Local Non-Profits Are Still Working for Our Community – and need our support

Engaging with our community-based organizations is paramount right now for our neighbours who need it most. We will get through this together.

Take a moment to learn how some of our not-for-profit Member organizations are operating through the COVID-19 health crisis, and how you can help.

If you are a non-profit organization and would like to be listed with resources you need or services you’re offering, please email us.

Click here for a list of local businesses that are open to serve you.

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Community Care of West Niagara

In response to the current health crisis, Community Care of West Niagara has adopted appropriate practices when providing service, and accepting donations for the safety of everyone concerned.

CCWN continues to be OPEN Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Clients and CCWN supporters are asked to call before arriving on site, and upon arrival please head to the rear of our building and ring the doorbell.A member of the CCWN staff will be happy to assist you. Financial and food donations are gratefully accepted. Click here to make an online donation. To make a food donation, please call 905-563-5822. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Contact Community Care of West Niagara

Cyber Seniors

Now that Seniors are in an enforced isolation, we need to step up our efforts to enable them to connect with the friends and family they can’t see now that COVID19 precautions are underway everywhere in the country.  We have a network throughout North America and many Tech mentors ready to help seniors through this time and long afterward, as well.

Cyber Seniors is now offering all our services for free, so seniors can register on our website to connect one-on-one with our network of Tech Mentors to help them get started on communication apps. Once that’s done, they can learn tasks like ordering groceries and medications, accessing accurate news or resources (like using their library cards online for e-books, audio books, or video) or just figuring out ways to stay self-sufficient and connected using their own tech devices and the help of our Cyber Seniors mentors.

We are even offering online webinars on a variety of topics, so seniors can choose to learn online with others via Zoom, or one-on-one with their own mentor, whichever they prefer. Links and phone numbers to help you get seniors registered are in the announcement, and on our website at www.cyberseniors.org.

Oh, and by the way, we’re also looking for Senior volunteers who already have the tech skills–you’re very much needed to be peer mentors throughout the Niagara area. All mentorship training fees are waived, and all organizations who wish to sign up their members for our services will find their fees waived as well.

This is a great time for us to work together to reach out to the most isolated seniors and strengthen their connection to their families and communities using the tech skills they’ll need to go forward.

We appreciate all the efforts you can share to keep seniors in Niagara in touch, engaged, self sufficient, and safe.

Read their “Call Out” announcement here.

Contact Cyber Seniors

St. John Ambulance

St. John Ambulance (SJA) is available to assist clients with any needs they have surrounding first aid kits and related supplies as well as Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs.) In Niagara, please reach out to Ken Thomson at 905-685-8964 x203 or ken.thomson@sja.ca for any first aid kit and equipment needs.

In addition, while face-to-face first aid training has been put on hold for the time being, this might be an ideal time for employers and individuals to take advantage of online learning opportunities for personal and professional development. SJA offers 17 online training programs including Infection Control, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG). These certifications can be completed completely online. For information and pricing visit https://lnkd.in/gYmbPpj.

As you know, WSIB and the Ministry of Labour require employers to have an employee on duty at all times in each work area with a valid First Aid certification. SJA offers a blended online learning option allowing students to complete the first half of this training online, only requiring half the time in class. In response to the COVID-19 work interruptions, SJA is allowing students 90 days from the completion of the online portion, to complete their in-class requirements. We are encouraging individuals to use this time to work through the online training and register into one of our future in-class training dates. For more information please call Ken Thomson at 905-685-8964 x203.

Once the COVID-19 related work interruptions are lifted, I am confident Niagara businesses – in every industry – will boom. Meeting these regulated training requirements now, is a great use time so employers and employees are ready and available to work when the time comes.

Contact St John Ambulance

YWCA Niagara Region

A few things we are definitely in need of aside from financial donations include:

  • Food donations – we’ve seen a huge increase in the demand for food in our shelters. We will continue to accept food donations at both King St. and Culp St. locations from 10am-6pm every day. Please call our King St. kitchen staff at 289 273 4352 or our Culp St. kitchen staff at 289 273 0699 in advance so one of our team members can meet you outside to pick-up and thank you for the donation.
  • Sanitizer – we are continually running low on sanitizer for our frontline staff in shelters and our Transitional Housing programs including our West Niagara Affordable Housing program. We will continue to accept sanitizer donations at our King St. emergency shelter where it will be distributed between all of our programs to ensure the safety of our staff and clients. Please call our King St. at 289-273-4308 in advance so one of our team members can meet you outside to pick-up and thank you for the donation.
  • Entertainment – Our guests are trying to do their part by staying in isolation as much as possible. They are always looking for things to positively preoccupy their time. Journal prompt ideas, gratitude practices, meditation recommendations would be extremely helpful, especially those that don’t require internet. Donations of journals/notebooks, arts and crafts would be amazing. Every age group in all of our programs would love an artistic outlet right now.

Contact YWCA Niagara Region

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