Covid-19

TOP 10 ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The fight for justice and equality does not revolve around a single issue. Rather, it is a response to the most pressing needs of our day. Today, we respond to the need created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of organizations across Canada that are focusing on addressing the unique needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. They could use your help a lot more than we can at this time. Here is our list of ten organizations doing this important work and instructions on how you can support them.

 

CANADA (National):

 

The John Howard Society

 

 

 

Website:

https://johnhoward.ca/services-across-canada/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @JohnHoward_Can

Facebook: @JohnHowardSocietyCanada

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The JHS has branches and offices in over 60 communities across Canada, in all 10 provinces and the Northwest Territories. As an essential service, JHS offices continue to provide critical justice and social services and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Like the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, the JHS believes those who have come in conflict with the law should be given a second chance. The organization provides for the effective integration into the community of those in conflict with the law and promotes changes in the law that will lead to more humane and effective treatment of individuals.

 

How can I support?

You can donate here.

 

 

 

QUEBEC

 

The Old Brewery Mission Foundation

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.missionoldbrewery.ca/en/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @missionOBM

Facebook: @missionoldbrewery

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Open 24/7, the Old Brewery Mission is the largest resource for homeless men in Quebec and one of the largest resources for homeless women in Canada. The provincial government has officially declared the Old Brewery Mission, an essential service. Our teams on the frontline are working to ensure the health and safety of nearly 4,000 homeless men and women during, the covid-19 crisis.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Homelessness is a form of marginalization that results in overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.

How can I support?

You can donate here.

 

 

THE PRAIRIES

 

Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

 

 

 

Website:

https://mhrn.ca

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @mbhrn

Facebook: @manitobaharmreductionnetwork

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Providing harm reduction support to vulnerable communities with a particular focus on Aboriginal populations with AIDS. MHRN is working with a number of community organizations to collect harm reduction information and resources related to COVID-19 for people in Manitoba who: - use drugs - are experiencing homelessness/houselessness/overcrowded living situations - are Indigenous - provide services to these groups

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

The MHRN Shares our commitment to ending the stigma around drugs

 

Cannabis Amnesty is committed to assisting Aboriginal populations who are overrepresented in criminal justice system. There is also significant overrepresentation of AIDS among Manitoba’s Aboriginal peoples and the problem is growing. The factors that lead to overrepresentation of AIDS in the Aboriginal population are some of the same factors that result in overrepresentation in the CJS, including systemic racism and a history of colonization MHRN is doing valuable work compiling statistics on the impact of COVID19 on individuals who use drugs, are Aboriginal, are homeless, etc. We are also committed to making sure that data is compiled on the impact that government policies have on these same groups.

 

How can I support?

You can help by providing information you have on the affect of COVID 19 of the identified groups by emailing covid19@mhrn.ca.

 

 

ALBERTA

 

The Mustard Seed

 

 

 

Website:

https://theseed.ca

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @mustardseedyyc

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

People experiencing poverty and homelessness are among those most at risk of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The Mustard Seed provides a variety of essential services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness including housing, employment assistance and health and wellness services.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

The Cannabis Amnesty team cares about vulnerable communities. The Mustard Seed is actively supporting vulnerable populations as we deal with the pandemic.

How can I support?

Donations can be made here.

 

 

MARITIMES

 

Brunswick Street Mission

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.brunswickstreetmission.org/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @BSMHalifax

Facebook: @BSM.inspire

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The Brunswick Street Mission, located in Halifax, serves those who struggle with poverty. Many are homeless, others are at risk of homelessness. Since March 2020, the Mission has been preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 shelters, double the amount of meals it normally makes per day.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Like the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, the Brunswick Street mission aims to address concerns primarily related to social problems such as poverty and homelessness. These issues include mental illness, addictions, physical disabilities, criminal record, and violence.

 

How can I support?

The Mission needs donations to help them purchase the food they need to cook over 350 meals daily. Donate to the Mission here.

 

 

THE NORTH

 

We Matter

 

 

 

Website:

https://wemattercampaign.org/

 

Social Media Handles:

Facebook: @WeMatterCampaign    

Twitter: @WeMatterOrg               

Instagram: @wematterorg

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

We Matter is an Indigenous youth-led and nationally registered organization dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion. Suicide rates for Indigenous youth are several times higher than that of other Canadians, as well as rates for challenges like addiction, abuse, and school drop outs. We Matter recently had a virtual town hall on Thursday afternoon to discuss the ways in which young Aboriginals can maintain mental health and wellness during COVID19 isolation periods.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Aboriginal youth are overrepresented in cannabis-related arrests. They are a segment of the population that are uniquely vulnerable to over-policing and over-incarceration. Focusing on the mental health and wellness of Aboriginal youth is an important way to ensure their success and well-being.

