United Way Provides Emergency Funding to Red Cross to Help Individuals Affected by Grant Manor Fire in Sooke

VICTORIA, BC – United Way is providing $12,000 to Red Cross for its emergency response program, including help for those individuals affected by the Grant Manor fire in Sooke. In times of great need, United Way plays an important role in caring for vulnerable citizens through a network of services throughout the Capital Regional District.

“The fire in Grant Manor in Sooke reminds us that a person’s life can change overnight and how it takes a community of citizens, non-profits, local government and business all working together to manage an emergency,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way. “As a leader in the social services sector we are committed to being able to address immediate and emerging needs in our community and to be there to provide funding for services for people when they feel they have nowhere to turn.”

Red Cross will use funding from United Way to provide short- and long-term term housing needs for the more than two dozen individuals displaced by the fire, as well as to train more volunteers to support people in their return to self-sufficiency.

“For many people, recovering from a disaster can be an extremely frightening, long and expensive experience,” said Phyllis Argue, Red Cross B.C. & Yukon Manager of Government Relations. “This generous funding from United Way will greatly contribute to our work in helping vulnerable communities and help ensure we can respond 24/7.”

“Red Cross is a leader in emergency response and they do an outstanding job under very trying circumstances and we believe that United Way must be there to support them,” says Jelinski. “It’s due to our many donors across the Capital Regional District that we have the capacity to help people access the support they need to recover from this tragic event.”

United Way and Red Cross have a long-lasting relationship; Red Cross was one of the original organizations to receive from United Way when they distributed their first batch of grants in 1938.

For more information, please contact:

Patricia Jelinski, CEO
United Way
Work: 250-220-7364
Cell: 250-217-8698
Email: patricia.jelinski@uwgv.ca

Cheekwan Ho
Communications Manager – B.C. & Yukon
Canadian Red Cross | Western Canada
Work: 250-995-3526 | Cell: 250-418-0739
Email: Cheekwan.Ho@redcross.ca


United Way is a year-round fundraiser and community funder working to address the immediate needs of our most vulnerable citizens, while also creating long-term strategies to target the root causes of social issues. We have a strong history in Greater Victoria – over 78 years and $149 million dollars raised. As the region’s largest non-government funder, we are one of the few organizations to provide multi-year funding to ensure we support a strong and stable network of services. We work collaboratively, in a “united way” bringing business, labour, government, the non-profit sector and donors together to build a strong and caring community.


Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs including shelter, food, assistance linking to local resources, information, clothing and household items. Red Cross assistance does not duplicate assistance provided through insurance, government or other agencies.