United Way of the Lower Mainland has launched a Community Builder Program, with $600,000 in funding, to help the most vulnerable. Pixabay photo

Abbotsford among 8 ‘hubs’ receiving a total of $600,000 through United Way

Community Builder Program for those most in need of support during pandemic

Abbotsford is one of eight B.C. communities that will receive a total of $600,000 in funding through the United Way to support vulnerable people who are at even greater risk due to COVID-19.

The agency has launched the Community Builder Program thanks to the funding from Seaspan, Southern Railway of B.C., and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

United Way is using the money to launch the program in eight hubs in Abbotsford, Delta, New Westminster, the North Shore, the Squamish Nation and Victoria/Esquimalt.

The money will be go towards those who are most in need of support, including micro grants to provide community connections for neighbourhoods and funding to service agencies through COVID-19 relief grants.

The $600,000 donation includes a $150,000 matching challenge. For very dollar contributed by Seaspan, Southern Railway and United Way donors, the foundation will match up to $150,000.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun thanks all those involved for providing this “swift and much-needed support” to the community.

“The Local Love Community Builder program will help deliver much-needed support to people in Abbotsford,” he said.

RELATED: United Way looking for more volunteers to help those isolated in Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland

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