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Pioneer Lodge residents use iPads

Delle Schmidt is one of the Pioneer Lodge residents who enjoys using the new iPads.

Pioneer Lodge residents are enjoying the use of new iPads funded by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.

Willow Creek Foundation received  $3,000 to buy iPads for seniors to connect virtually with their families and friends.

The community foundation last month awarded $202,800 to 15 charities working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation established a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program in March with a contribution of $375,000 from its unrestricted fund.

Eleanor Donahue, 100, gets a lesson on using the new iPads at Pioneer Lodge.

The first round of funding include charities across the region providing urgent response work in the areas of food, shelter, and health care.

Other successful projects include providing on-line mental health supports, support for seniors, and emergency housing for youth at risk.

The community foundation began accepting applications May 19 for a second round of funding. The deadline to apply to this program is 4 p.m. June 12.

Information is available from grants co-ordinator, Caitlin Gajdostik at

More information on both grants programs can be found at

Anyone interested in supporting the foundation’s COVID-19 Fund can do so by contacting community foundation executive director Charleen Davidson at Gifts are eligible for a tax-deductible donation receipt.

Pioneer Lodge resident Herb Emmott playing cards on a new iPad.
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