In these times of uncertainty, we are all trying to find ways to connect and help each other wherever we can. But it gets difficult as we are told to stay physically away from each other. If you feel called to help, here are some ways to do so.

Updates will be made to this list as the situation progresses. The best way to help the community is to maintain your distance and stay safe yourself.

That does not mean you need to restrict your communication. Calling your friends, family, and neighbours on the phone or through video chat will make sure you are staying well connected. It can be as simple as grocery pooling for neighbours or placing a painted rock around town.

So long as we keep ‘caremongering‘ and looking out for each other, we will get through this. Together.

Over the Phone

One of our greatest assets at this time is the telephone. Aside from calling your own personal contacts to check on their well being, there are some great organizations that are calling for volunteer callers. 

Kids Help Phone

Their 24/7 Hotline has been increasingly busy as the need for mental health supports increase. This volunteer position is remote, so all you need is an internet connection.

Community Care Durham

Their Telephone Reassurance Callers are volunteers who phone clients to ensure their wellbeing and just have a chat.

Delivery

In a self-isolating world, we have become increasingly dependent on delivery to protect our health and control our exposure. This is especially true for the most at risk in our community. 

Community Care Durham

With their continuing Meals on Wheels program and new Community Food Box Program, CCD needs volunteers to deliver.

SPARK Ontario

In collaboration with the Governement of Ontario, SPARK has posted volunteer opportunities from non-profit organizations and community response efforts to connect with the thousands of Ontarians who want to help.

Donations

In these unusual times, physical donation protocols will vary between organizations but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to help!

The Nourish & Develop Foundation

At present, we are not accepting phyiscal donations but appreciate monetary donations via etransfer to info@tndf.ca and CanadaHelps.

For more information, please click here

Brock Community Food Bank

At the moment, Brock Community Food Bank in Sunderland and Beaverton are still accepting food donations. 

They can be contacted at (705) 426-1771

Grow, Plant, Share a Row

Plant to grow a row, give a row! growarow.org is a people-helping-people program to assist in feeding the hungry in their own communities. As part of your garden this year, plant and grow an extra row of your favourite veggies and donate the harvest to your local food bank.

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