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March 18 Bulletin

18 Mar 2020 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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. 

  • Those who are facing self isolation will need support with basic groceries and supplies.
  • Those with young children at home will need help in order to run outside errands.
  • Many of those who are alone or in vulnerable risk groups need to be checked on.

Individual Initiatives

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.

Terri says there are two critical needs right now:

  • Reaching out to those who might not be online to make sure they get the help they need.
  • Supporting 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.

Send your reports to aracares@theara.org and we’ll post them in the coming days.

City-Wide Initiatives

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!

  • Good Neighbour Project on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoodNeighbourProject/
  • Friendly 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
  • The 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.

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