HelpAge Canada supported over 150,000 seniors across Canada since March.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Charities Seeing an Increase in Demand Due to COVID-19

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It’s been a challenging few weeks for all Canadians as we continue to grapple with COVID-19. Nearly 2 million Canadians have lost their jobs, millions of students remain home from school, and physical distancing is isolating seniors and vulnerable Canadians. Despite the challenges, there are still signs of help and hope from charities across the country.

Since the mass shut down of businesses, schools, and other institutions across Canada in mid-March, many charities have reported a drastic rise in service demand from vulnerable communities due to COVID-19. This includes an urgent and heightened demand on women’s shelters, mental health crisis lines, food banks, and organizations supporting isolated seniors, among many other charities who have all risen to the challenge to support frontline relief efforts.

As some charities like Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children are bracing for an eventual increase in demand during recovery, others are dealing with more immediate and urgent needs. At HelpAge Canada, a national charity supporting vulnerable seniors in Canada and around the world, their team has been working to mitigate the effects of loneliness and isolation among seniors since the pandemic began. Since March, their team has supported over 150,000 seniors across Canada by providing access to medication, food, hygiene products, and more.

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