Flames Foundation to distribute $1.15M to support community needs

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Fans enter the Saddledome as the opening ceremonies start prior to the Edmonton Oilers playing the Calgary Flames. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The Calgary Flames’ charitable arm — the Flames Foundation — has announced it will donate $1.15 million to “organizations in support of critical community needs” as the city continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the organizations to receive funds from the Foundation is the United Way.

“The United Way COVID-19 Community Response Fund in partnership with the City of Calgary (including, Calgary Emergency Management Agency), is a community fund that has been created to address urgent needs for vulnerable persons and families,” the Foundation’s release said.

“Calgary Flames Foundation funds will go directly to vulnerable populations and relief support for Indigenous communities.”

The Foundation highlighted a number of local organizations supporting vulnerable populations that will receive support through these funds, including the Calgary Drop-In Centre, The Mustard Seed, Inn from the Cold, CUPS Calgary Society and The Alex.

They also highlighted the funding’s support for the Calgary Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids, all of whom support mobilizing food and food security; Kids Help Phone, Calgary Counselling Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association (Calgary Region), and Distress Centre Calgary, who provide mental health support; as well as YW Calgary and Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, both of whom provide family support services.

“During this unprecedented time in our community and under extraordinary circumstances, it is the important work being done through these charities, health care professionals and critical service groups that make all the difference,” said Calgary Flames Foundation chairman Jeff McCaig.

“We thank these individuals that are working on the front line and keeping us safe.”

Earlier this month, the Flames also announced a program to help compensate part-time employees who are unable to work while the NHL season is on hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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