We are needed more than ever

Every year, more than 6,500 Ottawa families struggle to attain the necessities of life: food, shelter, and warm winter clothing for their children. The financial hardships associated with COVID-19 mean that this struggle will have an even broader and deeper impact in the coming months and years. 

Outdoor play is key to children’s physical and emotional well being and recent evidence suggests that transmission of COVID-19 is reduced outdoors compared to indoors. Outdoor play has multiple benefits, including support for mental health and active and healthy lifestyles, which in turn support learning and development.

As a community we must ensure that Ottawa’s most vulnerable children have access to warm snowsuits without families having to sacrifice other priorities.

 

Enhanced measures at our Depot 

To ensure the safety and well being of staff, volunteers, and the children and families we serve, we will follow these new efficiency measures and safety protocols when our Depot operations resume in September 2020:

  • We are adhering to provincial safety standards by implementing plexiglass screens, face shields, social distancing floor decals, and additional sanitation measures. 
  • We are limiting the number of volunteers, staff, and clients who can physically be in the depot at one time 
  • All Depot visitors will be required to wear facemasks and apply hand sanitizer upon entry
  • One staff member will be dedicated as a greeter to check on the wellness of all Depot visitors prior to entry. The greeter will dispense hand sanitizer and inform visitors of mandatory safety and social distance protocols, and ensure that all measures are adhered to. 
  • Snowsuit pickups will be “by appointment only” and can be scheduled online beginning August 1