With B.C. having just declared a state of emergency, the few essential services still operating in the Downtown Eastside are running at very limited capacity. Those unhoused or with precarious shelter arrangements often rely on crowded drop-in centres, food line-ups, and shelters with shared washrooms and showers to meet their basic needs. Currently, there is only one hand-wash station at Oppenheimer Park. We’ve compiled a list of items below that meet some of these needs for those living at Oppenheimer Park:
- Small bottles with sanitizer
- Small bottles with soap
- Small bottles with moisturizer
- Small soaps
- Non-latex gloves
- Ziplock bags
- Gazebo style tents
- Ensure and other meal replacement
If you have any of these items please email firstname.lastname@example.org with quantity and if you need a pick up or if you can do a drop off. We are working on best strategies for zero-contact drop-offs and pick-ups.
Carnegie Community Centre Association is accepting donations for emergency COVID19 response. All donations will go to Carnegie Community Action Project volunteer efforts to provide support to DTES residents. Other organizations who are providing on the ground support are also accepting donations. They include:
1) Our GoFundMe page (currently hosted by our volunteer donations coordinator, Rianne).
2) Our Facebook fundraiser (currently hosted by CCAP coordinator and administrator, Fiona York).
3) DTES Response Fund (hosted by connected community organizations in the Downtown Eastside, of which CCAP is included).
Unfortunately, we are not accepting monetary donations by mailed cheque at this time due to the urgency of the situation. Online monetary donations are the most efficient way for our team to purchase and deliver supplies to those in need. Thank you for understanding.
If you have questions, please text our coordinator, Fiona York at 604-251-6164 or email email@example.com.
Many thanks for your support in advance!