TORONTO, ON, MAY 20, 2020/insPRESS/ – Recognizing the enormous challenges that community-based charities are facing, Ecclesiastical Insurance expanded its national Community Impact Grant Program to include a critical COVID-19 component.
Under the auspices of its owner Allchurches Trust, one of the UK’s largest grant giving trusts, Ecclesiastical is providing grants to thirty-eight registered charities across Canada. Among them are community groups that provide shelter for the homeless and disenfranchised; ensure a safe place for abused women and children; meet the food security needs of impoverished families; deliver meals to seniors and vulnerable people; and, provide solace and counselling.
Announcing the COVID-19 grants, David Huebel, Ecclesiastical’s president, reaffirmed the company’s core principles. “Throughout Ecclesiastical’s 130+ year history, including almost 50 years of operations in Canada,” he said, “our singular mission has been to protect those who enrich the lives of others. This mission has guided our business practices, our values and our commitment to giving back. We will continue to do everything we can to provide assistance and support during these incredibly difficult times.”
Michèle George, Chair of Ecclesiastical’s Grant Committee, spoke about the devastation that COVID-19 has caused, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable among us. “Through its Community Impact Grant, Ecclesiastical wanted to find a meaningful way to help those most in need by supporting as many food banks, meal programs and shelters as possible. These COVID-19 grant recipients are truly on the front line and their volunteers, services and dedication help make our communities whole.”
Ecclesiastical employees were very much a part of the COVID-19 grant effort as they were asked to nominate the charities for the Committee’s consideration. Albeit working remotely it was, as always, an Ecclesiastical team effort.
About Ecclesiastical Insurance
Founded in 1887 and with offices in Canada since 1972, Ecclesiastical Insurance is a specialist insurance provider. Working closely with the national independent broker network, Ecclesiastical provides customized insurance solutions and services to faith organizations, retirement communities, education facilities, arts & culture institutions, funeral service providers and registered charities and non-profit groups.
Lorna McIntosh, Vice President, Human Resources, Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc.