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