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