• Supporting relief projects during the global crisis

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    Supporting relief projects during the global crisis

    A 3M grant of $144,846 has been pledged to support relief projects in the UK that are helping the most vulnerable people in society impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

    Supporting relief projects during the global crisis

    A 3M grant of $144,846 has been pledged to support relief projects in the UK that are helping the most vulnerable people in society impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

    Supporting relief projects during the global crisis

    A 3M grant of $144,846 has been pledged to support relief projects in the UK that are helping the most vulnerable people in society impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

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      This is part of a $1.875 million commitment made by 3M at a corporate level, working with The United Way Worldwide to identify local projects providing food and hygiene products for disadvantaged families; funding internet connections to support home schooling; and financing telephone lifelines for isolated elderly people.

      Around two thirds of the UK grant is being allocated to community projects through the 3M-United Way UK Give Local Covid-19 Response Programme. This is helping small charities and schools working on the frontline to provide relief services to support vulnerable people in the most impacted areas.

      More than 200 charities applied to receive a Covid-19 Give Local grant. Based on rigorous assessments and prioritising those with the greatest field expertise, impact capacity and efficiency, the programme team chose three charities to each receive grants of $12,800. A further 11 charities will receive small grants of between $3,900 and $6,500.

      The three $12,800 grants went to:

      Feeding Bristol – tacking food insecurity:This charity provides strategic leadership and support tackling food insecurity across the city in a coordinated and collaborative way. Taking an overview enables the charity to drive systemic change and tackle root causes.

      The grant will be used to cover the cost of providing free and very low-cost healthy food to the economically vulnerable and is expected to impact around 2,500 people through several projects. These include increasing the number of Food Clubs that distribute hampers across the most deprived areas of Bristol from five to 16 in response to increasing need and the funding of staffing, fridges and raw food products.

      Blooming Blossoms Trust – education:The Blooming Blossoms Trust in North London provides triple-pronged support to 80 children with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities and their families. This includes helping them integrate into mainstream settings, building social networks and offering supplementary education and therapy.

      As many of these families have been adversely impacted by Covid-19, the charity will use the grant to provide additional support including daily meal deliveries feeding 120 children as well as 400 hours of volunteer mentoring and tutoring.

      Woking Mind – mental health: Woking Mind in Surrey is one of over 100 federated local Mind charities that provide a safe, welcoming space to support adults living with mental health difficulties, helping them to live more independent and fulfilling lives. They provide a wide range of services, including drop-in sessions and specialist peer support groups.

      The large majority of services are usually delivered face to face, but in the current circumstances these are now done remotely. This is both more intensive and time consuming and Mind is desperately in need of more funding to increase capacity to meet growing demand.

      Funding for this organisation will contribute to the costs of a major new telephone support service run by professional staff and specially trained volunteers. This will provide capacity for a minimum of 600 additional calls a month, more than doubling the current level of activity in a cost-effective way.

      United Way Worldwide is a privately-funded not-for-profit organisation based in the US with a network spanning more than 40 countries and territories across six continents. It serves 61 million people across the globe, supported by 2.9 million volunteers and 8.3 million donors.

      Said Pilar Kusel, head of External Affairs and Programmes at United Way UK: “This pandemic is a new challenge for us, but we have always possessed the community spirit needed to respond to a global crisis. The local charities that we have supported in the UK, thanks to this generous donation from 3M, will enable them to address global problems at a local level.

      “These organisations are doing excellent work assisting many of the most vulnerable groups in their communities. They have significant local intel and expertise and their services provide a lifeline for people who are struggling. Their work is invaluable, though often invisible, meaning that they do not attract donations easily, putting the sustainability of their critical services at risk.”

      Added 3M Reputation Communications manager for the North Europe Region, Ros Smith: “Many people in these organisations are working tirelessly to help those who are less fortunate; and the need for financial and practical support has never been more acute. We are delighted that 3M and United Way UK, working in partnership, can make a difference to people’s quality of life.”

      In addition, the remaining third of the funding is providing reading support for disadvantaged children in geographic areas most impacted by Covid-19; with funding allocated to providing books for primary age children and supporting a Reading at Home/Reading Buddies scheme.