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The Social Planning & Action Tables with Eva Marie Clarke

The local nonprofit sector has seen big strides in collaboration over the past year with the Social Planning & Action Tables! If you want to learn more about them, we interviewed our newest staff member Eva Marie Clarke (who helps facilitate the Tables’ weekly virtual meetings) to get her take on them. 1. Welcome to… Read more »

Guides to Self-Isolation and Resources to Help You Through It

As COVID-19 cases rise, you may be wondering what it’s like to be tested for COVID-19, and if you’re asked to self-isolate. There are a number of resources provided by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and other levels of government to help you prepare if you, a friend, or family member ever has to be… Read more »

Local Youth Centres Collaborating to Keep Connections Strong

There aren’t many places for youth to connect these days, particularly during the colder months. While youth centres in Blenheim, Tilbury, and Dresden have been closed for the past year, staff have come up with virtual programs so that connections with youth are maintained. Emily Robert, Executive Director of the Blenheim Youth Centre, says that… Read more »

Activity Boxes, Virtual Fundraisers, and Warm Lines

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… Read more »

What is a Third Party Fundraiser?

While it’s difficult to hold fundraisers the way we used to, there are so many ways that you can give back to the community and help those who need it most. One great example of this is Mainstreet Credit Union and their Dress Down Fridays. Before many of us started working from home, the staff… Read more »

Helping the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting

The Coldest Night of the Year event is returning to Chatham-Kent for a fifth year, though it’s no surprise that 2021 will be much different. Taking place virtually, participants can now walk any time this month, rather than on one day as in previous years. According to their website, “The Coldest Night of the Year… Read more »

Chatham Hope Haven & St. Andrew’s Residence

Nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profit groups and charities continue to face challenges every day. On our latest podcast (linked below), we spoke with Loree Bailey who is the General Manager of Chatham Hope Haven and Lynn McGeachy Schultz who is the Board Chair at St. Andrew’s Residence. As winter settles in and… Read more »

Helping Problematic Substance Use in a time of COVID

In June 2020, Ontario’s Chief Coroner announced a 25% increase in suspected drug-related deaths between March to May 2020 compared to 2019*. This statistic may sound alarming, but local frontline social service providers saw this as a possible problem in Chatham-Kent and alerted the Mental Health and Problematic Substance Use Social Planning & Action Table… Read more »

Volunteers Needed at R.O.C.K. Missions

Twice a week, dozens of volunteers reach out to people experiencing homelessness in Chatham-Kent. They bring them meals, supplies, and make connections to help ensure they are receiving and accessing the services they need. R.O.C.K. Missions was established in August 2019 and has quickly grown into an organization that does outreach every Tuesday and Saturday…. Read more »

Take-Out Thursday at the ALC

Something as simple as a ready-made meal can mean so much to someone living in isolation. The Active Lifestyle Centre in Chatham is starting their Take-Out Thursday program where seniors and the general public can visit the Centre and purchase ready-made meals. Executive Director Linda Lucas says the take-out program is one of the few… Read more »