Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way Estevan is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. United Way Estevan is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government. The investment amount for our community is $100,363.00.

*** Update - The following organizations have been approved for funding after the June 15th deadline:

  • Envision Counselling & Support Centre Inc.
  • Estevan Family Resource Centre
  • Hillcrest Community Program
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
  • St. Joseph's Hospital of Estevan

Who can apply?

United Way Estevan will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19. Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. United Way Estevan may also partner with nonprofits, through agent agreements, delivering services that align with our organization’s charitable objects].

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

•           Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers

•           Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching

•           Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities

•           Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support

•           Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence

•           Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and

•           Others


What types of activities could be funded?

•           Community outreach and engagement

•           Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19

•           Sharing information and knowledge

•           Engaging and recruiting volunteers

How to Apply

Applications received on or before June 15th will be considered for a total of up to 60% of the funding being distributed to applicants within three weeks of the deadline. The second (and final) deadline is Juy 15th where the remaining funding will be allocated. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible. Send applications to admin@unitedwayestevan.com.


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions here: ECSF - FAQ We support and encourage volunteering and strengthen our community through important social causes. and application guide found here:

ECSF Community Program Application Template      

ECSF Applicant guide

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Executive Director, Sheila Guenther at sheila@unitedwayestevan.com or 306-634-7375 for assistance.


   2020 Update:

As a result of Covid-19, we’ve had to cancel our typical Day of Caring. Also because of this global pandemic, individuals in nursing homes and care homes are not able to have friends and family visit them at this time. Let’s show these residents that they’re not alone and that we’re thinking of them. We’re encouraging you and your family, especially children, to write letters or cards. Let the residents know that you care, tell them a joke or funny story, or draw pictures. If you want, you can specify if it’s for a “Man” or “Woman”. Also, large print would be appreciated by many. The staff at these homes will distribute these letters, cards, and pictures to their residents. If you mail these within Estevan, no postage is needed as long as you put “Days of Caring” above the name and address of the seniors home you’re sending it to. Thanks Canada Post for helping our community through this!

Here are the addresses of the four senior homes we’ve contacted:

"Days of Caring" Estevan Regional Nursing Home 1921 Wellock Road Estevan, SK S4A 2B5 (60 residents)

"Days of Caring" St. Joseph’s Long Term Care 1176 Nicholson Road Estevan, SK S4A 0H3 (38 residents)

"Days of Caring" Creighton Lodge 1028 Hillcrest Drive Estevan, SK S4A 1Y7 (47 residents)

"Days of Caring" Hilllview Manor 1401 1st St. Estevan, SK S4A 2W7  (38 residents)


Be sure to post pics writing, drawing or mailing your letters to our social media pages - facebook, instagram and twitter. You can use the hashtags #DaysofCaring and #LocalLove.

Telethon - Friday & Saturday, October 16th & 17th, 2020

Our 2020 Telethon will happen! We'll update this space with more information soon.

WOW! Thanks to you, we exceeded our goal of $340,000 in only 33 hours. To all the school students who fundraised and entertained, to all the restaurants, groups, and individuals who donated food for the volunteers, to the ECS SRC Takeover group who did a fantastic job hosting through the night, to everyone who donated in the community, at work, at your child's school or at the Telethon, to all the singers and dancers, to our Member Agencies for providing awareness about the hard work you do and the valuable services you provide, to businesses who ran promotions, to everyone who helped with the Telethon setup, answered phones, ran cameras, helped with raffle tickets and bid items, or helped in any way.....


(We simply can't say it enough how awesome you are!)





Give. Volunteer. Act.

United Way Estevan has supported necessary community initiatives and services to help those who need it the most in Estevan and area for over 40 years. We proudly do this through our group of strong volunteers and our incredible donors. We aim to GIVE financially to support these services, VOLUNTEER our time to our community, and ACT to serve those in need.


Annual Telethon

United Way Estevan holds one major fundraiser every year to support our community impact projects and all 15 of our member agencies. The United Way Telethon is a 33-hour live event held every October to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for our community. 2019's Telethon was held on October 18th and 19th at the Estevan Royal Canadian Legion Hall.

Day of Caring

The Day of Caring is an annual national event to celebrate volunteering and to help contribute to the community in which we live. Each year United Way Estevan mobilizes more than a hundred volunteers to give a helping hand to local projects for people or organizations that would not otherwise be able to accomplish them. 

Community Impact

The Community Impact Fund is designed to support major projects for community initiatives. Through this program United Way has been able to provide funding for the Hillcrest Breakfast program and many others.


211’s telephone line and online directory help people deal with life’s challenges. The free service connects users with vital community and social resources, close to home and specific to their needs.