Even outside of a pandemic, there are urgent needs in the community that our friends and neighbours are facing.

Combined with restrictions on gatherings, social distancing, and stay-at-home orders, the work of non-profits, charities, and community organizations becomes more important, but also more difficult to do.

On our latest podcast, we spoke with representatives from three local organizations who have changed the way they engage with the community so they can continue to serve those who need them the most.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent, they have been able to create activity boxes for kids and families so that they can continue to make connections within the community.

NeighbourLink Chatham-Kent is addressing homelessness by embarking on a new project with Indwell.

And the Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent is offering peer support through their Warm Line so that no one is left behind.

These are just a few examples of the many innovative and creative ways that groups are reaching out, meeting basic and emergency needs, and providing important services to our community.

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