Coronavirus: community service updates for Hamilton

Community Apr 20, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

Last updated on April 20 at 11:10 a.m. Please note: While we endeavour to ensure that all the information below is correct, some of it may have changed since it was first published. Please email Laura Lennie

While many businesses and services have been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, social service agencies still need to keep working to help those in our communities who need it. To ensure that readers are kept up-to-date with any changes in local services we've brought together updates from groups and agencies across our communities. We'll also be profiling the work that these selfless souls are doing on our behalf and discussing some of the trends they are starting to notice.

Ancaster Community Services and Dundas Community Services

Ancaster Community Services and Dundas Community Services' Meals on Wheels programs have been altered after a staff member at Wentworth Lodge, the long-term-care facility where the meals are prepared, tested positive for COVID-19. Ancaster Community Services executive director Melanie Barlow said the organization already made arrangements with a local secondary meal provider in order to continue the service beginning Tuesday, April 7. Frozen meals were provided on Monday. Dundas Community Services' Meals on Wheels program has been suspended following the news. The announcement was posted on the organization's Facebook page April 7. It has introduced a frozen meal program to its clients.

Dundas Salvation Army food bank

The Dundas Salvation Army food bank continues supporting clients, with a recent operational change in response to COVID-19 concerns. Karen Sobierajski, program manager of the Dundas Salvation Army, said the food bank was letting clients do their own shopping at the John Street and King Street West food bank, but in order to remain open changed to curbside pickup only.

Dundas Routes Youth Centre supporting young people during coronavirus

Routes Youth Centre continues engaging local youth with original ways of delivering programs while its bricks and mortar home is closed due to coronavirus.  The centre maintains an online presence on Instagram and Facebook. Any youth can join weekly challenges, shared on social media. The challenges cover a variety of topics including exercise, music, art and dance. 

Emergency funding coming for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank on Hamilton Mountain to deal with coronavirus crunch

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre is getting a big boost from Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) and the Hamilton Community Foundation. CFCC has committed $100,000 to the Athens Street food bank, as part of its emergency funding for food centres during the coronavirus pandemic, while the foundation has given the food bank $20,000. "We are thrilled to receive it," said centre executive director Denise Arkell. "It will be used for the purchase of food and food operations."

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank on Hamilton Mountain moves to curbside service

With all their volunteers sent home until further notice, staff at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre are keeping the food bank open. Teams are dividing their duties between the food bank (where they work in separate areas) and working from home on alternate weeks. "As of this week it's a curbside pickup," said Robyn Knickle, director of development at the Athens Street Centre.

Hamilton's Cancer Assistance Program changes service model

Their doors may be closed but the Cancer Assistance Program on Concession Street is still helping patients in Hamilton. "This week we are going to launch a new drive-to-deliver program," said program executive director Debbie Logel Butler. Eight volunteers split into two teams and working from home will be calling - on Mondays and Tuesdays - program registered clients to see how they are managing and more. 

Hamilton-Burlington SPCA grappling with Coronavirus precautions

For those needing the services of the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, services have been greatly reduced. “We will be open to adoptions, urgent surrenders and end-of-life-care by appointment only,” said Hamilton-Burlington SPCA chief executive officer Marion Emo.

United Way Halton and Hamilton creates coronavirus Emergency Fund

United Way Halton and Hamilton has created a coronavirus Emergency Fund to rally support for the most vulnerable. The fund has been established to back the work of frontline agencies in the community that have been directly affected by COVID-19 and the supports that they provide. "By giving through United Way Halton & Hamilton, you can be sure your generosity gets to where it is needed most," president and CEO Brad Park said. 

If you'd like to find ways to help others during the coronavirus crisis, we have some suggestions

Coronavirus: community service updates for Ancaster, Dundas, Hamilton Mountain, Stoney Creek

Community Apr 20, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

Last updated on April 20 at 11:10 a.m. Please note: While we endeavour to ensure that all the information below is correct, some of it may have changed since it was first published. Please email Laura Lennie

While many businesses and services have been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, social service agencies still need to keep working to help those in our communities who need it. To ensure that readers are kept up-to-date with any changes in local services we've brought together updates from groups and agencies across our communities. We'll also be profiling the work that these selfless souls are doing on our behalf and discussing some of the trends they are starting to notice.

Ancaster Community Services and Dundas Community Services

Ancaster Community Services and Dundas Community Services' Meals on Wheels programs have been altered after a staff member at Wentworth Lodge, the long-term-care facility where the meals are prepared, tested positive for COVID-19. Ancaster Community Services executive director Melanie Barlow said the organization already made arrangements with a local secondary meal provider in order to continue the service beginning Tuesday, April 7. Frozen meals were provided on Monday. Dundas Community Services' Meals on Wheels program has been suspended following the news. The announcement was posted on the organization's Facebook page April 7. It has introduced a frozen meal program to its clients.

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Dundas Salvation Army food bank

The Dundas Salvation Army food bank continues supporting clients, with a recent operational change in response to COVID-19 concerns. Karen Sobierajski, program manager of the Dundas Salvation Army, said the food bank was letting clients do their own shopping at the John Street and King Street West food bank, but in order to remain open changed to curbside pickup only.

Dundas Routes Youth Centre supporting young people during coronavirus

Routes Youth Centre continues engaging local youth with original ways of delivering programs while its bricks and mortar home is closed due to coronavirus.  The centre maintains an online presence on Instagram and Facebook. Any youth can join weekly challenges, shared on social media. The challenges cover a variety of topics including exercise, music, art and dance. 

