Local solutions in a global pandemic: support needed for community-led responses.
COVID-19 is bringing certain things into sharp focus: the inequity of impacts on communities battling this pandemic, and the importance of local responses and solutions. There is urgent need for us to step up. Gaps in government and market funding mean that many of our most vulnerable communities are at the greatest risk with the least access to support.
The crisis is acutely felt by local changemakers who are rapidly responding and adapting to unprecedented challenges and growing local need. Some are quickly adapting to provide immediate support to communities in crisis—connecting people to essential services in times of social distancing; providing essential community support to help lighten the load on first responders and healthcare professionals; advocating for the most vulnerable so they do not get left behind.
Others are feeling the pandemic’s severe economic consequences, as lost revenue and lack of funding force them to close their doors and cut off social programming to communities in need. And we know this will only get worse.
Community leaders are best positioned to address these challenges. They just need the resources to do it.
Your support will enable community-led responses like:
- Community mental health supports;
- Helping newcomers to Canada as they navigate COVID-19 in a different language and in a new country;
- Supporting young Indigenous leaders who are finding creative ways to help their communities;
- Creating virtual hubs for communities to connect to one another and share questions, concerns, and advice.