If you are in need, please access supports within our community for assistance during these unprecedented times. If you are not sure where to start, please call our dedicated COVID-19 City Resource Line at 613-341-2282 and a staff member can help direct you to information and organizations in our community best able to assist you.
If you are in a position to help out during these times, we have put together a list of ways that our community could use your support (click here to jump to that section).
Resources in Brockville for Citizens Needing Support for Food
Brockville and Area Food Bank
In the coming weeks, many of our residents will need help with food. The Brockville foodbank wants you to know that they are there to help you. Whether you are a client or have never used the foodbank, just know if you need food, the foodbank wants to help you and your family. Strict precautions are being taken so you and your loved ones will not get sick, so please come make use of this resource. All you need to start getting food is ID for yourself and your family. The foodbank is also offering HOME DELIVERY for anyone (after you register) with no restrictions. They have the best, most understanding, kind volunteers who are just waiting to help you through this awful time. PLEASE DON'T GO HUNGRY.
The foodbank is located at 58 Buell Street in Brockville and is open 10am-3pm Tuesday–Friday.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes has teamed with the Pier Church Common Ground to provide free takeout meals Monday through Friday for pickup from 1pm-3pm.
Meals can be picked up at 25 Front Ave.
Concerned about shopping for groceries and essentials?
We have put together a reference guide of grocery stores and pharmacies offering pick up and delivery as well as dedicated shopping times for seniors and immune compromised citizens. We also have a list of restaurants that are offing take out or delivery.
Need more assistance? The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau, in partnership with the United Way of Leeds & Grenville and the Rotary Clubs of Brockville and 1000 Islands are offering a volunteer grocery delivery service in Brockville and the surrounding area. This service is for essentials only, and you must have made arrangements in advance to order and pay for your supplies with the retailer.
Those in need of assistance can contact 613-498-2111 ext 226 or ext 376, or email email@example.com to find out more information about this service.
CPHC Senior Services
CPHC staff are available to help deliver frozen meals and pre-packaged essentials to those in need at very reasonable prices. You do not need to be registered to take advantage of these services; they are committed to helping our community in its time of need. Their priority is to assist those who are aged 60+ and their team can be reached at 613-342-3693.
Resources for Families
Every Kid in our Communities has posted online resources to assist parents at this very difficult time. Information about organizations that provide support for children and youth and parents, can be found at http://everykid.on.ca/covid-19-links/. Click on Community Services for a complete list of agencies/organizations who can help.
Family and Children's Services of Lanark Leeds and Grenville can be reached at any time at 1-855-667-2726.
Need other support services?
The United Way of Leeds and Grenville has put together a directory of community resources that range from health and wellness, mental health, community supports, and more. Visit their website for more information.
For assistance in other areas such as Children's Services, Housing, Financial Services and Integrated Program Delivery, please contact the Community and Social Services Division with the United Counties of Leeds Grenville 613-342-3840
Brockville COVID-19 City Resource Line: 613-341-2282
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Provincial Self Assessment Website Tool (please complete a self-assessment online before visiting an assessment centre)
Ontario Ministry of Health
New Ontario Dedicated COVID-19 website
Government of Canada
World Health Organization
During this unprecedented time fundraising and food drives cannot go ahead as usual and demand for service is high. If you are able, please consider donating to these worthy charities.
Brockville Food Bank:
Cheques can be mailed to 58 Buell St., P.O. Box 522, Station Main, Brockville Ontario, K6V 5V7.
Donations can be made through the website, https://operationharvestsharing.wordpress.com/donations/
Theresa Sosnowski, Manger of the Brockville & Area Food Bank, can be reached at 613-342-0605.
Loaves and Fishes:
A cheque can be dropped of 25 Front Ave #1A, Brockville, Ontario between 1:00pm - 3:00pm on any weekday or E-Transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie Prichard, Manager of Loaves and Fishes, can be reached at 613-345-6498.
Brockville General Hospital:
The doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers at Brockville General Hospital need your help! The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This includes hospitals across Canada.
At BGH we have centralized and secured these supplies and equipment, which we monitor daily. We know our current inventory is not adequate for the anticipated influx of patients. In conversations with our suppliers and regional partners, we have no firm timelines for when more will be coming. As a result we are asking for your help.
Please consider donations of any/all PPE including goggles, face shields, Tyvek, masks (particularly N95 masks) to be used by our staff and physicians. For example, any type of industrial facility, mechanical shops, paving companies, veterinarians and construction companies may possibly have a stock of PPE. We will even take expired N95 masks as we can use those for mask-fit texting of our staff and physicians. Our teams have started reaching out to some dental offices and a few other businesses, but as I'm sure you can appreciate, they need to maintain a focus on supporting the clinical activities at this time.
