Powell River health aide lends a helping hand

Powell River Health-Care Auxiliary has again donated $ 10,000 to Danielle’s Helping Hand Fund in Powell River and District United Way.

In a press release, Julie Jenkins, Director of Engagement and Development at Centraide, thanked the health aide for her continued support. She said the funds will help low-income individuals and families across the region.

Jenkins said Danielle’s Aid Fund provides emergency financial assistance to people in need in the Qathet Regional District.

She added that the majority of requests to the fund are health-related, typically for dentures and dental expenses, as well as medical equipment, glasses and accommodation for medical travel.

“For people on fixed incomes, including many seniors and families, an unexpected expense can turn into a crisis very quickly,” Jenkins said. “Danielle’s Helping Hand Fund is a unique program in our local community. He is there to help when all other options have been exhausted.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way saw a slight increase in requests to the fund, Jenkins said.

“Since fall 2020 alone, we have supported 35 households in qathet, for a total of over $ 30,000,” she added.

Jenkins said Danielle’s Helping Hand Fund is a program run by United Way volunteers and that all donations to the fund go directly to individuals and families in need.

United Way relies on community support, such as the annual health aide donation, to make the program possible.

Low-income community members facing an emergency expense can visit the Poverty Advocacy Office to complete an application, Jenkins said. People can learn more on the United Way website at unitedwayofpowellriver.ca.

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