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The United Way Newfoundland and Labrador held an event in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Nov. 14 to present funding to local charities and to recognize local businesses who donate.
The United Way Newfoundland and Labrador held an event in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Nov. 14 to present funding to local charities and to recognize local businesses who donate. - Evan Careen

United Way Newfoundland and Labrador was in Happy Valley-Goose Bay last week to present grants to some charities in the community.

Tammy Davis, executive director for United Way in the province, announced three projects from their Community Fund Grant Program.

The Early Childhood Development Association (ECDA) received $9,000 to build a community garden for its Pumpkin House project.

 “Through the establishment of a community green space adjacent to the new childcare facility and the current healthy meal and snack program, Pumpkin House offers this program (which) will support and promote healthy eating of locally grown foods to the children in the ECDA program,” Davis said.

The Salvation Army was presented with a grant to help with its food voucher program. Captains Brent and Melissa Haas accepted the $10,000 in funding from United Way, saying it goes a long way to keep the much-used program going.

Another $9,000 in funding was presented to the Nukum Munik Women’s’ Shelter in Sheshatshiu.

Davis said the money was for repairs to the building; including window replacements and other work.

Davis said she visited the shelter and was impressed with what they did.

“We saw it as a small way to help repair the dignity of the women that use the services of this shelter. Imagine leaving a situation of domestic violence and the place that’s supposed to be your safe haven, immediately you’re greeted with a hole in the floor,” she said. “It’s about helping give them some dignity as they try to restore safety and dignity in their own lives.”

Davis said they held the event to recognize the organizations that give to United Way and those who received the grants.

She said they’ve been providing funding in Labrador for about eight years and would like to get the word out more about the grants being available. All funds they raise in the province are distributed to charities in the province, David said, and $150,000 has been invested in Labrador specifically.

“We see the need in Labrador and want to get more applications from Labrador,” she said.

Past recipients of the grants are Libra House, the Hopedale Community Centre and the Labrador Friendship Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The funds raised for the grants distributed on Nov. 14 was from the 2017 Workplace Campaign, where businesses donated via voluntary payroll deductions.

For more information about the United Way, and how to apply for grants, visit: http://www.nl.unitedway.ca/

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