Link to City of Edmonton Citizen Services Social Development Ormsby and Lymburn Community Centers
Help connect seniors with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. Project Joy is a local initiative looking to collect gently used tech to donate to seniors facilities in Spruce Grove, Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park to help seniors connect with their loved ones through video chat. With physical distancing measures in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19 many seniors in facilities are increasingly isolated.
Project Joy has received many requests and are hoping to reach and help as many seniors as possible. Learn more about their initiative and donate at www.projectjoy.ca. (CTV Edmonton recently wrote about Project Joy, check out their news story.)
This initiative would not be successful without the support of their founding partners RJ Systems and Rapid Boost Marketing, and other community partners. Project Joy has also been very fortunate to have volunteers that are willing to provide their expertise and time.
Check those drawers for unused devices and help get the word out by resharing with others!
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Community Social Worker
Special Edition Newsletter
May 1, 2020 Issue #2
Community Social Workers
The City of Edmonton Community Social Workers are working hard to ensure Edmontonians are connected: to one another; their communities; and local resources. Contact information for members of our team follows. If you know who your local Community Social Worker is, please contact them directly as needed. If you are not sure, please contact 311.
Cheryl Heiland-Chaulk -
Lauri Gilchrist -
Lise Robinson -
Marilyn Mclean-Bourgeois -
Mildred Masimira -
Nicole Magilton -
Nor'Ali McDaniel -
Pat Moffat -
Shona Dick -
Tricia Boonstra -
Veena Khatri -
Managing in Hard Times
Financial Empowerment Newsletter
Food Resource Coordination
Can't Afford Food?
Call Edmonton's Food Bank at 780-425-4190 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30.) They will assess your need, and refer you to a depot near your home. Please don't wait until you run out of food - it can take a few days for the hamper to arrive at the depots. Edmonton's Food Bank has sufficient supplies to meet the need.
The Food Bank partners with 250 organizations. If you have received support from a community agency in the past, now is a good time to re-connect. That agency may be able to assist with emergency food help, your family's specific needs, or with benefit applications. For example, Islamic Family and Social Services supports families needing halal food.
Edmonton's Food Bank
211 has a full list of food and community resources and can guide you to the best resource for your needs. Please click here for more details.
Need a Food Hamper Dispatched?
A collaboration with Edmonton's Food Bank, John Humphrey Centre and Elizabeth Fry Society.
If you are low income AND over 65, immuno-compromised, or a single parent unable to pick up your food hamper, you can apply online for a hamper.
Click on the link below to fill out the form OR if you need help with the form, call 780-421-1175.
Food Hamper Delivery Form
Need help getting a grocery order to your home?
If delivery charges would make a food order unaffordable for you AND you're in isolation at home, there are options for free delivery for low income Edmontonians. Call 211 for the full list or check out three options below.
If you can afford a delivery fee, many local grocery stores have delivery options.
A service for the sick, elderly, self-isolating, and immunocompromised, with limited ability to go out for groceries.
Fresh Routes Edmonton
Delivery for those in isolation or emergency situations. Please pay if you are able. If you are unable to pay there are a limited number of donated boxes.
Men in Kilts
Grocery delivery focussed on those who cannot leave their home and do not have any other help with food access.
Information for Seniors
Senior organizations are working together to meet seniors' food and essential needs during this time. Call 211 for a full list of resources, including information on food hampers, meals, and grocery delivery services for seniors, including free options for seniors needing that help.
Edmonton Meals on Wheels, in collaboration with the Age Friendly Edmonton initiative and other senior and cultural organizations, is addressing an identified need in Edmonton’s vulnerable community. Essential toiletries, such as toilet tissue and hand soap may be hard to come by at the grocery store. This difficulty is often compounded for isolated individuals, those with limited community support, illness, frailty or mobility challenges.
The goal is to collect, assemble and deliver 1000 Donated Essential Toiletry Kits to be distributed to those in need.
Referrals to this project can be made to the outreach or home support program at participating senior centres or directly to Edmonton Meals on Wheels by calling 780-429-2020 or by email at email@example.com
For more information, check out Meals on Wheels' website.
Meals on Wheels
Agency Update: Food Coordination in Edmonton
Organizations wanting to assist with food access are encouraged to contact the Edmonton Food Bank's administration number at 780-425-2133 (ask for Judy) and explore options for supporting Edmontonians.
Community Social Workers are working with many Edmonton organizations involved in helping Edmontonians access food during the COVID-19 crisis. Their goal is to ensure that food responses are coordinated, so that Edmontonians are not going hungry. If your organization is involved in food access and you are not connected to the Edmonton Community Coordination of Food Resources, please contact Sarah Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to help?
Consider making a donation to, or volunteering at, an organization of your choice.
