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During these difficult times, it is important we lift each other up and help where we are able to, while keeping ourselves and our loved ones as safe as possible with social distancing.
A formal thank you to all the health care professional and essential workers making sure that Canadians and citizens abroad have access to the goods and services needed! #thankyou #stayhome
PLEASE NOTE: Ottawa Public Health recommends that anyone volunteering to deliver food and other essential items take precautions to protect their health and the health of those around them. Here are some some recommendations from Ottawa Public Health to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
- Practice social distancing (maintain ideally 2 metres between yourself and others)
- Stay home and do not partake in in-person volunteering if you are sick
What can you do?
If you are seeking somewhere to volunteer – Volunteer Ottawa can help! Whether it’s your first time volunteering or you are a seasoned veteran, they’ve got you covered!
- United Way – Eastern Ontario Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteer Ottawa – Search for Volunteer Opportunities in Ottawa
- Volunteer Canada – Volunteer Recommendations (PDF)
What’s being done!
We want to recognize the volunteers doing great work!
Operation Ramzieh is the brainchild of Addis Mahmoud, owner of the restaurant group DreamMind, which includes Drama, The Waverly, Moscow Tea Room, Happy Fish Raw Bar, and The Hudson. The project is named after his mother, who inspired the idea; Elgin pub The Waverly is its distribution point.
“We originally started off by saying to ourselves ‘let’s see how far we can get,” says DreamMind marketing director Ilon Tyan. Mahmoud kickstarted things by putting in funds and resources equalling $50,000. After reaching out online for volunteers, Tyan could barely keep up with the volunteer registration process, with hundreds signing up to help. Within a day, community donations were coming in, reaching $60,000 by end of day on Thursday, March 19.
Source: Ottawa Magazine
The Ottawa Food Bank was able to give us an update to our very own BTBS team member, Adam Janes!
“Thank you for including us in your podcast, and your wish to spread positive stories at this time. These are the things people need to hear at this time.“
As the Ottawa Food Bank, and food programs across the city, begin to alter operations – to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and clients – they have temporarily moved to a pre-packed hamper model. Over the weekend, Ottawa Food Bank volunteers and staff spent a good portion of the day preparing hampers to provide to the community during the coming week. The Ottawa Food Bank says have been overwhelmingly touched by the number of people reaching out asking “how can I help?”. They send their thanks to the volunteers who came to the Ottawa Food Bank on their Saturday to help pack 2,040 hampers. These are more than hampers – these are signs of hope for people during this uncertain time.
These hampers include recipes, non-perishables, and a bag of perishables that can be used to help families and individuals in need create nutritious meals in the safety of their own home. Thank you to everyone doing their part to ensure our community’s most vulnerable are not going without during this time.