Thunder Bay Community Foundation Joins United Way of Thunder Bay in COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Posted on March 23, 2020

March 22, 2020, Thunder Bay, ON – Today, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation matched the United Way of Thunder Bay’s initial contribution to the Thunder Bay COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launching a collaborative effort to support agencies that have been put under immense pressure as a result of the current crisis.

The Thunder Bay COVID-19 Community Response Fund launches with an initial $50,000 and continues to grow with community contributions. After announcing the collaboration to organization contacts and networks, a very generous donation of $100,000 was announced within an hour today, from an anonymous individual donor through the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.

The collaborative fund will provide one place for philanthropists, community leaders, corporations and individuals to contribute, to help support urgent needs to ensure that community members affected by the pandemic stay safe, healthy and have access to basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene products, shelter and crisis counselling.

Local agencies can apply for funding through the Thunder Bay Community Foundation’s online grant platform. A joint committee will be evaluating the streamlined applications and are committed to respond within three to five days to ensure there is a rapid response to emerging needs.

Alexandra Calderon, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation announced, “We wanted to join the United Way of Thunder Bay in a collaborative effort – the city needs everyone working together and pulling together right now. Even in isolation, we can lend a helping hand. It is critical that our local organizations have the resources they need to operate under the current strain. We hope that you will consider a generous donation to the fund to support the agencies that are working to ensure families can access basic needs in this time of crisis.”

The COVID- 19 pandemic is exacerbating challenges that families across Thunder Bay deal with daily. Thunder Bay’s health and social service organizations are experiencing a sharp increase in demand for services to meet basic needs. Missing pay cheques, inability to pay rent, lack of access to food and other essential supplies are realities that many local community members are facing now or will be facing in the coming months.

Says Albert Brulé, Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Thunder Bay; One hundred percent of every donation to the Thunder Bay COVID-19 Community Response Fund will support the front-line agencies that are ensuring people have access to basic needs during the crisis. Both of our organizations have waived any and all administrative costs and will be working alongside charitable organizations. This fund truly shows the power of community collaboration and working together to reach diverse networks.”

Individuals and corporations are encouraged to donate to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund online at or, alternately via mail to either organization.

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