 

How can I support?

Donations can be made here.

You can also purchase merchandise here.

 

ONTARIO

 

Fred Victor House

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.fredvictor.org/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @FredVictorTO

Instagram: @fredvictorcentre

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Fred Victor continues to provide housing and shelter for men, women and families who live in extreme poverty, are marginally housed or are homeless and strives to provide appropriate and effective health services for community members through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Homelessness is more likely to bring people in contact with the police. Increased police interactions results in overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. This overrepresentation is a phenomenon the Campaign is seeking to combat.

 

How can I support?

Donate to their COVID-19 fund here.

 

 

ONTARIO

 

Feed It Forward

 

 

 

Website:

https://feeditforward.ca/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @Jagger_Gordon

Instagram @chefjaggergordon

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Feed it forward helps provide food to vulnerable communities across the GTA.

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Many communities most effected by possession offences live in areas that are considered “foot desert” and suffer from food insecurity.

How can I support?

You can make a donation here.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

First Nations Health Authority

 

 

 

Website:

www.fnha.ca

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @fnha

Facebook: @firstnationshealthauthority

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The FNHA is working with provincial and federal partners to actively monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has have created a COVID-19 web portal to help BC First Nations people and their health care providers and community leaders get the information they need to keep themselves and others safe.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

This organization supports First Nations communities who are disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

How can I support?

Take advantage of and share the culturally sensitive COVID-19 resources available on their website here.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

Salvation Army BC

 

 

 

Website:

https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @salvationarmy

Facebook: @salvationarmy

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The need for services has increased over the past few weeks as people are getting laid off due to businesses forced to close their doors. We are serving more individuals and families with the following: Shelter Spaces and beds, food bank, community meal services, mobile feeding trucks, spiritual and emotional counselling, care packages and sanitary Supplies.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

This organization supports vulnerable communities including children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

 

How can I support?

Donate here.

 

CANADA (National):

 

The John Howard Society

 

 

 

Website:

https://johnhoward.ca/services-across-canada/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @JohnHoward_Can

Facebook: @JohnHowardSocietyCanada

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The JHS has branches and offices in over 60 communities across Canada, in all 10 provinces and the Northwest Territories. As an essential service, JHS offices continue to provide critical justice and social services and programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Like the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, the JHS believes those who have come in conflict with the law should be given a second chance. The organization provides for the effective integration into the community of those in conflict with the law and promotes changes in the law that will lead to more humane and effective treatment of individuals.

 

How can I support?

You can donate here.

 

 

 

QUEBEC

 

The Old Brewery Mission Foundation

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.missionoldbrewery.ca/en/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @missionOBM

Facebook: @missionoldbrewery

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Open 24/7, the Old Brewery Mission is the largest resource for homeless men in Quebec and one of the largest resources for homeless women in Canada. The provincial government has officially declared the Old Brewery Mission, an essential service. Our teams on the frontline are working to ensure the health and safety of nearly 4,000 homeless men and women during, the covid-19 crisis.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Homelessness is a form of marginalization that results in overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.

How can I support?

You can donate here.

 

 

THE PRAIRIES

 

Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

 

 

 

Website:

https://mhrn.ca

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @mbhrn

Facebook: @manitobaharmreductionnetwork

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Providing harm reduction support to vulnerable communities with a particular focus on Aboriginal populations with AIDS. MHRN is working with a number of community organizations to collect harm reduction information and resources related to COVID-19 for people in Manitoba who: - use drugs - are experiencing homelessness/houselessness/overcrowded living situations - are Indigenous - provide services to these groups

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

The MHRN Shares our commitment to ending the stigma around drugs

 

Cannabis Amnesty is committed to assisting Aboriginal populations who are overrepresented in criminal justice system. There is also significant overrepresentation of AIDS among Manitoba’s Aboriginal peoples and the problem is growing. The factors that lead to overrepresentation of AIDS in the Aboriginal population are some of the same factors that result in overrepresentation in the CJS, including systemic racism and a history of colonization MHRN is doing valuable work compiling statistics on the impact of COVID19 on individuals who use drugs, are Aboriginal, are homeless, etc. We are also committed to making sure that data is compiled on the impact that government policies have on these same groups.

