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Community grant aids support to Arabic immigrants and refugees during COVID-19

Using funds provided by the Canadian Red Cross to help non-profits provide frontline services during COVID-19, ICS has organized food box distributions in cities across Ontario. The organization will reach 2,000 people, including the Kharfan family who received a food box during the first distribution in London. Hear their story:

Adapting the Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety program for COVID-19

When Lesley-Anne Morley took on leadership of the Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety program for the Canadian Red Cross in 2014, she never imagined that, years later, she would be adapting the program for a global pandemic.

Using video to address domestic violence in Newfoundland - Labrador

Content note: This story contains discussions on domestic violence that may be upsetting to some.
Elizabeth (not her real name) is a survivor. Of emotional, mental, and physical abuse. By her former boyfriend. It’s people in situations like Elizabeth’s that “Violence Prevention Avalon East” in Newfoundland and Labrador is trying to reach. An alliance of community and government agencies, it is dedicated to ending violence in homes and communities.

Adapt Your Emergency Kit to the ‘New Normal’

Over the years, preparing for cuts, fractures and other emergencies hasn’t seen much change. However, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has us looking at response in a new light. By adding a few extra supplies to your emergency kit, you can safely respond during an emergency.
 

Wilson Restrepo, medical specialist and leader of a Red Cross team deployed in a long-term care facility

The Canadian Red Cross has been mandated by the government to provide vital support to long-term care facilities (CHSLDs). The organization has been hard at work to recruit a humanitarian force, which now counts Wilson Restrepo among its ranks. Here’s his story.
 

Quarantine to volunteer: One Saskatoon man’s story

From sailing across the Pacific Ocean to isolation at a Canadian military base for two weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken Al Stickney of Saskatoon on a strange journey that ended with a new volunteer position with the Canadian Red Cross.

Using my international Red Cross experience at home for the COVID-19 response

Since well before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Canadian Red Cross has been present in countries aroundthe world, working with local Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to strengthen their response to natural disasters and health emergencies. However, with the arrival of COVID-19, 2020 has become an unprecedented year and has led to a shift in our work from an international to a more domestic focus. 

Community grant helps centre for young immigrants stay open during COVID-19

The Francophone Association of Brooks is working hard to continue programming amidst the pandemic, thanks to the Government of Canada’s Emergency Support for Community Organizations granting program.

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