As the economy slowly reopens, COVID-19 continues to affect our lives. Its impacts are largely felt among society’s most vulnerable, including seniors, families grappling with poverty, and those at risk of domestic violence. We need to find ways of helping these residents in every community, and Burlington is no exception.
Fortunately, there are steps we can all take to provide support. Donating to the right charitable organizations is one of them. With this small act of kindness, you can make a real difference in the lives of your community members!
Here are a few places to make donations in Burlington during the pandemic…
Many charities that typically accept gently-used clothing, furniture, and other household items stopped doing so when the coronavirus became a concern. Fortunately, that’s starting to change.
Habitat for Humanity’s Burlington ReStore location is taking donations, including (but not limited to) apparel and accessories, toys, and electronics. The drop-off location at 1800 Appleby Line is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Not only that, but the pick-up program has also resumed. You can set up an appointment here.
At a time when many Ontarians are dealing with income loss, food shortages are a concern. Since we’re all being asked to stay home more often, those who are most isolated (including many seniors and people with disabilities) also have less access to groceries.
Local charities that collect and distribute food offer relief for those most in need. The Burlington Food Bank is a great example. You can drop off items at 1254 Plains Rd E, or use the donation bins found in grocery stores and fire stations around the city.
The Aldershot Food Collection Committee also makes donating easy. Every Monday to Wednesday, drive-through and drop-off donations are accepted at St. Matthew’s Church. Head over from noon to 3 p.m. to contribute, and your items will be distributed to the Burlington Food Bank and the Compassion Society.
Last but not least, the Salvation Army is taking food donations at 5040 Mainway. You can bring your non-perishable items to the back door from Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
One of the best ways to give back during the pandemic is by making monetary donations to places that offer support. By providing grants to front-line charities, the Burlington Community Foundation fits the bill. You can learn more about what the organization is doing—and how to donate—here.
Food4Kids and Bag Half Full are both tackling hunger in the community, and every dollar they receive online can help. While the former is currently committed to ensuring that kids are well fed while schools are closed, the latter is dedicated to providing grocery delivery for those who need it.
Halton Women’s Place is a non-profit that assists women who have experienced domestic abuse and their dependent children. From shelter to phone support and outreach, the services this organization provides are critical. With the right precautions, Halton Women’s Place is still operating—and you can help by making a donation.
Last but certainly not least, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation is helping front-line healthcare workers during the pandemic. If you make an online contribution, you’ll be providing support for hospital staff who are caring for those affected by the virus in your community.
Making a Difference
It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a global challenge like the coronavirus. The good news is, there are ways to support those who need it most right in your own backyard.
From gently-used clothing to canned goods to even a modest monetary contribution, you can feel good about providing a donation in Burlington. The difference you make may be bigger than you know!
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