Emergency funding coming for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank on Hamilton Mountain to deal with coronavirus crunch

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre is getting a big boost from Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) and the Hamilton Community Foundation. CFCC has committed $100,000 to the Athens Street food bank, as part of its emergency funding for food centres during the coronavirus pandemic, while the foundation has given the food bank $20,000. "We are thrilled to receive it," said centre executive director Denise Arkell. "It will be used for the purchase of food and food operations."

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank on Hamilton Mountain moves to curbside service

With all their volunteers sent home until further notice, staff at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre are keeping the food bank open. Teams are dividing their duties between the food bank (where they work in separate areas) and working from home on alternate weeks. "As of this week it's a curbside pickup," said Robyn Knickle, director of development at the Athens Street Centre.

Hamilton's Cancer Assistance Program changes service model

Their doors may be closed but the Cancer Assistance Program on Concession Street is still helping patients in Hamilton. "This week we are going to launch a new drive-to-deliver program," said program executive director Debbie Logel Butler. Eight volunteers split into two teams and working from home will be calling - on Mondays and Tuesdays - program registered clients to see how they are managing and more. 

Hamilton-Burlington SPCA grappling with Coronavirus precautions

For those needing the services of the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, services have been greatly reduced. “We will be open to adoptions, urgent surrenders and end-of-life-care by appointment only,” said Hamilton-Burlington SPCA chief executive officer Marion Emo.

United Way Halton and Hamilton creates coronavirus Emergency Fund

United Way Halton and Hamilton has created a coronavirus Emergency Fund to rally support for the most vulnerable. The fund has been established to back the work of frontline agencies in the community that have been directly affected by COVID-19 and the supports that they provide. "By giving through United Way Halton & Hamilton, you can be sure your generosity gets to where it is needed most," president and CEO Brad Park said. 

If you'd like to find ways to help others during the coronavirus crisis, we have some suggestions

Coronavirus: community service updates for Ancaster, Dundas, Hamilton Mountain, Stoney Creek

Community Apr 20, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

Last updated on April 20 at 11:10 a.m. Please note: While we endeavour to ensure that all the information below is correct, some of it may have changed since it was first published. Please email Laura Lennie

While many businesses and services have been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, social service agencies still need to keep working to help those in our communities who need it. To ensure that readers are kept up-to-date with any changes in local services we've brought together updates from groups and agencies across our communities. We'll also be profiling the work that these selfless souls are doing on our behalf and discussing some of the trends they are starting to notice.

Ancaster Community Services and Dundas Community Services

Ancaster Community Services and Dundas Community Services' Meals on Wheels programs have been altered after a staff member at Wentworth Lodge, the long-term-care facility where the meals are prepared, tested positive for COVID-19. Ancaster Community Services executive director Melanie Barlow said the organization already made arrangements with a local secondary meal provider in order to continue the service beginning Tuesday, April 7. Frozen meals were provided on Monday. Dundas Community Services' Meals on Wheels program has been suspended following the news. The announcement was posted on the organization's Facebook page April 7. It has introduced a frozen meal program to its clients.

Related Content

Dundas Salvation Army food bank

The Dundas Salvation Army food bank continues supporting clients, with a recent operational change in response to COVID-19 concerns. Karen Sobierajski, program manager of the Dundas Salvation Army, said the food bank was letting clients do their own shopping at the John Street and King Street West food bank, but in order to remain open changed to curbside pickup only.

Dundas Routes Youth Centre supporting young people during coronavirus

Routes Youth Centre continues engaging local youth with original ways of delivering programs while its bricks and mortar home is closed due to coronavirus.  The centre maintains an online presence on Instagram and Facebook. Any youth can join weekly challenges, shared on social media. The challenges cover a variety of topics including exercise, music, art and dance. 

Emergency funding coming for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank on Hamilton Mountain to deal with coronavirus crunch

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre is getting a big boost from Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) and the Hamilton Community Foundation. CFCC has committed $100,000 to the Athens Street food bank, as part of its emergency funding for food centres during the coronavirus pandemic, while the foundation has given the food bank $20,000. "We are thrilled to receive it," said centre executive director Denise Arkell. "It will be used for the purchase of food and food operations."

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre food bank on Hamilton Mountain moves to curbside service

With all their volunteers sent home until further notice, staff at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre are keeping the food bank open. Teams are dividing their duties between the food bank (where they work in separate areas) and working from home on alternate weeks. "As of this week it's a curbside pickup," said Robyn Knickle, director of development at the Athens Street Centre.

Hamilton's Cancer Assistance Program changes service model

Their doors may be closed but the Cancer Assistance Program on Concession Street is still helping patients in Hamilton. "This week we are going to launch a new drive-to-deliver program," said program executive director Debbie Logel Butler. Eight volunteers split into two teams and working from home will be calling - on Mondays and Tuesdays - program registered clients to see how they are managing and more. 

Hamilton-Burlington SPCA grappling with Coronavirus precautions

For those needing the services of the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, services have been greatly reduced. “We will be open to adoptions, urgent surrenders and end-of-life-care by appointment only,” said Hamilton-Burlington SPCA chief executive officer Marion Emo.

United Way Halton and Hamilton creates coronavirus Emergency Fund

United Way Halton and Hamilton has created a coronavirus Emergency Fund to rally support for the most vulnerable. The fund has been established to back the work of frontline agencies in the community that have been directly affected by COVID-19 and the supports that they provide. "By giving through United Way Halton & Hamilton, you can be sure your generosity gets to where it is needed most," president and CEO Brad Park said. 

If you'd like to find ways to help others during the coronavirus crisis, we have some suggestions