The Annex Responds to COVID-19
Even as we are
all encouraged to practice social distancing, there has never been a more
urgent need for us to come together as a community.
who are facing self isolation will need support with basic groceries and
with young children at home will need help in order to run outside errands.
of those who are alone or in vulnerable risk groups need to be checked on.
Already we have
witnessed extraordinary gestures as neighbours have reached out to help neighbours.
Terri Chu on Albany, for example, has
distributed flyers on her street urging those who need assistance to contact
her. As Terri says, “If I can’t do it myself, I will put you in touch with
someone who can.” And already she has heard from twenty people who have
volunteered to lend a hand.
there are two critical needs right now:
out to those who might not be online to make sure they get the help they need.
all those health care workers who live in our community and work in hospitals.
We want to be able to support them as they put their own health at risk.
Celebrating Acts of Kindness
We know that
there are many more acts of kindness to applaud out there. Please let us know
if you have been the recipient of such thoughtfulness or have witnessed
neighbours helping neighbours. Are there examples of apartment dwellers coming
together? Are there movements to shop locally in order to help the small
businesses in our community?
We’d love to celebrate
this generous spirit in our Annex neighbourhood.
reports to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them in the coming days.
Residents can also take advantage of and/or support the
following city-wide initiatives. We’re all in this together – and together we
can make it through!
Neighbour Project on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoodNeighbourProject/
Neighbour Hotline - a single phone number that seniors needing assistance can
call. It's connected to a network of
volunteers throughout the city who can help with picking up essentials during
this difficult time. http://uhnopenlab.ca/project/hotline
City’s website will continue to be updated regularly as new information becomes
available, and residents are encouraged to check back often for the latest
information on programs and services. Visit https://www.toronto.ca/covid19
for Toronto Public Health info. Check
the FAQ first before you phone 311.