor-Essex United Way.
“Our most vulnerable residents were pushed to their limits and beyond,” he says. “United Way worked in collaboration with community partners to respond to the increased demand for supports and services.”
The charity established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to meet the needs of local residents, including food security and mental health supports.
“As we move forward this year, United Way will continue to support our community’s recovery by putting your donations to work in the most effective way possible, when and where they’re needed the most,” Bothamley says.
That need has Sheri Lowrie, co-chair of the campus campaign in support of United Way, issuing an appeal to colleagues.
“Let’s show that in times of emergency and uncertainty, we as a campus community can rise together and support Windsor-Essex County,” says Lowrie. “The University of Windsor is a driving force in our community and our community can’t recover without our support.”
She asks staff and faculty to watch for a soliciation in their email inboxes in the form of an electronic pledge form from her or the United Way, and to contribute if they are able.