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Vancouver-based design studio launches website listing initiatives to keep community connected during COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering

Currently the website features initiatives in Vancouver.

Facebook Group: COVID-19 Coming Together (Vancouver)

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Impromptu group of community members create mutual aid network for Vancouver, through Facebook. The group is intended to share resources, offers support, shows solidarity for healthcare workers and the vulnerable, builds community, and amplify social movements.

The group’s Google Drive of resources and instructions for starting a neighbourhood hub is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZeHnTyGW_W3at_iN9S6H7wgnU8KGeyPG

The group also launches a fundraiser to support vulnerable residents with a survival fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-covid19-coming-together-vancouver

Local organizers and artists in Vancouver create website for solidarity and resource exchange

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

The prototype website connects people offering help and support to people who need it. The website supports mutual aid efforts and resource exchange projects like Mutual Aid for Metro Vancouver and COVID-19 Coming Together.

City of Vancouver shares map of public facilities that remain open and welcoming to all, especially those needing to access washrooms

Housing and homelessness | Policy leadership

The City of Vancouver shared a map of public facilities, including community centres, remain open and welcoming to all, especially those who need access to washrooms.

Caremongering Vancouver

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Vancouver-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Community-sourced COVID-19 Toronto app

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

A collaborative app with information, resources, ideas, and support networks made by a group of Torontonians. Find ways to get help, get assistance, and have fun in the spirit of community.

Toronto-based LGBTQ bookstore sets up emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers

Arts and Culture | Income support | Local businesses

Glad Day (Toronto-based LGBTQ bookstore) sets up emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers. The fund is meant to swiftly help LGBTQ2S people who cannot pay for food, medicine, rent, and necessities because most of their income doesn’t come from an employer.

Caremongering Stouffville

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Stouffville-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Caremongering Saskatoon

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Saskatoon-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Quebec offers free emergency daycare for healthcare workers

Policy leadership

Quebec is providing free emergency daycare services for the preschool and elementary-aged children of healthcare providers and other workers in essential services’ as the province implements measures to contain COVID-19.

Caremongering St-Lazare, Hudson, Rigaud, Vaudreuil

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

St-Lazare, Hudson, Rigaud, Vaudreuil-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Ottawa public transit agency forgoes cash fares in mandating backdoor boarding of buses

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Ottawa’s public transit agency wants all customers to board conventional buses at the rear doors, except for people who need to use the front doors for accessibility purposes, impacting revenue normally received from cash fares. OC Transpo says it won’t be accepting cash or paper transfers since there is no mechanism to accept those fares at the back doors.

City of Toronto offers free childcare for essential workers

Children | Policy leadership

Beginning March 30, City of Toronto will offer free child care on a 24-7 basis for children up to age 12 for any worker deemed essential by the province

Toronto resident creates map showing places in the city that are offering takeout and delivery

Food

Resource for supporting local restaurants in Toronto during COVID-19, showing the places that are offering takeout and delivery.

Small farms and businesses create virtual farmers market

Food | Local businesses

Virtual Farmers Market made up of a dozen small farms & businesses based in the Oak Ridges Moraine offering no-contact home delivery.

Ontario BIA Association shares list of resources for local businesses across Ontario

General: Sector resources | Local businesses

Ontario Nonprofit Network collects information and resources for nonprofits

General: Sector resources

ONN has collected information and resources for nonprofits on the frontline, including communication strategies, business continuity planning, and updates on funding and resources.

Feed Ontario calls for donations of food and cash

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

Feed Ontario calls for donations of food, along with funds to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

2,300 retired, part-time, faculty, and full-time nurses answer call to help with Telehealth wait time

Frontline services | Public health

To deal with the inundation of calls to Ontario’s provincial health line Telehealth, the Registered Nurses of Ontario recently put out a call for help. CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun said within 30 hours, roughly 2,300 nurses volunteered.

Caremongering Northumberland County

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Northumberland County-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Caremongering Niagara

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Niagara-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Local Montreal musician organizes weekly drumming festival on balconies, porches, rooftops

Arts and Culture | Social isolation

The weekly event, organized on Facebook, invites attendees to drum on their balconies/porches/rooftops on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. With enough people drumming, the event reminds you that you are not alone.

Caremongering London

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

London-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Lyle S Hallman Foundation lifts restrictions to grantees

General: Sector resources

Lyle S Hallman Foundation lifted restrictions on current grants and committed to maintaining 2020 funding. Details include:

  • Removing all restrictions on current grants. Any LSHF grant dollars being held toward a specific project or program can now be considered unrestricted. Money can now be used for anything: giving staff paid quarantine days, addressing changes in service demand, paying rent, anything that’s needed. Grantees do not need to advise the Foundation or seek approval first.
  • Providing the maximum flexibility in the timing of reports for the remainder of 2020. Multi-year grant payments will still flow as scheduled, even if the progress report is delayed.
  • Committing to maintaining planned grant levels in competitive funding envelopes through 2020, regardless of the state of the markets.

CareMongering Kingston

General: Online communities and networks

Kingston-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Uber Eats supports restaurant industry during COVID-19

Income support | Local businesses

The company has created a support package to promote “contact-less” delivery from local restaurants, which includes waiving delivery fees, and a daily payout option to assist restaurants with cash flow.

CareMongering Hamilton

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks

Hamilton-based Facebook Group for fostering community, offering support and resources, sharing opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members, and organizing and staying connected to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. The space is also for the redistribution of resources, and for people to post about any needs for support (emotional or physical or otherwise).

Five Guelph social service agencies combine efforts to respond to COVID-19

Frontline services

Royal City Mission, Drop In Centre, Hope House, Wyndham House and the Guelph Community Health Centre announced they will be joining forces to best serve the vulnerable people of Guelph.

City of Guelph offers free public transit to slow spread of COVID-19

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Service changes to Guelph Transit include:

  • cancelling late night bus service for University of Guelph students
  • offering free transit service through April 15, 2020; removing the need for people to come to City Hall to buy/renew bus pass/OnYourWay fare card
  • asking all customers to board and exit the bus using the back doors (rear boarding only). People with accessibility needs can continue to board and exit using the front doors.
  • operating on a Saturday schedule (every 30 minutes) Monday to Saturday, until further notice. No impacts to Sunday service/frequency.

CBC journalist creates list of supports for artists and freelancers during COVID-19

Arts and Culture | General: Sector resources | Income support

The continuously updated list directs artists and freelancers to emergency funding, advocacy groups, online training resources, health and mental health resources, and temporary/remote job opportunities.

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