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United Way of Northern BC receives $100K donation from Coastal GasLink for COVID-19 Relief Fund

Money will go towards funding social-service agencies
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Coastal GasLink is donating $100,000 to the United Way of Northern BC’s (UWNBC) COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The LNG organization says the money will help UWNBC in its effort to support the needs of regional residents, including seniors in isolation, homeless, those struggling with mental health and addictions and those needing food support amidst during the pandemic.

“We are so grateful to receive this support from TC Energy and Coastal GasLink to help northern B.C. communities at this critical time. The funds raised through COVID-19 Relief Fund will go directly to fulfilling the increasing needs of social service agencies and the clients they serve, with 100 per cent of the donations going back to where they are needed most," says Trista Spencer, UWNBC Executive Director, in a news release.

"This incredibly generous donation will help us immensely in getting the much-needed support out as quickly as possible and speaks to their commitment to the areas they live and work in. It is partnerships like this that will bolster our efforts in coming together to make a very big difference while we get through this challenging time in our society."

The investment will be spread among communities across their entire pipeline project area, from B.C.'s Peace region to Kitimat, and will be focused on non-profit organizations supporting several socio-economic challenges like food security, poverty and social assistance, housing and homelessness and mental health and addictions.

“As healthcare professionals and first responders across North America work tirelessly to slow the spread of COVID-19, local charities are also under strain to support those most vulnerable during this unprecedented situation,” said Kiel Giddens, BC Public Affairs Manager for TC Energy and Coastal GasLink Pipeline, in the same release.

“We want to do our part to support our neighbours, colleagues, and friends in the communities we live and work in across northern B.C.”

UWNBC’s COVID-19 Relief Fund aims to help fight the above challenges and will help the most vulnerable in these unprecedented times.

You can find more information or donate to the United Way of Northern BC’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, at unitedwaynbc.ca/donate and select the COVID-19 – Fund.