We would like to share how communities and businesses are shining in their efforts to help others through these challenging times. Plus, some ways you can help give back to those who need it, all while staying safe.
EQUIPPED & PROTECTED
Vancouver-based LNG Studios, which specializes in architectural renderings and 3D visualization, is using their 3D printers to print face shields for healthcare workers. They’re printing up to 60 per day and asking the rest of the 3D printing community to help out. Read more about their work here.
Arc’teryx, specializing in outdoor clothing and sporting goods is now producing 30,000 medical gowns to help with the current shortage in BC. With their partners Mustang Survival and Boardroom Clothing, a total of 90,000 will be produced and distributed. They’re asking for manufacturing outlets to bring more gowns to the frontline. Read more about it here.
In collaboration with the Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Whitecaps FB is producing high-performance athletic face masks with all net proceeds supporting the aquarium’s operating costs while they are closed to the public at this time. Learn more about it here, or click the picture to buy a mask for yourself.
FUEL & NOURISH
Feed the Frontline is an initiative that supports both local food businesses and fuels healthcare workers during their shifts. Collected funds are used to purchase meals from participating businesses and covers cost of food, wages, and delivery. We donated directly to our tenants Steve’s Poke Bar, who are restaurant partners in this initiative. You can show your support by donating to Feed the Frontline Vancouver and Feed the Frontline Lower Mainland.
SAFE & SANITIZED
To address the shortage of hand sanitizer, a number local breweries and distillers have stepped up to produce hand sanitizer including Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. For every litre of hand sanitizer we purchased, Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers matched it and donated 400L to hospitals, clinics, the Food Bank, and family services organizations. With higher sales volumes, they can bring down the cost of hand sanitizer for everyone. If you’re interested in purchasing hand sanitizer or donating directly, contact them here.
LEND A HAND
If you’re looking for other ways to help out, we’ve listed some non-profit organizations below that require some additional support during this time.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone provides professional counselling services to young people over the phone and online via live chat through the help of trained volunteers. Staying at home can be difficult for some depending on their family environments, and can take a toll on their mental health. If you’d like to get involved by donating or volunteer, click here.
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is always accepting donations, but the need is urgent right now. They’ve modified their procedures to keep everyone safe, including increased sanitation and physical distancing measures. Find out if you’re eligible to donate here.
Shelters are experiencing difficulties obtaining supplies and financial support during this time. With a reduced number of staff and volunteers, they continue to care for animals on site. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering animals to reduce shelter capacity, or would like to donate financially, click here.