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Ontario Coming Together to Help Those in Need During COVID-19

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Ontario Coming Together to Help Those in Need During COVID-19

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Ontario is helping to connect community organizations with volunteers the province needs to serve seniors, people with disabilities and others in need of assistance while they self-isolate during COVID-19.

By working with both SPARK Ontario and 211 we can get help to those who need it most.

More about SPARK Ontario:

  • SPARK Ontario is an online platform that connects people who want to volunteer with organizations that have the infrastructure in place to help others during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Not-for-profit organizations interested in running (or have existing) programs to support the response to COVID-19 are encouraged to visit www.sparkontario.ca and post volunteer opportunities so that potential volunteers can be put to work quickly.
  • Ontarians interested in volunteering are also encouraged to visit the website for opportunities in their communities.
  • Both the Ontario government and Ontario Public Health officials have issued strict guidelines in response to COVID-19. SPARK Ontario requires all organizations and volunteers to follow those guidelines and maintain physical/social distance.

More about 211:

  • 211's telephone helpline and website provide a gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and related government services.
  • The service helps to navigate the network of human services more easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 150 languages.
  • 211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthens Canada's health and human services, and helps Canadians to become more engaged with their communities.
  • If someone is currently in need of help while they self isolate, they can call 211 or 1-877-330-3213 (toll-free). TTY service is also available at 1-888-340-1001, or they can visit www.211ontario.ca

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