Volunteer needs are changing almost daily, so you may want to check in on a regular basis with an organization of your choice.
Managing In Hard Times
We are all very aware of the numerous job losses and other changes that have accompanied COVID-19. Numerous people are facing huge financial changes in their lives. Money Mentors is an Alberta organization working on money concerns of all types. They have resources on their website that can help with the current financial circumstances people are finding themselves in. From financial questions to budgeting courses and tips.
Money Mentors Website
MOMENTUM is a Calgary based agency that shares financial planning information and provides employment help. They have developed a number of webinars to support people during this time, including information on how to access government benefits.
WECAN uses bulk buying power to provide its members with an order of meat and fresh produce at a reduced cost. You pay for the order the first week of the month, and pick up on the third week of the month - it is designed to help you when you're running low. Memberships are $5.00. For more information, visit their website.
Community gardens are a source of food security, support wellness, and promote a sense of neighbourly connection. In order to operate community gardens, support neighbourhoods, and stay safe during COVID-19, the City has instituted community garden requirements and guidelines. These requirements and guidelines apply to permanent and temporary community gardens located in open spaces, including those on parkland, right-of-way, community league licensed land, as well as private land leased by the City.
Edmonton - Community Gardens
Leanne Brown offers her cookbook Good and Cheap as a free PDF online.
Good and Cheap Cookbook
Telus has created a recipe book for the Edmonton Food Bank, Easy Recipes that Warm the Heart.
Easy Recipes that Warm the Heart
Recipes in each of these cookbooks are simple recipes with simple ingredients. Many ingredients are items commonly received in hampers from The Edmonton Food Bank.
211 Alberta has compiled resource lists to support people in finding accurate information during COVID-19.
Many services are changing rapidly in response to COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information 211 Alberta has, please check the 211 Alberta - Resources for Covid-19 in Alberta, as their regular website search tool may not accurately reflect services at this time. (For local resources, ensure you select the Edmonton and Area sheet.)
You can also reach out to 211 by phone, text or chat: dial 2-1-1, text INFO to 211 or visit www.ab.211.ca and click “live chat.” Translation services are available.
If you are a community partner in the Edmonton area and are modifying your services during the pandemic, please email email@example.com to keep your information up to date.
Seeking Community Updates
The Community Social Workers would like to hear from you. Please let us know about community experiences people are expressing. We want to know if there are gaps and difficulties for people that could be addressed at a community level. Please contact the Community Social Worker you normally connect with (listed at the beginning of the newsletter), or call 311 for the appropriate contact.
Financial Empowerment Newsletter
The City of Edmonton compiles a regular electronic newsletter called Earn, Save, Build. Due to COVID-19, the newsletter reflects the current emergency supports being provided by the Federal, Provincial, Municipal and private sectors and other related financial information.
Issue #12 Released April 30
Subscribe on City's Website
City of Edmonton COVID-19 Information
Province of Alberta Information
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services - Translated Resources
Government of Canada Information
Food Resource Coordination
Edmonton Community Coordination of Food Resources
The following organizations have been coordinating food efforts in Edmonton and/or providing the information contained in this newsletter. Thank you to these community service organizations who are working to make food accessible to Edmontonians during this crisis.
Edmonton's Food Bank
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Bigs Sisters of Edmonton & Area
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
Jasper Place Wellness Centre/Food4Good
Multicultural Family Resource Society
C5/North East Community Hub
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizaitons
The Family Centre
Meals on Wheels
Multicultural Health Brokers
Alberta Health Services
Elizabeth Fry Society
Age Friendly Edmonton
Arts on the Ave
Action for Healthy Communities
Islamic Family and Social Services Association
John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights
University of Alberta
WECAN Food Basket Society
North East Seniors Association
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
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Unpack N’ Play Facebook Page is now offering their program online.
They are free and everyone is welcome to access them!
Unpack N’ Play. We are doing Unpack N’ Play sessions online. No registration is needed. Videos are posted on Unpack N’ Play Facebook page on a weekly basis (on Wednesdays). A new video was posted today, April 29th. This video and previously posted videos can be watched anytime.
Parenting Workshops are delivered through Zoom application, on Fridays, details are on Unpack N’ Play Facebook page. If families use a phone or tablet they will need to download Zoom app, if they are using a computer no download needed. All they need to do to participate is click on a link, a link to join a workshop is posted a day before the workshop. They can disable/mute camera and microphone depending on their preferences. Next upcoming workshop is on May 1st “Kids Have Stress Too”, Part 2. Time is 1-2pm, but time might change to suit families’ needs/schedule/routine better.
Unpack N’ Play Facebook Page link
Living Local: EFCL E-News
North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society
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