naturally some confusion as to which businesses are deemed essential and
which ones are not. The complete official list is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces.
crocuses and scilla are in bloom throughout the Annex. Tulips, daffodils, and
irises are forging ahead. The robins are here. And some residents have been
able to get into their gardens to start the seasonal cleanup.
of Spring are so welcome at a time when we’re forced to walk separately, not
allowed to congregate on our sidewalks or in are parks, keeping our distance
firmly from each other.
But there is
much we can do to help those who are quarantined or unable to get out without
assistance or forced to work long hours keeping essential services
going. Reports in from this week:
Tay Moss writes that the food bank at Church of The Messiah (Corner of Avenue
Road and Dupont) has switched service models and is now pre-packaging food
"hampers" which people can either come to the church to pick up on
Wednesday afternoons OR can be delivered to those who need to stay home
for any reason.
Most of the
guests at the food bank are the “working poor” who often work in service
industry jobs for cash. They rely on the food bank to get through hard weeks,
and there is fear that many will be laid off or otherwise experience
financial distress during this crisis. Many other food programs have had to
close, which is also driving up visits to the church’s food bank.
bank doesn't do any means testing and registering is a simple matter of
getting a name and family size so it can track how many people the service
this new service model has meant unanticipated expenses for the church. There
are many ways you can help to get aid to where it’s needed:
you can contact Rev’d Tay directly and he can facilitate other means of
giving such as checks: email@example.com or 416.922.4371.
outreach has to be on such a grand scale to make a difference. Reva Landau at 95 Prince Arthur notes
that five people in her condominium building have volunteered to help
residents who may not be able to get out for groceries, etc. during the
Covid-19 time. The names and telephone numbers of the volunteers are
posted in the Mail Room.
And our ARA
chair, Rita Bilerman, has a great idea to support high school students
languishing at home with their enforced absence from school. A lot of them
need to accumulate
volunteer hours. That makes them the perfect workforce for
helping out older people and those in isolation. Consequently, the ARA is
willing to sign volunteer hour forms for any high school students willing to
help out now. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org