COVID-19 is teaching us that we all have a part to play in ensuring each other’s safety. It is with this in mind that VIO Volunteers, our new nonprofit organization, is launching Masks in Every Community — a campaign to provide life-saving Personal Protective Equipment to Ontario’s northern, remote and Indigenous communities.

Our grassroots effort is seeking to raise $100,000 for the purchase and delivery of equipment through a supplier we’ve secured with a Class IV licence to import medical devices. While VIO Volunteers is conducting outreach and needs assessments in conjunction with the Chiefs of Ontario, NationTalk/IHToday.com, First Nation Health Managers Association and other Indigenous leaders, early projections place our goal at acquiring: 

1.8 million N95 masks
20,000 face shields
200,000 disposable gowns and Tyvek suits
1 million pairs of disposable full-seal non-latex gloves
450,000 bars of soap and bottles of hand sanitizer

As an entirely volunteer-run operation, there is minimal overhead and no cost to the communities involved.

Director of parliamentary affairs to Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson, Claudine Santos is drawing on nearly a decade’s worth of experience on the Hill and expertise in Indigenous issues, natural resources, energy and environment to personally hammer out the logistics. As CEO and president of our young organization, she’s already secured a deal with North West Company — the leading retailer in Northern Canada, owners of North Star Air, and experts at moving products to difficult-to-reach communities — to piggyback on their deliveries, bringing PPE from Thunder Bay to the communities they serve free of charge.

Many of the communities served by North West Company’s stores are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Larger populations of elders, shared living, a high incidence of diabetes and respiratory illnesses, delays caused by airlifts should residents require life-saving treatments, and insufficient health-care facilities are just a few of the many heightened risk factors. Without access to life-saving PPE, the mortality rate could be devastating.


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About VIO Volunteers

VIO Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that began as a public Facebook group and volunteer initiative founded by Matt Drouillard on March 21, 2020. After locating 22.9 million masks for Ontario hospitals by cold-calling businesses right out of the Yellow Pages, and directing an offer of 2,000 ventilators from Tesla to the Ministry of Health, we have set our sights north. Our latest initiative, Masks in Every Community, is raising funds to supply Ontario’s northern, remote and Indigenous communities with life-saving Personal Protective Equipment.

If you’d like to get involved, please send us a message via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/viovolunteers.


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    • $500 
    • 2 mos
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    • $100 
    • 2 mos
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    • $100 
    • 2 mos
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    • $25 
    • 2 mos
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    • $80 
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Fundraising team: VIO Volunteers (4)

VIO Volunteers 
Raised $711 from 9 donations
Brampton Northwest, ON
VIO Volunteers Corp. 
Claudine Santos 
Team member
Raised $2,195 from 22 donations
Matthew Drouillard 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation
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