How We Can Help

Updated: April 28, 2020

Our offices are currently closed however we remain operational and are continuing to work to support our community. Staff continue to be virtually reachable and our contact information can be found here

What’s Needed?

While we may be isolating ourselves, we can still help those in need. We’ve contacted many of our local charities, and will continue to do so weekly, to find out what they need most to provide for their clients. Check this list often and connect with the charities directly on other ways you can help.

How to Support the Local Community

  • Support people who are self-isolating, especially people without nearby family, elderly people, and people with a disability or long-term health condition such as cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease. Many people will feel anxious about coronavirus and hearing from someone could go a long way to ease their concerns.
  • The top areas of impact will be felt by food banks, food service agencies, community kitchens and mental health and social care charities. 
  • Buy tickets or gift cards for future community events and local organizations to show support for the greater community. Think about your local independent grocery store, movie theatre and more.
  • Create wish lists for direct delivery to non-profit organizations and shelters that cannot currently receive in-person donations
  • Thank a healthcare worker or volunteer.  Health care workers and volunteers are making huge personal sacrifices to continue to care for their clients and reassure them. They are busier than ever, so words of encouragement help!
  • Our local doctors are asking for your help if you can donate certified Personal Protective Equipment so they can keep seeing patients

Additional Community services available

  • Acclaim Health remains open with extra precautions in place for volunteers, staff and clients. Please consider becoming a volunteer or donating here.
  • The Aids Network  Oakville location is closed, however the van will continue to distribute naloxone and harm reduction supplies nightly from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Call or text 905-317-9966.
  • CMHA is running free “walk-in” counselling by phone 289-291-5396. Please note callers will be contacted by a counsellor within 24 hours. 
  • Canadian Cancer Society is still running online programs to help support those in need. Visit their website for more details.
  • Distress Centre Halton remains open and is taking precautions. Oakville community members can call 905-849-4541.
  • Halton Women’s Place still has crisis lines available for women in need at 905-332-7892 and 905-878-8555.
  • RedBit has put together a guide on how you can be successful while working from home as a non-profit.
  • ROCK  has implemented a 24/7 crisis line for coronavirus anxiety, reachable at 905-878-9785.
  • SAVIS Halton offices are closed, with a support line open 24/7 available at 905-875-1555.
  • The Women’s Centre of Halton has suspended walk-in and group programs, however peer support remains available for Oakville community members by calling 905-847-5520.

Information for You

COVID-19 by Halton Region.

For current and up-to-date information in Halton Region, please see Halton Region’s COVID-19 update page. If you have symptoms or are considered high risk, you are advised to call 311 to begin the assessment process. If you have severe symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

For other information, please visit:

Public Health – Ontario

Public Health – Canada