United Way of Saskatoon and Area is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely as the World Health Organization is now terming it a pandemic.
Now more than ever we need to remember to spread kindness and Local Love to those around us. Please, remember that some will feel the effects of the outbreak and social distancing much more than others. It’s important for us to support our community’s most vulnerable in the coming weeks.
Here’s how you can support those people in our community:
- Make donations to your local foodbank. Foodbanks are going to be seeing higher demands and less supplies in the coming weeks.
- Online Donations to local charities and not for profits.
Connecting to others is essential to our mental health and well-being. Here are some ways that you can reach out to others and let them know that you are thinking about them while practicing social distancing:
- Making time with friends for real time phone conversations
- If you’re online use Skype, Facetime, or Zoom to check in
- Send messages of support through social media
- Check in over text
- Go to trusted news sources for information
Here are some resources to visit:
- Saskatchewan Health Authority information and self-assessment tool: https://saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus
- 8-1-1 Healthline
- 2-1-1 Saskatchewan. Call, text, or go online for resources or help in your community not related to COVID-19.
- What to do when the paycheque stops? Click here.
*Please note, 2-1-1 will direct you to 8-1-1 at this time for any inquiries related to COVID-19.
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and support efforts to promote social distancing, United Way offices will be closed to the public effective March 17th, 2020, until further notice. We recognize our role to ensure that everyone in our community gets the support they need during this critical time. As such, most United Way staff will be working remotely and will continue to be available by email, phone, or virtually.
Our office is actively monitoring the developments as put forth by all levels of government including Health Canada and we’ll continue to provide updates as this situation develops.
Thank you for your patience and remember to share kindness and Local Love.