Caremongers Haliburton to provide assistance during pandemic
By Chad Ingram
County resident Donna Gagnon, along with some friends and colleagues, has organized a group designed to help others access goods and services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Caremongers Haliburton Facebook page is a forum where residents looking for items or services can request them, and volunteers will then carry out those tasks for them.
“We’re all about caring and sharing, not scaremongering during this unprecedented time and thought it would be helpful to have an online place for our community to come together,” Gagnon told the paper.
She’s been inspired by an article she’d seen about a similar group that was created in Halifax.
“In this group, people can ask for help if they need it,” Gagnon explained, adding this could mean anything from picking up and dropping off groceries and prescriptions to having driveways shovelled to sharing items that may have become unavailable at stores.
“The goal of this group is to organize the Haliburton County community on the grassroots level to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, health care, and other necessities,” Gagnon writes on the group’s Facebook page. “It is also for the redistribution of resources in the case that stockpiling prevents people from accessing basics. You can also post requests for aid/support here. Please share any opportunities/events that may be helpful to support community members!”
Instructions for those looking for assistance can be found on the page at www.facebook.com/groups/