#GivingTuesdayNow – May 5, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.

Though our office may be closed our support of women, men and youth continues through phone calls, video conferences, emails and social media. With your generosity during #GivingTuesdayNow we can lift the spirits of many in our community.

How can you give?

You may wish to donate now online here anytime. (Please select ‘Area of Greatest Need’)

OR

FOR ONE DAY ONLY on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 our main office (16 Mary Street West, St.Thomas) reception desk will be open from 9 am to 5 pm as we accept donations of items as well as monetary donations.  Please note social distancing of 6 feet will be practiced as donations are to be dropped off within the vestibule. One of our receptionists will be onsite to thank you and gather items safely.

What kind of donations are we seeking?

Stay At Home Activitiy Kits:

For many of our homes that are isolating we find that they need personal activity kits to keep occupied and engaged. Please keep in mind about 30% of our residents are young males. These could include:
Puzzles
Colouring books
Word search games
Small craft items ie bracelet making kits
Packaged snacks or treats

Pay-as-you-go phone cards:

We are staying connected to our residents through regular contact throughout the day and are using phone, text, zoom and face time to do so.

Add a touch of comfort:

Small fans for each room
Twin sheet sets are needed due to increased laundry during the pandemic and would freshen up our residents’ rooms.

Monetary donations for safe distancing social activities and lunches:

Our Women’ Residence is communal and with safe distancing restrictions the women are unable to visit in our lounges or kitchen so we are now planning and providing safe distancing social interactions in our gym to raise their spirits and provide a social outlet.  At least once a week we provide a lunch, independant games and activities, craft and light exercise using physical distancing and your monetary donation would greatly assist with these activities. Donate online today under ‘Area of Greatest Need’.

Keep A Roof Over Their Heads:

Last but not least this is the time of year where we would normally be running our Keep A Roof Campaign which raises funds to support our Housing and Poverty Prevention Programs – donations to that fund are always welcome and can be done easily online here.

 

Recent News

Preventing A Lockdown Generation – YWCA Canada Report 2021

Preventing A Lockdown Generation – YWCA Canada Report 2021

The last year and a half has challenged us all, especially young people. From frustrating school disruptions to heartbreaking job layoffs to the concerning mental health crisis, this is not how young people envisioned starting out their adult lives. If we don’t do...

New Executive Director Announced

New Executive Director Announced

June 23, 2021 A Message from our President   It is with great pleasure that I announce the new Executive Director for the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, Lindsay Rice. Lindsay will be starting officially in this role as of July 5th. The Board of Directors is both saddened...

Support in Bloom Spring Raffle Winners

Support in Bloom Spring Raffle Winners

New beginnings blossom here! This Spring we are proud to announce we will be hosting our first ever online raffle, Support In Bloom! All proceeds will support the variety of programs and services we offer. Whether it be extended learning through our Skills Training...

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

May 20, 2021 YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin announces proposed slate for Board of Directors for 2021/22. Erica Arnett – Erica has a Health Sciences degree from UWO and has been working in Public Health for over 15 years.  Erica recently completed her MBA.  Erica was a member...

Call to action for youth facing barriers

Call to action for youth facing barriers

LETTER TO MAYOR PRESTON, MP VECCHIO & MPP YUREK  May 2021 Dear Community Partners, Whether we’re adults, seniors, youth, or children, we know that we’re all struggling with the effects of COVID 19.  But did you know that the instances of youth suicide - both local...

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

Executive Director Announces Retirement

May 11, 2021 With mixed feelings, I announce that our Executive Director, Marla Champion, has informed the Board of Directors of her plans to retire. Marla joined the YWCA St Thomas Elgin as the Executive Director in 1993. Over the last 25 years, under her leadership,...

The Doug Tarry Challenge

The Doug Tarry Challenge

Time to Build! May 5, 2021 - Project Tiny Hope is a partnership effort between Doug Tarry Homes, the YWCA and Sanctuary Homes. We have a shared vision to bring quality, energy efficient, well maintained and supportive affordable housing to the community of St. Thomas....

Community Symposium Addressing Women’s Homelessness

Community Symposium Addressing Women’s Homelessness

On February 25, 2021 Taking Action on Women's Homelessness hosted our first ever virtual Community Symposium Addressing Women's Homelessness to hear how we together can help women experiencing homelessness in St. Thomas-Elgin! Taking Action on Women’s Homelessness...

Camps Needs Survey

It's almost the holidays but here we are thinking about P.A Days and March Break! Please complete the school specific survey below and let us know what your family's needs are for non-instructional days.  We know in today's situation our needs are ever evolving and...

Bike-a-thon For A Cause Winners Announced

Bike-a-thon For A Cause Winners Announced

Thank you to all participants for joining us in our 1st ever virtual Bike-A-Thon! The weather was great during our week-long event which gave members of our community the opportunity to ride, walk, run or stroll in support of YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin. Through your...

Exit Site
Skip to content