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Monday, March 23, 2020

Local Website Connects Those Who Want To Help During Pandemic

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

'The Do' is a site where people can ask for help and others can volunteer during COVID-19.

A new, local website for those who want to be part of the community response to COVID-19, has launched.

United Way of Bruce Grey Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn has come up with a site called 'The Do.'

Dobbyn says it allows people to connect with one another remotely to help each other.
Those who want to volunteer can connect, and those who could use a hand can connect, "You can go in and offer to help, or you can go in and say 'I need help,'" says Dobbyn.

Volunteer activities can be any of a number of things including making phone calls to isolated people to chat with them, boarding a pet for someone who is in hospital, playing online games like scrabble with people, writing social letters to be mailed to long-term care homes or helping with safe fundraising (no in-person events) or advocating on behalf of the community and sharing information.  

Dobbyn says, "If you need food, if you would like somebody to phone, if you want somebody to chat with because you're home isolating by yourself and you'd just like to chat, or if you play scrabble online."

"We're adding more volunteer opportunities as they are suggested to us," says Dobbyn.

Dobbyn says the online portion of the initiative has been launched and there will be an over the phone component available in the next week. (March 23-27)

Go to: www.thedo.ca

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