Food Banks Canada
Before COVID-19, food banks across Canada saw over one million visits to food banks each month. Since the crisis began, more people are turning to food banks to keep food on the table – many for the first time. While we are being told to stock up on supplies during this challenging time, people who struggle with food insecurity do not have that privilege. With food donations decreasing, reduced volunteers and people filling their own pantries, food banks are struggling to keep their doors open for their communities. They have the reach to provide food and funds to a network of 650 food banks across the country during this critical time.
The BLM movement receives funds through a charity called Thousand Currents. #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
Canadian Women's Foundation / Fondation Canadienne Des Femmes
To address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of the largest women’s foundations. We empower women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. Through these uncertain times, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on vulnerable women and girls throughout Canada. Programs and services are seeing a surge in gender-based violence and economic problems, and they’re struggling to meet women’s needs. Tireless Together is a national emergency fund to provide critical support to women and girls through the COVID-19 crisis.
Community Living Toronto
Community Living Toronto has been a source of support for people with an intellectual disability and their families since 1948. Over the past few months, Community Living Toronto (CLTO) has taken rapid and necessary steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic by suspending day programs following Public Health guidance around physical distancing and limiting journeys outside the home to essential needs only. People with intellectual disabilities are one of the hardest-hit individuals and populations as self-isolation and containment methods continually increase.