New $3 million-plus community response fund from Vancouver Foundation, United Way, and Vancity to give organizations relief

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      A new community response fund has been launched to help groups taking the hardest hit during the COVID-19 crisis.

      The fund has already accumulated over $3 million for the relief project--a million each from the Vancouver Foundation and Vancity Credit Union, $500,000 from United Way Lower Mainland, and more than $688,000 from Vancouver Foundation donors.

      The first phase of funding will go to community organizations dealing with the economic impact of reduced and lost work within the nonprofit sector, immediate needs of low-income populations,information needs of among  vulnerable community members to mitigate fear and confusion, and mobilizing citizens to assist vulnerable neighbours facing isolation.

      The multisector partnership is led by four Community Advisors: Vancouver Foundation, Vancity credit union, United Way Lower Mainland, and the City of Vancouver. This group will evolve as the Fund grows and expands its focus.

      Partners in the fund are calling on organizations and individuals to give now at: