COVID-19 Donations, Volunteering and Food Drives

April 14th, 2020

Can You help?

Thank you in advance for your interest in helping. Please visit this Region of Durham site if you want to volunteer or make a donation that will assist in Durham Region. #’DurhamStrong.

Donation Needed: Looking for sewn masks

CMHA Durham is looking for community support for fabric sewn masks.

If you or someone you know has a sewing machine and is willing to assist us would be much appreciated. Here is are some links below with instructions and patterns:–BOyTiU&feature=emb_rel_end

It has been recommended that pleated masks with ties are more comfortable and allow for variable sizing.
If fabric is not available, any clean breathable cotton fabric can be used (i.e. sheets).

We appreciate any support to help us serve our community for as long as possible.

To reach CMHA-Durham please phone at 995-436-8760 or contact

United Way Durham COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Donate to the United Way Durham COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Every
dollar will stay in Durham Region and assist those most vulnerable in our

The United Way in Durham is uniquely positioned to work with
existing agency and community partners to ensure that your dollars are utilized efficiently and with scale.

As we work through this, we thank you for helping us return to a healthier and more prosperous Durham Region for all.

Durham Outlook for The Needy (DOFN operates St. Vincent’s Kitchen)

DOFN would like to thank everyone for their concerns and caring emails that we have been receiving lately. It is truly appreciated during hard times such as these. Many people have been asking for ways to aid through volunteering, donating food or monetary donations to help DOFN.

  • Monetary Donations: The best way to help support DOFN during these difficult times is through monetary donations. This can be done online at
  • In person: Cheques or cash can be safely dropped off in our mailbox. Please email for times when this will be available. The mailbox is located right inside the main entrance door on your right-hand side. The main door faces the King Street side of the building and has a sign that reads Durham Outlook for the Needy above the door. The door handle and mailbox will be sanitized. If you see someone inside using the mailbox, please wait outside for them to exit. One person inside at a time please.
    • Address is 51 King St E, Oshawa L1H 1B4 First Drop off time will be between 12pm-2pm Tuesday April 7th
  • Volunteering: Currently as a safety precaution we are not requiring the need of any more volunteers during this time, however, when we reopen, we will require all the volunteers we can possibly get. We will notify everyone when the timing is right. Please watch our Facebook page –
  • Food Donations: We are requesting that all food donations be dropped off to Feed the Need. They can be reached at 905-571-3863, please call ahead and do not just show up. We are working with Feed the Need and other organizations in the community pooling our resources together.
  • Programs: Out of the three programs DOFN offers, our Food Distribution and Pick-Up program is still in operation. We are combining efforts with other organizations in the community to ensure the vulnerable in our community are still being supported in the safest possible way. For the protection of the vulnerable in our community we have had to close the kitchen and store programs. These programs will re-open once the state of emergency has been removed.

Thank you to all of the front line workers risking their lives every day to make our community a better place.


May 4th, 2020

The Region of Durham is releasing homelessness support funding in response to the growing needs in Durham’s homelessness support system, due to the impact of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund is available as a one-time allocation for non-profit organizations in Durham Region that are providing urgent help to vulnerable residents, homeless residents and residents at risk of homelessness impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund is to provide financial assistance to support eligible non-profit agencies to provide supports for homeless residents living in Durham Region during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If approved, applicants may receive funding within 5 to 10 business days
after submitting their application.
To apply for funding, your agency must be:
•Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.
•Able to sign a Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy agreement
or an Ontario Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI)
•Located in the Region of Durham.
•Providing supports for homeless residents in Durham Region.

More information and to apply: