We are All in this Together - theHumm June 2020
We are All in this Together - theHumm June 2020
By Wanda MacDonald
In small communities like ours, you just need to ask for help and people step up. And everyone is definitely doing just that!
Mississippi Mills Together — or MMTogether for short — is one way that our community has stepped up to support one another during these challenging times. With a commitment to both local businesses and residents, MM Together has raised funds locally to do just that. And now, in partnership with Carebridge Community Support, we are seeing the results of this community energy. In addition to raising funds, MMTogether has several strategies to bring support and relief to those in need.
The Circle of Care project is designed to reach out to community members who are isolated, anxious or alone. In collaboration with local businesses and residents, gift cards are being purchased and donated. Through residents and volunteers, messages of support and encouragement are sent to those who may be particularly impacted during these times.
Family Fun Packs are designed to support families with children from the ages of 3 to 12, particularly families who are struggling financially during this challenging time. Entertaining gift packages will be provided to bring joy to children and parents alike.
Senior Packages will bring happiness to seniors who could use a boost. Living through the pandemic has cut off social contacts for everyone, and seniors may find themselves particularly isolated. A small gift to reach out will bring a positive glow to their day.
For several weeks, Carebridge and MMTogether have provided Grocery Delivery for residents who are challenged to get to the grocery store. They can call in their order and have groceries delivered to their homes through a network of volunteers.
Grocery Vouchers are available for those who are financially stretched and could benefit from a bit of relief.
Delicious Takeout Dinners are available for those in need. Working with local restaurants, a wonderful meal is delivered to your home to give a spark of relief to those feeling particularly overwhelmed.
MMTogether is supporting production of Masks made by a group of community volunteers. The masks are available to residents, either with a donation or free of charge for those finding their budget is tight.
These projects are all provided in partnership with our local businesses. In doing so, MMTogether supports them too.
Need help? Call the MMTogether confidential phone line at 343–571–2312 or email email@example.com and let us know which program would benefit you.
Looking for ways to support these efforts? None of this would be possible without many supporters, including generous donors, businesses and volunteers. If you are able to provide financial support, please go to carebridge.ca to donate.
Carebridge exists to respond to community needs — jumping in and figuring out what needs to be done. We are so grateful for everyone’s support.
Carebridge Community Support connects and is a catalyst for fostering stronger, caring, person-centred communities across Lanark County by working together to meet the needs of seniors, adults with developmental disabilities, and those who need affordable housing.
Where to Find the June Humm - theHumm June 2020
We’re heading out to deliver the June issue of theHumm! Because things have changed a wee bit since the last time we did our distribution, here’s a list of the places we will be trying to deliver to. Hours and more information can be found at the links. Happy Humm hunting!
Dandelion Foods dandelionfoods.ca
Don’s Meat Market donsmeatmarke......
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Jeff Wallace — Artist
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