Items which BGH currently uses are:
- Isolation Disposable
- Isolation Disposable XL
- CHEMO Large
- Single Sterile XL
- N95 PARTICLE FM 8110S Small
- N95 3M 1860S Small
- N95 RESP 3M1870 Large Medium
- N95 PARTICLE 3M820 Medium
- N95 RESP L3 3M1860 Regular
- SURG L3 VISOR ANTI-FOG/GLARE
- SURG L2 BLU
- SURG L3 ANTI-FOG
- PRODECURE L2 BLU
- PROCEDURE VISOR L2
- DINOSAUR UNRATED CHILD
- PROCEDURE L1 YEL
Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Anyone willing to donate should email email@example.com to help arrange the logistics.
On behalf of BGH, thank you for your understanding and support during this very difficult time.
Nick Vlacholias, President and CEO & Dr. Rob Nalone, Chief of Staff
United Way of Leeds & Grenville
COVID-19 Relief Fund:
Donate: Leeds & Grenville is a caring community; we’ve shown that together, we are stronger. Through crisis, we take a stand to make sure that no one is left behind and that everyone is taken care of. We rally together for the safety of our families, loved ones, and neighbours. Today, we are calling on you for your compassion, strong sense of community, and urgent support to help individuals affected by COVID-19. We've started a Local Love in a Global Crisis Relief Fund to help aid frontline agencies.
Apply: United Way Leeds & Grenville is committed to the most marginalized in our community and we recognize the increased risk and disadvantage that poverty creates. With this in mind, we will take a phased approach to disbursing the donations received through the Local Love Global Crisis Fund. This application has been designed to address the most pressing needs of those most marginalized (as determined by service providers) and support your efforts to meet immediate and basic needs. These funds will be available to registered charities serving marginalized community members in Leeds & Grenville. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of this public health crisis, and will be reviewed as they are received. Initial applications will focus on response needs within a 3-month time frame.
Emergency Community Support Fund
The United Way of Leeds & Grenville (UWLG) will provide $298,000 in grants to local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of a new partnership with Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada, funded through the Government of Canada's $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. UWLG is accepting funding applications for the ECSF starting May 19, 2020. The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including: community outreach and engagement; delivering or developing new models, tools, programming, services or resources; disseminating information and knowledge; volunteer engagement and recruitment; and more. Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020. Apply here
Funds from the ECSF will also flow though the Brockville & Area Community Foundation with $127,000 to direct towards local charities and qualified doneess supporting vulnerable populations. Click here to view the applicant guide, and click here to apply.
The United Way of Leeds & Grenville and the Brockville and Area Community Foundation will be working collaboratively to review and direct funds locally.
CPHC Senior Services
CPHC staff are available to help deliver frozen meals and pre-packaged essentials to those in need at very reasonable prices. They are also looking for volunteers to help with the program. If you are interested please reach out to their staff at 613-342-3693.
Leeds Grenville COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team
In response to COVID-19, the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau has formed the COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team to safely connect interested volunteers with urgent and upcoming community needs. In the coming days, weeks, and months, our community and our agencies will need the assistance of volunteers.
At this time our primary goal is to assist our most vulnerable to bridge the gap with grocery and essential items pick-up and delivery. If you are intersted in joining our response team, please reach out the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or by calling 613-498-5035.
Must have a current vulnerable sector check within the past 12 months.
Kids Help Phone - Call for Volunteers
In 2018, in partnership with Crisis Text Line, Kids Help Phone launched the first ever 24/7, free, nationwide texting service. Through Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone, young people can chat confidentially with trained, volunteer Crisis Responders.
We are now accepting both English and bilingual (English and French) applications to volunteer. This volunteer position will be remote, meaning that you can participate from anywhere in Canada as long you have a strong, reliable internet connection.
Becoming a Crisis Responder is simple:
Step 1: Fill out the online application, which should take approximately 30 minutes
Step 2: If selected for training, obtain and successfully get a Vulnerable Sector check (don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to do this!)
Step 3: Complete the 36-hour online training
Step 5: Take your first shift and start supporting young people in Canada!
Once we review the applications, we’ll contact everyone we think will be a great fit as a Crisis Responder. If you’re selected, we’ll send you the Crisis Responder Agreement as well as information on background checks and our training.
If this sounds exciting to you, complete the online application to get started.