The Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough Council adopted a resolution allowing for the creation of emergency financial support for the growing needs of community organizations in the area, so that they can maintain the services that are essential to citizens.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global health crisis that creates an exceptional situation in Canada and in Montreal, with significant consequences and major challenges in terms of social solidarity.
The City is currently working with several partners to support community organizations that continue to provide essential services to the most disadvantaged populations, including those working in food security or in support of vulnerable people living in distress.
In this exceptional pandemic context, the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough Council adopted, at its meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020, a resolution allowing for the creation of emergency financial support for the growing needs of community organizations in the area, so that they can maintain the services that are essential to citizens. Several organisations need support in order to pursue their respective missions and deploy additional resources in this particular context.
“The creation of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro COVID-19 Emergency Fund, in the amount of $35,000, is intended to provide temporary and exceptional financial assistance to community organizations in order to help the most vulnerable populations. The organizations targeted by the COVID-19 Emergency Fund are working in two essential sectors: emergency food aid and support for vulnerable people in distress through listening, assistance, referral and shelter services for women victims of violence. We are very pleased to contribute to maintaining assistance services in our community and to ensure the safety of our population in need in these difficult times,” said Borough Mayor Dimitrios (Jim) Beis.
An essential local aid programme
The creation of this emergency fund is a concrete action to help isolated, vulnerable and distressed people. The funding will enable organizations to continue providing essential services to these people and prevent them from finding themselves in a precarious situation where, without resources, their survival could be jeopardized.
The organizations that will benefit from the Pierrefonds-Roxboro COVID-19 Emergency Fund are:
- West Island Assistance Fund (FADOI)
- On Rock
- West Island Mission
- West Island Women Shelter
- CALACS (Centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel).