Now more than ever, the children and youth that we serve need mentors and a support system during this challenging and unprecedented time.
We know that the children and families we serve will be heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Loneliness and social isolation can be difficult for all of us, but vulnerable families and children will suffer the most. In fact, many children and young people are now facing increased adversities in their homes as
- 44% of Canadian households have suffered job loss or reduced hours with over 1.3 million Canadians applying for EI benefits in the last two weeks.
- Domestic abuse shelters are seeing a dramatic increase in reports of family violence.
- Children’s helplines are reporting a 350% increase in calls from kids experiencing anxiety and mental health concerns.
Due to COVID-19, we have taken steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and community. Since March 17, our office has been closed to the public, we have suspended our clothing donation operation, and we have now cancelled our Annual Bowl for Big Brothers campaign which has resulted in a huge loss in revenue.
With an unpredictable timeline of when we will return to normal operation, we are asking for your help today to help sustain our organization so we can continue to provide mentorship for the children and youth we serve. Here are a few ways you can support us during this challenging time:
1). Donate to the organization’s COVID-19’s response fund.
2). Organize a digital fundraiser for Big Brothers.
3). Sign up to be a Big Brother and become a virtual buddy for a child in need right now click here.
4). If you have donations of clothing, we ask that you hold onto it until our operation resumes. If you’d like to be notified when the service returns, please register at www.BigClothingDonation.com
The COVID-19 pandemic has required everyone to stay home but our organization is determined to keep Big Brothers matches and connections going. Our program team has been working tirelessly to encourage matches to stay connected digitally so they can continue to build their friendships and to prevent further isolation. They have also been looking at different solutions to keep group programs going during school closures.
As this pandemic forces us to stay isolated and apart, we are asking for your support to help our matches, our families, and our organization to stay connected.