United Way shortfall cuts off funding to 31 seniors groups

Photograph by: Vincenzo D'Alto , The Gazette

Thirty-one seniors’ organizations funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland have been told their funding will not be renewed once their contracts expire, leaving seniors who are dependent on the programs out in the cold.

The contracts are worth a total of $1.65 million and expire either this year or next.

“All our grants will be fulfilled so there’s no actual cuts being made,” United Way president and CEO Michael McKnight said Friday.

“Some of the grants we make to organizations weren’t renewed. That happens on a regular basis.”

The termination of the 31 contracts follows a reduction in donations to the United Way.

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