Vaccinating Black Toronto: pop-up clinic of the Black Health Vaccine Initiative, a collaboration between the Black Physicians Association of Ontario (BPAO) and a number of local organizations servicing the GTA’s Black community

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

The outsized impact of COVID-19, married with lower rates of vaccination in the Black community, mean that it has been much more difficult to manage the spread of the disease within a population that is already marginalized. Saturday’s event was an amalgamation of information session and vaccination clinic, and by the end of the weekend, the group had administered 2,231 doses. While planning for more pop-up clinics, the BPAO is continuing to run a standing vaccination clinic in partnership with Taibu Community Health Centre in Scarborough and other community allies. BPAO physicians have successfully vaccinated about 250 people per day at that location, coming up to a total of about 2,350 vaccinations before last weekend’s event at the JCA.

Red Cross in PEI are looking for volunteers to help out with testing and vaccinations, contact tracing & other jobs

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

The Good Neighbour Project now boasts some 6,000 volunteers from a host of diverse backgrounds, speaking more than 30 languages, with chapters in Toronto, London and Ottawa.

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Online communities and networks | Seniors

Those who need assistance accessing groceries, essential supplies and medication are connected via the Good Neighbour Hotline with a person who is able to purchase and deliver the items. The person making the request pays only for the cost of the groceries as delivery is free.

Over 200 Queen’s University medical students volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Kingston

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

Kingston Health Sciences Centre was alerted that they would be getting a large amount of vaccines that needed to be distributed quickly.

In Manitoba, people with health expertise are being recruited to volunteer as clinic managers, post-immunization observers and immunizers

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

Jobs have been posted online seeking physicians, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals including pharmacists and veterinarians. The postings are also open to former providers and students studying to become a health professional as long as they’ve completed the immunization portion of their training.

Training for eligible professionals surrounding the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccine is being provided through Red River College. The training takes eight hours which includes five hours of online theory and three hours of lab time.

People assigned to work in immunization clinics are in one of the priority groups to get the vaccine.

The Rotary Club of Haliburton is looking for volunteers to help vaccination clinics operate smoothly and efficiently.

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives

Beginning Monday, April 12 the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit [HKPRDHU] will run clinics three times per week in Haliburton – on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. These clinics have been scheduled until mid-June and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While the on-site medical staff will be provided and scheduled by public health, there is still a “great need” for community volunteers to assist with tasks such as screening patients, escorting patients to their seats, cleaning and dismissing people after they have been given their vaccination.

Niagara Region Public Health thanks the 293 volunteers who have signed up to assist with COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives | Public health

The ability to run all of our mass immunization clinics across the region would not be possible without the help of all of our incredible volunteers, between the ages of 18 and 72, who have already put in over 2,000 hours at the clinics.

Since the first Public Health clinic opened in Niagara Falls on Mar. 18, volunteers have been greeting clients, helping them navigate through the clinic space, and going above and beyond to help ensure the clinics are run as smoothly as possible.

Peel Region is looking for volunteers to help with vaccination clinics, telephone companion programs and other initiatives

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives | Seniors | Social isolation

Mass vaccination clinic support: Volunteers can play a part in ending the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting vaccination clinics for the public. Volunteers provide non-clinical support at various clinic locations in Peel. If you’re a people person and are ready to work in a fast-paced clinic environment, this may be the role for you.

Telephone companion programs. As part of the Peel Region’s COVID-19 response efforts we’re seeking volunteers to assist our seniors in the community to ensure they receive the support they need. Show your passion for helping your community during this difficult time by volunteering as a telephone companion.


Every One Every day provides space, platform & resources to share project or business ideas to make their neighbourhood better.

Arts and Culture | General: Online communities and networks | General: Sector resources | General: Tools for engagement | Main Street | Street activation

Every One Every Day builds on the ‘hands on’ projects that people have been creating over the last few years in their own neighbourhoods. These types of projects welcome people from all walks of life.

• Sharing skills, spaces and resources.• Families working and playing more together. • Batch cooking and community meals. • Food growing and tree planting. • Trading, making and repairing.

The team will make things very simple – including:

  • Find you useful spaces for the projects (kitchens, workshops storage spaces etc.)

  • Supplying materials and equipment for practical activities – no form filling for grants.

  • By arranging insurances and health and safety.

  • Holding festivals, workshops and business programmes.

Inside Ajax newsletter profiles various COVID19 community initiatives

Arts and Culture | Children | Food | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Online communities and networks | Seniors | Social isolation

This edition includes profiles of At Home with Ajax Council FB Live Series; COVID-19 Window Project; Stay Home Ajax #SupportLocal; Ajax Library: Meet Flipster; “Community to Table” Food Box; Friendly Call Program for Seniors; and Ajax Hygiene Hub.

