Spotlight 2020: Existing support networks shine during pandemic
The pandemic shone a spotlight on a number of existing community networks that were quietly doing a lot of good work behind the scenes and became invaluable during the health crisis.
Shortly after news of the lockdown was announced, our phones started ringing with people asking what they could do to help others in the community who were laid off, feeling isolated and scared, and the vulnerable, who may not be able to access the services they rely on.
Right away, people offered to donate money and volunteered to make phone calls.
It became obvious that the local church communities already had networks in place that could accept donations and make sure anyone who needed assistance knew who to ask.
Lorna May at St. Luke’s and Clayton Culham at Clearview Community Church became the go-to people for anyone wanting to offer assistance. Donations were funnelled through them, and a vegetable program partnership was formed through the Big Heart Food Box.
The Clearview-Stayner Food Bank also shone as an existing service that kicked into high gear. The Township of Clearview funnelled some of its COVID-19 emergency assistance funds through the food bank to make sure that people were getting the support they needed.
The value of existing community assistance networks was emphasized by the global health crisis. It is for this reason that we recognize the people who have worked for years to support those who need it, making it much easier to increase assistance when needed most.
As we head into another lockdown, please consider donating to the Clearview-Stayner Food Bank, St. Luke’s Anglican Church’s benevolent fund, St. John’s emergency relief account or Clearview Community Church.