CSS Funding Update: March 2022.
The Guelph Wellington Seniors Association works with the City of Guelph and agencies like the United Way to offer diverse programs for seniors. As a non-profit association we rely on available funding sources and apply for numerous grants each year. While our GWSA activity groups and programs are supported through membership dues and group fees, the Community Support Services (CSS) are funded primarily through grants and donations.
In recent years, the United Way has been the main funder for our Community Support Services. Last fall, we learned that the United Way had received applications for more than three times what was available for them to allocate. The United Way made some difficult decisions, then invited the GWSA to submit applications for all of our CSS programs, with the exception of the Move Well program. Consequently, the Move Well funding program ends on March 31, 2022.
In February, the GWSA received further news that the United Way funding including the remaining CSS programs would be reduced by 76%, effective April 1, 2022. This critically impacts supports like our food insecurity and outreach programs.
We are disappointed, but understand that there is greater community need with fewer resources due to the pandemic. Our volunteer Board of Directors respects the difficult decisions of the United Way and appreciates the many years of support and funding they have been able to provide.
Although funding has diminished, our commitment to ensure the availability of programs remains strong. Even with reduced funding, the GWSA Board of Directors has decided it will continue to support the remaining Community Support Services programming until December 31, 2022 while staff and board members explore transitioning those CSS programs to other community support agencies or organizations.
The Board recognizes that it is accountable to our members to be fiscally responsible. At the same time, we strive to source the best opportunities to grow the organization with dedication to our strategic priorities.
As always, we will continue to work through the challenges as we adapt to changes and thrive. Keeping you well informed is an important part of that commitment.
-GWSA Board of Directors
The GWSA and City of Guelph’s Senior Services team, continue to provide a robust roster of programs that meet physical and social needs of our older adult community. The following links connect to the wide array of seniors programs offered by the GWSA and the City of Guelph.
If financial need is a barrier, financial support for membership and program fees is available through the FAIR Program.