Platform for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to maintain (metaphorical) close ties with their communities during physical distancing

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | General: Tools for engagement | Seniors | Social isolation

A community-built website, features a network of neighbours organizing to check on and take care of each other by telephone, text, email, doorstep deliveries, etc. Also includes tools for starting pods.

Canada’s largest Muslim youth group offering help for seniors and vulnerable residents during COVID-19 pandemic

Children | Food | General: Online communities and networks

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association announced a nationwide Neighbourhood Helper campaign, with Muslim youth offering services to Canadians who need assistance with picking up groceries and filling prescriptions. The group says volunteers will also be there to provide overall moral support.

#StandApartTogether campaign in Newmarket shines a bright light on town in the midst of COVID-19

Mental health | Policy leadership

Ten “Community Positivity Ambassadors” have been appointed and tasked with spreading positivity by using social media to share stories of “Newmarket’s bright side” and perseverance.

Medical students supporting community health and accessibility in Edmonton and Victoria

Children | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Online communities and networks

Bag Half Full was started by University of Alberta medical students and is expanding, most recently to UBC Victoria. Services include shopping and delivering groceries and household items for the elderly and people who are immunocompromised.

University of Chicago providing emergency support to address immediate needs of South Side local residents, businesses, and nonprofits

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

Through UChicago’s Partnering for Community Impact initiative, support will come through three main programs: preparing and delivering meals to South Side residents; supporting South Side businesses and their employees; and supporting South Side nonprofit organizations and the vulnerable populations they serve. The programs will help address the urgent food security needs on the South Side, as well as begin to bridge the financial and resource gap for local businesses and community-based nonprofits.

Together Apart initiative directs community members to local businesses to support

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | General: Online communities and networks | Local businesses | Seniors | Social isolation

With many businesses around the National Capital region temporarily shut down or re-imagining their offerings due to COVID-19, this site is a resource for residents to find local spots to order from and support.

Community building stories and ideas sent in by Tamarack Institute members

Arts and Culture | Children | Social isolation

Stories include: How Cochrane AB is fostering community through technology; Virtual Storytimes in Woodstock, ON; Edmonton, Alberta is staying connected with community postcards; Waterloo ON’s window walks; and Hamilton’s caremongering supports

Volunteers help people in Toronto by bike

Fundraising and volunteering | Mobility and transportation | Social isolation

The Toronto Bike Brigade calls for volunteer bicycle riders in Toronto to help deliver goods to people unable to leave their homes

Coordinated effort launched to prevent spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Frontline services | Housing and homelessness | Public health

The DTES Response aims to activate community networks to create a stop-gap plan for the urgent needs of the most vulnerable. Right now, the group is mobilizing resources and coordinating operations.

Community program paying off during COVID-19 crisis

Fundraising and volunteering | Seniors | Social isolation

Abundant Community Edmonton is a grassroots initiative fostering neighbour to neighbour relationships. The goal is to cultivate a culture of care and connection, increased sense of belonging and inclusion, and create a more healthy and livable city – one block at a time. Set up pre-COVID, these groups are now mobilizing to provide support to vulnerable residents.

Schulich Medical students are offering free childcare, errands and other volunteer services to health care practitioners across the London region

Fundraising and volunteering

Student volunteers will be matched with a single family to minimize their contact, and only those with childcare experience can provide childcare.

Schulich Medicine and Dentistry students helping a local effort to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to primary care teams across the London region

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

Co-ordinated by the London Middlesex Primary Care Alliance, a group of primary care providers, the grassroots initiative works with individuals and businesses, such as veterinary clinics, podiatrists and spas, to collect and donate unused supplies. As many businesses are closed or offering limited services during the pandemic, organizers say this is a practical way to address the shortage for frontline workers. Third-year medical students are part of the organizing team, collecting PPE equipment from community donors, creating an inventory of the supplies and helping to deliver them based on the need among local primary care teams.

University of Ottawa medical students are mobilizing to help solicit personal protective equipment to keep front-line workers safe

Frontline services

Students are reaching out to businesses, vendors, and industry partners who may have PPE available to donate to our hospitals and front-line healthcare professionals.

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.

Alberta Nonprofit Network provides resources for nonprofits

General: Sector resources

Alberta Nonprofit Network has partnered with the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) and FuseSocial to be resource hubs for COVID-19 information. Check out their website for: resources for workplaces; community/sub-sector specific resources; and Alberta-specific FAQs.

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