United Way Halifax named Halifax Business Award Finalist

United Way Halifax is a finalist for the Halifax Business Awards in the category Not for Profit of the Year. The Halifax Chamber of Commerce made the announcement today, via video. This is the first year that non-profits are included in the business awards and we’re pleased to be named a finalist.

Key to our nomination this year was our effort to meet our community’s greatest needs during COVID-19 with the Atlantic Compassion Fund. Overnight, their needs changed drastically. It was evident they needed financial support. Thanks to a generous donor, local business owner Tom Rose, we were able to kick off the first COVID-19 relief fund in Canada on March 17. As a result, over 90 charities in HRM received $2.4 million. This ensured people have the nutritious food, safe shelter, connection, transportation and mental health supports they needed.

We’re proud of that effort. We’re also proud of our front-line community partners who stepped up, got creative, and adapted to support the community. And, we’re so proud of and grateful for our incredible donors. You trusted and believed in our ability to get their donations into the hands of those who needed it most. But, there’s more work to be done. Many people were struggling in poverty before the pandemic, and they are still vulnerable now. Donations made to our Community Fund will help the network of front-line supports we fund. And, they’ll continue to meet the greatest needs in our community.

Congratulations to all of the other finalists announced for the Halifax Business Awards. Your organizations and leadership contribute so much to the strength of our community. We can’t wait to celebrate with you at the awards in January.