With the news coming down the line this week that we're seeing various industries moving back to stage two, this means loss of income, this means loss of employment, this means potential loss of businesses.
These are unfortunately the perfect ingredients to where hardships live.
You can judge a society simply by how they treat the most vulnerable.
If you have lots of time on your hands, here are some great ways to pay it forward and help those people in your community right now, there are several ways you can get involved…….
Volunteer Toronto, a nonprofit agency that supports nonprofits across the city, has set up a response team and invites people to join it. It essentially features an e-blast for anyone who signs up with volunteer opportunities. Learn more at info.volunteertoronto.ca/covid19.
CITY OF TORONTO
The City of Toronto has created a donation portal to bring in products, services and funds to support its COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. Learn more at toronto.ca/covid-19.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels programs are provided by 19 different agencies across Toronto. There's always a need for volunteer drivers, and reports show there's been a spike in clients as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Here's a few of the agencies that run the service.
• Canadian Red Cross – The Toronto Region branch of the national charity operates a Meals on Wheels program in Etobicoke from its office at 557 Dixon Road, Unit 110. Call 416-236-3180.
• Humber Community Seniors' Services – This program serves the former city of York from its Mount Dennis location at 1167 Weston Rd. Call 416-249-7946.
• Lumacare – This organization serves all of North York west of Bathurst Street. Call 416-398-5519.
• Circle of Care – This organization provides a kosher Meals on Wheels program through parts of midtown, North York and up to York Region. Call 416-635-2860.
• WoodGreen Community Services – WoodGreen serves Toronto's east end. Call 416-572-3575.
• Neighbourhood Link Support Services – The organization serves Toronto's east end, including the southwest portion of Scarborough. Call 416-691-7407.
To find other Meals on Wheels agencies in the city, visit www.mealsonwheels.ca
Daily Bread Food Bank – This Etobicoke-based organization supports some 135 agencies across the city providing meal programs or food banks. The organization welcomes 10,000 volunteers per year. Learn more at www.dailybread.ca.
POVERTY AND HOMELESS SUPPORT
The problems of Toronto's poor or homeless populations have not gone away since the outbreak; in fact, they've become worse. You can make a positive difference for them by supporting the agencies that help them.
• Good Shepherd Ministries – The agency based at 412 Queen St. E. has had to change how it operates, including reducing hours and now providing meals to go in a bag. You can help by donating food (check their website for items most needed) or by donating financially (online donations are preferred).
Learn more at www.goodshepherd.ca.
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