Your community needs your help.
That’s the message coming from the City of New Westminster in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the city launches six working groups designed to help with various aspects of the crisis, it has also issued a call on its website for community members to pitch in and help with efforts to care for at-risk and vulnerable residents.
“Our local faith and non-profit organizations are experiencing a significant decline in donations and reduced volunteerism, and they need our help as they continue to support our most vulnerable community members,” the call for help says. “These organizations are having to respond quickly to the increasing needs of our community, including equipping their sites with extra supplies and adapting programs and services to maintain the health and safety of participants.”
The city notes residents can help with cash donations and/or by volunteering their time.
It also offers up a list of links to some of the city’s social service providers who can use help dealing with the COVID-19 situation.
- Aunt Leah’s Place
- Elizabeth Fry Society
- Fraserside Community Services Society
- Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
- Immigrant Services Society of BC
- Lookout Housing and Health Society
- Lower Mainland Purpose Society
- New Westminster Family Place
- Quest Food Exchange (Burnaby/New Westminster)
- Salvation Army New Westminster
- Seniors Services Society
To keep an eye on everything the city is doing to deal with COVID-19, watch for updates at www.newwestcity.ca.