“I was sick and you looked after me”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic is affecting many in our communities.
Many need help and also many are willing to help.
Just a few days ago on March 17 John Lohr MLA arranged a meeting with John Andrews, Lisa Andrew and Simon Goodfellow to explore ways we could enable people to ask for help and to volunteer to help others during the Emergency. The next day we had a website https://helps.openarms.ca operational specifically for Kings County, Nova Scotia. The reaction from neighbours across Kings County was astonishing with many people volunteering. Coordinated by Open Arms all those who requested help received it using local resources and volunteers who registered on the site.
The idea caught on and a few days later a group in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia led by Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin MLA requested a similar site and https://cumberland.nbr2nbr.ca was born.
10 days into the project nbr2nbr.ca came into existence with the capability of enabling help across Canada.
The initial experience with Open Arms and https://helps.openarms.ca demonstrated that a coordinator who manages request and volunteers and keeps up to date with local resources can arrange to provide help for most cases. https://nbr2nbr.ca is designed to have a coordinator for a group of postcodes who connects people requiring help with local resources and volunteers to help.
Annapolis County and Hants County in Nova Scotia had coordinators in the first few days and people are being helped as a result. If you or your organization would like to coordinate help in your area please let us know by completing the contact form with relevant details.
Everything is developed by volunteers and service costs to date have been covered by donations specifically for the infrastructure.