 

How can I support?

You can help by providing information you have on the affect of COVID 19 of the identified groups by emailing covid19@mhrn.ca.

 

 

ALBERTA

 

The Mustard Seed

 

 

 

Website:

https://theseed.ca

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @mustardseedyyc

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

People experiencing poverty and homelessness are among those most at risk of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The Mustard Seed provides a variety of essential services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness including housing, employment assistance and health and wellness services.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

The Cannabis Amnesty team cares about vulnerable communities. The Mustard Seed is actively supporting vulnerable populations as we deal with the pandemic.

How can I support?

Donations can be made here.

 

 

MARITIMES

 

Brunswick Street Mission

 

 

 

Website:

 

https://www.brunswickstreetmission.org/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @BSMHalifax

Facebook: @BSM.inspire

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The Brunswick Street Mission, located in Halifax, serves those who struggle with poverty. Many are homeless, others are at risk of homelessness. Since March 2020, the Mission has been preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 shelters, double the amount of meals it normally makes per day.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Like the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, the Brunswick Street mission aims to address concerns primarily related to social problems such as poverty and homelessness. These issues include mental illness, addictions, physical disabilities, criminal record, and violence.

 

How can I support?

The Mission needs donations to help them purchase the food they need to cook over 350 meals daily. Donate to the Mission here.

 

 

THE NORTH

 

We Matter

 

 

 

Website:

https://wemattercampaign.org/

 

Social Media Handles:

Facebook: @WeMatterCampaign    

Twitter: @WeMatterOrg               

Instagram: @wematterorg

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

We Matter is an Indigenous youth-led and nationally registered organization dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion. Suicide rates for Indigenous youth are several times higher than that of other Canadians, as well as rates for challenges like addiction, abuse, and school drop outs. We Matter recently had a virtual town hall on Thursday afternoon to discuss the ways in which young Aboriginals can maintain mental health and wellness during COVID19 isolation periods.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Aboriginal youth are overrepresented in cannabis-related arrests. They are a segment of the population that are uniquely vulnerable to over-policing and over-incarceration. Focusing on the mental health and wellness of Aboriginal youth is an important way to ensure their success and well-being.

 

How can I support?

Donations can be made here.

You can also purchase merchandise here.

 

ONTARIO

 

Fred Victor House

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.fredvictor.org/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @FredVictorTO

Instagram: @fredvictorcentre

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Fred Victor continues to provide housing and shelter for men, women and families who live in extreme poverty, are marginally housed or are homeless and strives to provide appropriate and effective health services for community members through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Homelessness is more likely to bring people in contact with the police. Increased police interactions results in overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. This overrepresentation is a phenomenon the Campaign is seeking to combat.

 

How can I support?

Donate to their COVID-19 fund here.

 

 

ONTARIO

 

Feed It Forward

 

 

 

Website:

https://feeditforward.ca/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @Jagger_Gordon

Instagram @chefjaggergordon

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

Feed it forward helps provide food to vulnerable communities across the GTA.

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

Many communities most effected by possession offences live in areas that are considered “foot desert” and suffer from food insecurity.

How can I support?

You can make a donation here.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

First Nations Health Authority

 

 

 

Website:

www.fnha.ca

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @fnha

Facebook: @firstnationshealthauthority

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The FNHA is working with provincial and federal partners to actively monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has have created a COVID-19 web portal to help BC First Nations people and their health care providers and community leaders get the information they need to keep themselves and others safe.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

This organization supports First Nations communities who are disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

How can I support?

Take advantage of and share the culturally sensitive COVID-19 resources available on their website here.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

Salvation Army BC

 

 

 

Website:

https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/

 

Social Media Handles:

Twitter: @salvationarmy

Facebook: @salvationarmy

 

This is what this organization is doing for vulnerable communities during the COVID pandemic?

The need for services has increased over the past few weeks as people are getting laid off due to businesses forced to close their doors. We are serving more individuals and families with the following: Shelter Spaces and beds, food bank, community meal services, mobile feeding trucks, spiritual and emotional counselling, care packages and sanitary Supplies.

 

This is why you should care about this organization if you care about Cannabis Amnesty:

This organization supports vulnerable communities including children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

 

How can I support?

Donate here.

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