Maritime Division

hfx water

H20, a vital source

04
.21

“Asking for Help is a sign of strength,” Marie MacDonald

Since 2011, the H20 Water Fund has been helping families and individuals across Halifax with an up to $250 reduction in their water bills. Marie MacDonald shares that her water would have been cut off without support from the Fund this winter.

“Working full time and going back to school to become a police officer made it tough for me to pay all of my bills,” says Marie. “As an independent 46 year-old woman, it was hard to ask for help and this was the first time I struggled financially, but the thought of having my water cut off felt pretty scary.”

In partnership with the Halifax Water Commission, The Salvation Army administers the H20 Water Fund for which applicants can apply online every 24 months from March 31 to April 1.

“When I called the Halifax Water Commission to explain my situation, I learned about the program, completed an application form and quickly got in touch with James Woods at The Salvation Army,” says Marie. “When I talked with James, he also told me I qualified to apply for $400 to heat my home; I cannot thank James and The Salvation Army enough for this help.”

With support from the H20 Water Fund and the Good Neighbour Energy Fund (GNEF), Marie didn’t have to face a cold home or go without water this winter.

When asked about his thoughts about the program, James Woods says, “This great program helps a lot of people. Those who have had their water disconnected certainly feel the effects of how water is a vital source for everything we do; the need is there and it is growing.”

Last year, the Fund helped 100 compared to 72 in 2015 and it complements the GNEF – a partnership between Nova Scotia Power, the Government of Nova Scotia and The Salvation Army, which provides home heating assistance for families and individuals across Nova Scotia. 

For more information about the Fund, visit http://www.salvationarmy.ca/maritime/h2o/

 

Related Articles

Peers helping peers! Community members join at the Spryfield Community Church for an evening of conversation to help newcomers learn the language and meet people in the community.

Building community one conversation at a time

06
.16

The Spryfield Community Church was filled with much conversation and laughter during the first weekly English Café.

In café style, The Salvation Army is bringing peer leaders, generous volunteers and those who have recently immigrated to Nova Scotia together to learn more English and connect with one another. A theme will guide each week as participants work towards building their vocabularies through activities, games and many discussions in both large and small groups.  

“We want to welcome people here to build community […]

Sheila Banks instructs Sewing Club member Chithra using the sewing machine

Volunteer, Sheila Banks Helped Create Inclusion and Community

06
.06

Just over eight years ago after retiring from occupational therapy, Sheila was looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities that would be inclusive and accessible to all. With a passion for sewing, strong organizational skills and a background in adult education, Sheila decided to pitch the idea of creating a Sewing Club to The Salvation Army.

“The Salvation Army stepped up immediately as an enthusiastic host and welcomes us each week with its principles of caring, inclusiveness and community,” says Sheila. She adds, […]