Masks In Every Community

With back-to-school just around the corner, stark divisions between regional readiness are coming into focus. Chronically underfunded parts of the province will be at a higher risk for becoming the new hotspots, which is why VIO Volunteers and Wintergreen Learning Materials are partnering up to equip kids in northern, remote and Indigenous Ontario with masks for a safe return to school and learning.

 Ontario’s Ministry of Education is requiring students in Grades 4 through 12 to wear masks, but cloth masks are not a solution for communities without access to clean water for regular washings. For Indigenous children, many of whom travel outside their communities for classes, the risk of exposure is heightened. COVID-19 could spread rapidly if carried from schools to homes in regions with a higher incidence of underlying conditions and where multigenerational and overcrowded housing is common.

There’s an urgent need to ensure students are ready to reenter the classroom. Raising $3,000 will allow us to purchase and deliver 10,000 masks to nine northern Ontario communities — enough PPE to cover students for the full school year. For nearly every dollar raised, we can provide a mask to a child in need. We recognize times are tough, that’s why we’re asking people to consider giving even $5 or $10.

If you can’t donate, please consider sharing. #MasksInEveryCommunity

VIO Volunteers

Founded in response to the COVID-19 crisis, our mission is to raise a volunteer workforce to tackle humanitarian projects throughout the province. We all have a part to play in ensuring each other’s safety. It is with this in mind that VIO Volunteers, a new nonprofit, is organizing to address the most pressing needs of Ontarians. We listen, assess and do our due diligence to determine the areas where we can have the greatest impact on health security.

Masks in Every Community is a campaign to raise funds for purchasing and delivery of life-saving PPE to Ontario’s northern, remote and Indigenous communities.

For more information on VIO Volunteers click here  .

Business Number is: 736052473RC 0001

Wintergreen Learning Materials

For 43 years, Wintergreen Learning Materials has been providing Canadian educators and child care providers with unique, exclusive and high-quality furniture, curriculum materials, and essential classroom supplies. We proudly support the education, safety and care of children across the country with materials Canadians can depend on, and service they can trust.

 Wintergreen is honoured to assist the work of VIO Volunteers through this GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for their Masks in Every Community initiative.

“As a supporter of remote, northern and Indigenous communities and children throughout our 43 year history, it’s become vitally important to us at Wintergreen that we do whatever we can to help others that are working to keep all communities supplied and safe.” - Michael Hayward, Wintergreen Learning Materials president and CEO

For more information on this partnership click here .


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