COVID-19: Community Building While Social Isolating
This is the time for our community to stay connected - even though that means virtually at this time. If you are looking for help or offering help, here are some opportunities on the North Shore.
COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The West Vancouver Foundation has created a new fund to facilitate grants to charitable organizations serving those affected on the North Shore by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be made based on need and available funding.
The North Shore Neighbourhood House continues to offer foodbank services. Check for updates here.
Harvest Project continues to provide support, via phone, including groceries and rent bank support. Their physical offices are closed. Read more>>
Donate Old Phones/Tablets
- Do you have an unused smart phone or tablet and want to help out? With the library closure many seniors will no longer have access to stay connected. You can donate you devices, after wiping the content, to the West Vancouver Senior's Activity Centre, open daily 10am - 2pm. Please be sure to bring charging cables.
- Call 604-925-7280 with questions.
The West Vancouver Community Centre has setup phone lines and classes online.
- Watch for updates or keep checking here.
General COVID-19 Questions
BC has created a non-medical COVID-19 hotline. If you have questions about things such as social distancing, travel, supports available, etc, call 1-888-268-4319 (7:30 AM to 8:0 PM).
Fresh St Market has special shopping hours for seniors and vulnerable people, Wed & Fri, 7-8:00 AM.
Loblaw City Market is open 6-7:00 AM for seniors only.
Online food delivery services are offered from Doordash, Skip the Dishes, Foodora, Uber Eats, Zomato and many of the local restaurants.
Meals for Seniors
The Seniors' Activity Centre continues to offer take out food service, daily, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Check for updates here.
Meals on Wheels continues to offer their services but do check for updates as they rely on local restaurants and volunteers. Updates here.
North Shore Emergency Management
North Shore Emergency Management is coordinating the response across the North Shore. Visit their site for updates.
During this difficult time, social isolation means connections are more important than ever. We'll add "virtual connected" programs as we hear of them:
- West Van Memorial Library has different options available including downloading books, streaming video and online learning. Click here.
- Lionsview Seniors Planning Society invite you to sing with Erica from Voices in Motion, Tuesdays at 1pm. Click here (not necessary to have a Facebook account).
Virtual Doctor Consultations
Shoppers Drug Mart is offering virtual doctor consultations to all Canadians. Visit their site for information.
Here is more information and also some things others are doing around the world, that may inspire you or brighten your day.
- Vancouverite Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have announced they are donating $1 million to food banks in Canada and the US. Here.
- Many grocery stores are offering early shopping hours for seniors only. Check with your local grocery store.
- Many public places are offering virtual performances, tours, classes and more. Now is a great time to learn about a new hobby or skill.
- If you want to do a COVID-19 self-assessment, here is an online tool, here.
- The Federal Government has announced support for individuals and businesses.
Check back for updates. Last updated March 24, 2020.