The Oakville Community Fund "GIVEOakville" - Running until December 12, 2022, GIVEOakville is a showcase of local charities vetted by the Oakville Community Foundation as having "Certified Local" impact. We are honoured to be among the charities chosen for this year's campaign. You can support us, and all of the "Certified Local" charities right here.
United Way Halton & Hamilton "Sleepless in Our Cities" - Both our Executive Director Dara and our Board Chair Gail participated in this initiative to fundraise for the United Way Halton & Hamilton in February 2022 (see video below), and will be sleeping in their cars again in 2023 to raise awareness about poverty in our community. Stay tuned for details!
COVID-19 has had a severe impact on our community’s mental health, and most residents don’t know that there is a free support system just a phone call away. Distress Centre Halton is available for anyone experiencing emotional stress, not just in extreme circumstances, but whenever you feel like you need someone to talk to. Call before you reach your breaking point, and it may never have to get that far.
The phone rang at 12:04 am, four minutes past midnight. On the line to Distress Centre Halton’s 24-hour response line was a 17-year-old girl. More than contemplating suicide, she had made a plan. Her father had recently died. He was the only one who had really understood what her life with a disability was like. The volunteer who took the call listened and supported her for over an hour.