Some people have reached out to our community league, asking if in what way they can help out those in need. What thoughtfulness during the holiday season–especially given the unforeseen collective challenges of this year!
One of the best ways to help is to volunteer your time or to donate money to already-established charities and organizations that better the community.
This list, though not exhaustive, includes organizations that are accepting help, as well as a list of resources for you or loved ones impacted–in a multitude of ways–by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Mental Health Resources: available to individuals who are seeking help or wanting to talk to someone:
Call 911 if in immediate danger
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Distress line: 780-482-HELP (4357)
Call 211 for information and referrals to connect to social, health and government services
Alberta Health Services Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
Alberta Health Services – Addiction and Mental Health
Community Urgent Services and Stabilization Team: 780-342-7777
Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 780-427-4491
AHS Addictions Helpline: 1-866-332-2322
Financial Aid Resources:
You Can Benefit is an online tool that provides citizens with easy web and mobile access to information on local, municipal, provincial and federal benefits. Check to see if you qualify for any of these benefits. To get started, visit youcanbenefit.edmonton.ca.
You may also wish to sign up to receive information on financial resources and the latest updates on the current COVID-19 municipal, provincial and federal emergency support. To subscribe to the Earn Build and Save newsletter, visit edmonton.ca/financialempowerment.
Edmonton Financial Empowerment Collaborative provides information about resources and supports to help visitors to the site earn, save and build towards a stable and secure financial future.
Will connect you with local charities needing help or donations
For Those Wanting to Help (donating time or resources):
- Edmonton Community Foundation
- Edmonton Food Bank
- Homeward Trust (the Mustard Seed, e4c, Boyle Street Community Services, Bissell Centre, YESS)
- Meals on Wheels
- United Way
- Alberta Cares Connector (for volunteering)
- Reach Edmonton (for financial donations)
Volunteer Connector – COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities
Canada Helps: COVID-19 Charity List – A list of charities fighting COVID-19 across the world
Alberta Non-profit Network (ABNN) COVID-19 Resources – Advocacy and fundraising resources
ECVO COVID-19 Resource Portal – Advocacy and sharing resources
Canada Revenue Agency – Information on donating and charities
Alberta Bits and Pieces Program – equipment, manufacturing, or service provisions to support the public health response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
And in our own community, offering to run errands or pick up groceries for the time being while cohorts are not allowed.
211 Alberta – List of COVID-19 Related Resources is a provincial directory of community, health, social and governmental organizations and services.
Child care during COVID-19: Information on child care closures, and options for essential service workers and home-based child care providers.
Student Learning during COVID-19: Guidelines for continuing K to 12 student learning while in-school classes are cancelled due to COVID-19.
Emergency funding for charities and not-for-profit organizations: emergency funding from the Alberta government as part of the COVID-19 response.
Utility payment deferral: Individuals, families and businesses can defer utility payments until June 19, 2020, to lessen the financial burden associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provincial supports for employers – Includes information on funding and supportive measures for local businesses, employers and employees.
Landlords and Tenants in Alberta: COVID-19 Information for Alberta Landlords and Tenants Rent Payment Plans