The True North Stronger Fund
"...In times like these, it is important that our members know that we are there for them."
– Richard Adam, President and CEO
Belonging to Northern Credit Union means, you are part of something bigger than yourself. Something truly Northern. Helping our local communities is one of the most rewarding aspects of belonging to Northern Credit Union. As an organization that reports to its members, we are committed to staying connected to our Northern communities in unique and meaningful ways – whether it’s doing our part to improve community life here, or being the first to respond at a time of great need. Northern is about making a Difference for our member, in our communities, through good times or bad.
True North Stronger Fund
Northern Credit Union has established the True North Stronger Fund to support communities throughout Ontario in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In coordination with United Way, donations will fund recovery support in areas in which Northern has a presence. Northern has committed to $20,000, to match member and community donations made to the fund.
By making a donation today, you are providing the United Way in your community with a matched donation that is needed more now than ever during these tough times to continue to support our homes the best way we can.
Together we are stronger.
How it Works
Click the ‘Give Now’ button below and you will be taken to the United Way National donation page. Follow the prompts including donation amount, credit card information and billing.
United Way will ensure, by cross-referencing your donation and postal code that your donation goes directly to your area’s United Way.
How our partnership is serving our members
Five United Ways cover the Northern Credit Union footprint, Thunder Bay, North Eastern Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Bruce Grey and Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District.
We’ve provided with necessary supplies and support and over 600 food hampers were prepared and delivered to isolated seniors and families with children who previously relied on the Ontario Student Nutrition Program at local schools for daily nutrition.
We continue to deliver our front line programs to those in need which includes our Utility Assistance Program which provides one-time financial assistance to cover heating and hydro costs and our Backpack Program which provides a backpack full of school supplies to children of low income families. In the coming weeks, we will be re-launching our Financial Literacy Program which will provide valuable counselling and navigational support to those struggling with debt and financial insecurity.
United Way of Eastern Ontario has had to change, but continues to offer services to our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We stay committed to giving children access to mental health and addition supports, housing and that youth in crisis have immediate support. Our poverty efforts engage newcomers, people with disabilities and provide support for those in financial crisis. As always we continue to interact with agencies to aid individuals with mental health support, support for seniors and more.
North East Ontario
To date, the CRF has helped food banks replenish shelves, organizations prepare extra ready-to-eat meals, the purchase of hygiene products, food gift cards, and other essential items including PPE, cleaning supplies and transportation costs associated with food delivery to remote communities.
Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District
United Way’s Harvest Algoma is supplying food to those in need in Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District. Due to closures of foodservice and retail industries Canada-wide, Harvest Algoma has had access to more food shipments and is delivering this surplus to the District. Outside of the Sault Ste. Marie core, there are limited options for people to purchase their essential products. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has inflated prices and limited travel making access to these essential items especially difficult. Harvest Algoma’s weekly food drop-offs assist agencies and support the community during this uncertain time.
The United Way of Thunder Bay primarily is issuing unrestricted grants to organizations working in the following fields: food security, homelessness, supporting justice-involved individuals, and reducing social isolation. Recipients include: St. Andrew’s Soup Kitchen Inc., the John Howards Society, Regional Food Distribution Association, Community Clothing Assistance, and the Catholic Family development Centre.